October 13 2013

Happy Exploration Day

I know it's been a while since our last blog post. Apologies, pardons, and condolences for all involved. Christin and I have been busy these past few months printing shirts for sports teams, pharmacies, and various other projects we'd best not ask questions about. 

But we're back to creating new designs for our store front and our ever-adoring customers. This latest entry, like all good designs, requires some explanation.

What's Exploration Day

I'll get to Exploration Day, but first let me take you on a little journey, in the spirit of the holiday. Let's start with something that I think we can all agree on. Columbus Day: meh.

For many, Columbus Day is Monday by another name. If I were to rank the holidays we celebrate on a sliding scale of cinematic movies (for reference, Flag Day would be The Star Wars Holiday Special and Independence Day would be Independence Day), Columbus Day is a mix of Trolls 2 and Leonard Part 6. It feels like a mistake forced upon us by parties who don't have our best interest in mind (looking at you, Bill Cosby). The more I look into it, the clearer it becomes that there are serious problems with observing Columbus Day in any capacity. But, for most of my life, I didn't even care enough about Columbus Day to do anything about it.

And then I read this post by Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing about changing Columbus Day to Exploration Day. Whoa, I was astounded at the idea. The concept seems so obvious now. Exploration is a part of our heritage. It's the common thread that binds Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, Neil Armstrong, and countless others. Why does Christopher Columbus get a day, but not these figures with genuinely admirable accomplishments?

The seed had been planted, and I resolved to throw my hat in the ring with Exploration Day and mark my resolution with new designs each year commemorating worthy explorers. I'd like to present to you the first entry in the Exploration Day series.


It was difficult choosing a starting candidate for Exploration Day 2013, there are so many good options. But, one of the only bright spots in space exploration last year was the monumental achievement of the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars. So here's a fine portrait of the big fella's ChemCham and MastCam. Just look at that smile!

The title 'Exploration Day' is flanked by renditions of its AR tag, and underneath the word 'Curiosity' you'll find Morse code for 'JPL', which is also located on the rover's tire treads. The entire design will be printed in a red hue reminiscent of Mars' rusty soil.

Happy Exploration Day, everyone!


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