Woohoo! Lots of people are heading to Rockaway tomorrow morning for single fin surfing and spectating.
Uncharted Studios is a salty young brand, run by a cute young couple in Puerto Rico. The environmentally-concious printed tees, hats, books and mugs are luxuriously ethereal with a twist of sea creature humor. An NYC Urchin favorite is the Shark Fish Tote shown below! They’re kindly offering NYC Urchin readers a 20% discount on all purchases online (use code NYCURCHIN20)! If you’re taking a trip into their Rincon hood, stop by their shop and set hello! SHOP>>
What is ringspun cotton?
Ringspun cotton is simply raw cotton that get smoothed out for a softer, more comfortable feel. No itchy cotton tees!
When was The Uncharted Studio started and why?
The /Uncharted /Studio started in 2007 in Rincon, Puerto Rico as an alternative to the standard process of silkscreening on the island. Instead of using harsh chemicals in the process, /Uncharted utilizes soy and citrus based solvents and water based inks whenever possible. This ensures no chemicals bleeding out into our oceans.
All the printing is done in house?
All printing is done in house and hand pressed on manual machines using soy and citrus based solvents in the process.
What is the surf and surf culture like in Rincon?
Rincon is a small surf town on the West coast of Puerto Rico with some of the best breaks on the island. Surfers flock seasonally each winter for the waves and the vibe of the coastal town.
What’s your company culture like?
The /Uncharted /Studio embodies a culture of being free. Free to create, free to travel and free to live. Designs and work at /Uncharted are inspired by the ocean, both above and below the surface.
Do you have a storefront or a workspace someone can visit?
The brick and mortar shop and studio is located in the heart of downtown Rincon, PR.
Do you think the fish in the gyotaku prints would be satisfied knowing they left a lasting impression?
The fish from gyotaku prints leave a lasting impression not only on the canvas but also in our bellies or back out in the ocean as fishing bait post-printing.
Here’s a chilly video from a fellow New Yorker diving into the icy waters in NJ. Favorite line…“being back in the water was incredible. Even if the waves weren’t.” That’s the right attitude!
“This was my first cold water surf in a long time. I’m an east coast native, but I’ve been in waveless, albeit, technically coastal, Chicago for the last four years. So I had to literally dust off my wetsuits when I moved to Brooklyn last spring. I spent every summer weekend (and some weekdays) waking up at 5am to catch the last local A to Rockaway. And being back in the water was incredible. Even if the waves weren’t. But deep down I was waiting for winter. Most of my favorite surfing has taken place deep in the midst of winter–during Januarys when I was on break from college. It’s a different world paddling out from a silent, snow-dusted beach.
On this day we paddled out somewhere around Belmar, NJ. It was a few guys from work. We all work at an ad agency. I’m a copywriter, my buddy Dave does something above my pay grade, and our cameraman, James, is an art director (he doesn’t surf, but was a total champ, camping out on the beach like a proud dad taping a soccer match). The heavy offshore winds were intense. So, we were only out for an hour and a half or so. About as long as it took us to get there and gear up. But it was worth it. Surfacing after the first brain-numbing duck dive brought back that old feeling I was looking for–partly nostalgia, but mostly deep appreciation and gratitude for the experience of being in the water on this particular day.”
Tonight there is a meeting uptown to learn about two very different proposed energy plans for off the coast of New York – Liquified Natural Gas import station or a wind farm. The Liquified Natural Gas station is a proposed tanker port intended for the import (and potential export) of LNG. At a past community meeting in Long Beach, not long after dealing with Sandy, it seemed like 99% of the attendees were against the LNG plan, arguing that it could threaten the local ecosystem, could lead to health issues for surfers and swimmers, could prolong our dependence on a source of energy that will further impact our global climate and lead to more mega storms, and that the “import” station could be easily changed to export gas fracked from Marcellus Shale. Eek!. On the other hand, the 1% that were for the LNG port argued that it would bring jobs to the community. However, it’s important for you to learn about the potential hazards and benefits of both scenarios before you take a position…and once you are educated on the topics make sure you have an impact on the final decision! Learn more about LNG on the Surfrider NYC site, also look for some Surfriders at the meeting tonight! See event details.
I really just like to promote NY-based salty brands, but this is pretty epic. So simple that you could probably make it yourself, but so ingenious that you want to support the cute couple in Minneapolis that makes them. The Seashell iPhone Amplifier…duh. These shells are made in the USA, but are they thoughtfully harvested? I will have to inquire…
theFINproject explores the history and development of the fin (arguably the most vital aspect of surfboard design) through strikingly simple and colorful photography. The project is headed up by a New Yorker turned Californian, photographer Timothy Hogan and is an opportunity to share information and stories about the fin. Fin prints for sale online will help fund the documentary. Become a part of the project and share photos and stories about your fins – tag #theFINproject and @theFinproject on Instagram.
theFINproject has collaborated with Art of Craft on a finspired t-shirt collection that is benefitting Surfrider Foundation and Waves for Water. NYE is the final day to purchase, so shop now!
You’re a salt water addict?
Oh yes, big time. I grew up a few hours from the ocean in Connecticut but got hooked saltwater while on vacation at Fortune’s Rock beach in southern Maine. As a kid I’d bodysurf for 6 hours at a time and come out shivering uncontrollably but smiling. I believe shit-eating-grin is the appropriate term.
How was theFINproject born and who is involved?
I’ve been doing commercial work for 15 years and was feeling a little burnt out. My work didn’t mean anything to me anymore. So upon moving to the West Coast I gave myself a directive to find a way to bring my two passions – surfing and photography — together. And theFINproject was born.
It takes a lot of different kinds of talent to pull off a project like this and I’m fortunate to have a great team on many different levels. Shout-outs to my digital tech Tony Minas, studio managers past and present Lindsay Regan and Crystal Green, PR ninja Laura Rubin, designer Cicero DeGuzman, Cole Engleheart, Jason Bergh and Sal Masekela at UX entertainment, my great crew on my recent shoot in Hawaii – Bryan Koss, Dave Warshauer, Chris, Tom and Luke!
Who are some notable people that will be a part of this project?
We just wrapped an amazing week of shooting on the North Shore of Oahu, coinciding with the Pipeline Masters. We’ve been exploring the story of Malcom and Duncan Campbell, brothers who came up with the Bonzer in 1971. It was the first production tri-finned board and was invented nearly 13 years before the thruster. 43 years later it is still amazingly relevant and functional, as evidenced by our shoot this week with Taylor Knox RIPPING on one at V-LAND. We’ve interviewed the Campbell brothers, of course, as well as Taylor Knox, Brad Gerlach, Shane Dorian, Mick Fanning and Reno Abiler. It’s been a pretty amazing week.
What is the wackiest old-school fin you’ve shot?
I wouldn’t say wackiest, but on a recent shoot with a collector named Robert “RB” Brunner up in Mussel Shoals CA, we photographed two hollow fins that were used for smuggling cocaine in the 1970′s. There was a LOT of drug smuggling going on back then by surfers. If only those fins could tell stories!
Where did you surf when you lived in NY?
I lived in Brooklyn so of course surfed Rockaway, but my heart is in the waves in Montauk. It’s such a special place – especially Camp Hero on a head-high day. Despite the crowds, the energy is incredible. I must admit I haven’t surfed there in a couple years, though. I also still surf every year while on vacation in Maine; even if it’s just anklebiters I’m in the water.
How can someone can involved in theFINproject?
The best way is to head to the website (www.theFINproject.com) and buy a print for your wall. Each sale goes towards making our film – and the rest of the project – come to life. We print and sign each piece to order, and offer images on archival paper, canvas or gloss aluminum. They look incredible in person, if I do say so myself. Each print also serves as a conversation piece to raise awareness for the craftsmanship of fin.
The other way is to tell all your friends about it, and share your stoke on social media. Follow us on twitter and instagram at @theFINproject and on Facebook. We offer our followers special deals on prints from time to time so come and check us out.
What will the Art of Craft tees benefit?
$6 of every limited-edition shirt goes directly to Surfrider Foundation’s effort to re-open Martins Beach in Northern California. You can find out about the cause here.
Additionally $1 goes to Waves for Water’s typhoon relief initiative [http://www.wavesforwater.org/project/typhoon-haiyan]. There’s a lot of goodness in these T’s!