Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Shipping Dates

The holidays are upon us so we just wanted to take a moment to share some important shipping dates.

If you would like a gift to arrive in time for the holidays (calculated as December 25) please keep the following dates in mind.

Domestic Shipping USPS

First-Class Mail December 19

Priority Mail December 20

Express Mail December 21

If you have any questions about holiday shipping don't hesitate to contact us.

Garrick @ Senioritis

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! If you're dressing up, or have a cool costume in mind, we'd love to hear about it so please feel free to share in the comment section.

A short Halloween video for your viewing pleasure:

Have a great day!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Pull Here, A Tuck There :: A Canvas Stretching Tutorial

Today we take a look at The Art of Canvas Stretching in a few simple steps.

Whether creating your own artwork or picking up finished pieces, if you consider yourself a true manly man this is a good skill to have in your arsenal. If you find yourself thinking that stretching canvas is not manly, please note that it involves a hammer, a staple gun, and that most professional canvas stretchers look like this (phenomenal photo via Matthew Rainwaters).


As Sun Tzu reminds us, victorious warriors win first and then go to war. In other words, preparation is key so lets take a look at what we'll need:

-Staple Gun
-Ruler/Tape Measure
-Towel (or some other clean soft surface)
-Stretcher Bar Frame

While canvas stretching can be a one man job, we've found that it never hurts to have an extra set of hands for larger sized canvases.

Step One: Position the Frame

The first thing that we want to do is position the stretcher bar frame on our canvas. Positioning the frame is important because this will determine whether or not the design is centered when we finish stretching the canvas.

Place the canvas face down on your clean soft surface and use a ruler/tape measure to make sure that the frame is centered.

Step Two: Staple The Sides

Once the frame is in place, starting on the side closest to you, fold the canvas towards the center (make sure it's pulled tight) and put a staple into the center of the stretcher bar. Continue to do this until the canvas is stapled to the stretcher bar on all four sides. At this point your canvas will look like so:

Continue to add staples to each side, two at a time, working outwards from the center staple. The number of staples per side will vary depending on the size of the canvas you're stretching but once you have three to five staples per side (larger canvases will require more) you're ready to fold and staple the corners.
Tip: Don't staple too close to the corners or you won't be able to fold them

Step Three: Fold The Corners

Your canvas should now look something like this:

Note how the top two corners are sort of pinched together-this is what will naturally happen as your staples get close to the corners. To secure the corners you want fold the middle part of the corner (the part that is sticking up on the top two corners) towards the center of the canvas and place a staple as seen in the bottom left corner of the photo above.

Once the corner is secure you can fold the two sides over and add a couple more staples to get something like this:

Repeat this for the three remaining corners and you're almost done. Before flipping over the canvas to see your new masterpiece, use your hammer to make sure that none of the staples are sticking out. Once completely secured your canvas should look like so:

Depending on the thickness of your stretcher bar frame you can hang the canvas by simply resting it on nails (for thick bars) or you can use screw eyes and braided wire.
Tip: If using screw eyes and wire, place the eyes about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the canvas

Step Four: Hang and Bask in the Glory

You're done! Step back, stroke your beard, and admire the awesomeness that you have created. Happy stretching!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Senioritis at Sea Cliff Mini Mart

What do you get when you combine good weather, great food, sweet tunes, and a huge crowd? The 42nd annual Sea Cliff Mini Mart!

After checking out last year's event we were fortunate to have the opportunity to set up as a vendor at last Sunday's Mini Mart. Filled with all types of handmade goodness and enough food to keep you full all day the Mini Mart was a blast. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to browse and chat.

We definitely plan on returning to next year's Mini Mart and if you're within driving distance of Sea Cliff, we recommend you check it out too.

Here's a quick shot of our booth, just click to see more.

Garrick @ Senioritis

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kidrobot x Swatch

Just wanted to take a brief moment and share the pure awesomeness that is the new kidrobot x swatch collection. As big vinyl fans and long time swatch enthusiasts, when we heard that kidrobot was going to team up with swatch to design a line of watches and dunnys we were pretty stoked.

We finally had the chance to swing by kidrobot ny a few weeks back and view the collection. With designs from the likes of Frank Kozik, Joe Ledbetter, Tilt, MAD and others this collection is full of win. With the help of @kidrobotny(thanks again) we were able to track down a limited edition kidrobot x swatch case which includes eight watches and dunnys and a super sweet 'stached 20" Kozik dunny.

Enough of the rambling, just click below to check out more photos of the collection.

Happy Sunday!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dropping Soon: Stars of the Silver Screen Collection

What do you get when you blend famous movie lines and senioritis styling? Our newest collection of course, Stars of the Silver Screen.

Our new collection of tributes pays homage to some of the most prolific names in Hollywood history. The collection will be available in our Etsy shop in the coming weeks.

The designs are filled with Tinseltown awesomeness; but don't take our word for it, here's what some other people have to say about the collection:

"I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the day of your daughter's wedding. May her first child be a masculine child and may he have one of these prints hanging in his nursery." - Luca Brasi

"I love these prints. I once hung one in my pajamas. How it got in my pajamas, I have no idea." - Groucho Marx

"Frankly, my dear, we should all give a damn!" - Clark Gable's response to the new collection

"This collection could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship." - Humphrey Bogart

Here's a sneak peek at the first few designs:

Garrick @ Senioritis

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away

In the midst of what seemed like a never ending string of rainy days, it cleared up just long enough to check out a car show last weekend. The show was put together by a local newspaper and drew a pretty impressive amount of cars.

Here's a few of my favorites from the hundres of cars that were in attendance:

Tiki King

The Judge

I think the wildest car at the show was this Sterling GT

Seal of approval from Mr. Carroll Shelby on a sweet Gulf colored Cobra

One of my all time favorite cars, the Chevy Nomad





New Charger, thought this guy looked pretty mean

Classy 1952 Jaguar

On a separate note, we will be at a Car & Crafts show this upcoming Sunday (5/22). The show will start at 11am and will be held at the East Northport Stop & Shop, so if you're out on Long Island and dig checking out cars, swing by and say hi!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sticker Time!

April showers bring sticker contests! We recently got some new stickers which means time for another sticker contest. This time around we will be giving away a tshirt of our mascot Jack ;)

Rules are pretty simple:
1: Email, direct message, or send us a smoke signal with your address and we'll send you over some stickers.
2: Slap the stickers somewhere fun and creative, and snap photos.
3: Post your photos on our facebook page and if we like your photos the best we'll send you a tshirt ;)

To give people plenty of time to enter, and to make sure it's warm enough to wear a short sleeve shirt when we send you your prize, this contest will run through June. If you'd like some inspiration you can check out some sticker shots here.

Good Luck!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Saturday, March 26, 2011

When In Rome

Let me start this post by saying that I am a huge oatmeal fan. I eat it fairly regularly, regardless of season, and love trying new types.

A few months ago I noticed an ad that McDonald's added oatmeal to its menu. I didn't think much of it at the time and eventually forgot all about it. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, while I was on a trip I found myself at a rest stop and saw a huge full window ad for McDonald's new oatmeal. It was time to give it a shot. I must say I was rather skeptical, I asked the person taking my order if they had ever tried the oatmeal and they told me that they had, and found it surprisingly good. That's good to hear I thought.

I got my cup of oatmeal and went on my way back to the car. When I took off the lid the first thing I noticed was a pretty good serving size, maybe not enough for a full meal but definitely enough for a snack. I took my first spoonful and was very pleasantly surprised, this oatmeal is phenomenal I thought! From what I gathered McDoanld's starts with plain oatmeal (or maybe maple & brown sugar flavored oatmeal) and adds some more maple, apples, raisins, and cranberries. The different flavors mix together wonderfully.

I was so impressed with McDonald's take on oatmeal that I wanted to recreate the taste when I got home. Before trying McDonald's oatmeal I had never even thought of adding apples. The only fruits I had ever added to my oatmeal were banana, mango, strawberries, and kiwi (not all at the same time) but when in Rome...

Senioritis Oatmeal

*For the sake of convenience I use a microwave instead of a stove to make my oatmeal. I have made it on the stove in the past and feel that using the microwave doesn't sacrifice much in the way of taste and saves a bunch of time.*

1 bowl of oats
1 diced apple
1 box of raisins
2 handfuls of cranberries
1 punch of maple sugar (not to be confused with a pinch)

1. Pour yourself a healthy sized bowl of oats and add enough water so that the oats begin to float around a bit - the more water you add the creamier your oatmeal will become, remember you can always add more water later on but you can't take it away ;)
2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes - if the oatmeal comes out like concrete no worries, just add some more water and mix
3. Add apple, raisins, cranberries, and maple sugar

4. Mix, mix, mix
5. Add an apple wedge for style points, step back and admire

There you have it, Senioritis Oatmeal, Bon App├ętit!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Run Penguin, Run!

Last week it was brought to our attention that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was holding a design contest for the their Run For The Wild 5K run at the Bronx Zoo coming up at the end of April. After recently entering a design contest for the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K, and making it into the quarter-finals, we figured why not give the WCS contest a shot.

The money raised from this year's Run For The Wild will help protect the penguins of Punta Tombo, and therefore the design needed to be penguin related.

We put a simple twist on a classic running man design and are proud to share our 'running penguin' design. Yes, even a penguin can break a sweat running through the Bronx Zoo in late April ;)

running penguin

The finalists will be announced soon so please cross your flippers for us and we'll keep everyone posted.

Garrick @ Senioritis

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happy President's Month!

I remember when I was a wee lad we got a day off from school every February for President’s Day. Each year our day off would be preceded by a couple weeks of studying up on various Presidents and a cool class project. Fast forward a few years and President’s Day turned in to President’s Week and we got a whole week off from school, pretty sweet!

I’m not sure if kids will ever have a full month off from school in honor of El Presidente but with a little bit of wall space our nation’s leaders can be celebrated year round. Here are a few Presidential favorites from our Famous Seniors line:

Please visit our Etsy shop to see more of our Presidential tributes. Have a favorite President that you don’t see listed? Don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll see if we can come up with something. Hail to the chief, Happy President’s Month!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Abe's On The Move!

Afternoon readers, today we have some cool news to share. Earlier this week we found out that our tshirt design for the 2011 Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K was selected as a quarter finalist! The race will be held in April and is put together by Special Olympics New Jersey. The winning design will be selected by voting, and will ultimately be printed on the tshirt that will go to all race participants.

As you can see in our design, Abe is making his way out of the tunnel but he needs your help. Please click here to vote for our design and help Abe find his way. He would be very appreciative, honestly.

You can vote every four hours as many times as you like, so remember, vote early and vote often. The quarter finals round of voting ends Monday 2/28 at 12PM EST, we’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your support!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Tribute to the High Flyers

Flash back a few decades. You tell someone that you are going to run and then jump, soar roughly 13 feet in the air, and throw a ball through a goal that is 10 feet off of the ground. What would they say? Well, their first reaction probably would have been laughter, then they would probably call you crazy. This week we recognize the crazy. This week we pay tribute to the imaginative high flyers who took dunking to a new level.

With All-Star weekend drawing to a close, I figured what better time for a video tribute to some of the game's high flyers. With a long and distinguished list of high flyers including the likes of Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter, Larry Nance, Spud Webb, Dee Brown, Jason Richardson, Dwight Howard, Nate Robinson, and Andre Iguodala, we had a rough time deciding who to include in the tribute so we took inspiration from last night's Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

For those who didn't have a chance to see the contest, it was excellent. Each dunker brought their A game and put on a great display of athleticism and creativity. At the end of the night Blake Griffin beat out Javale McGee in the voting but we think it could have gone either way (personally I think the choir pushed Griffin over the top).

While the two finalists put on quite a show my favorite dunk of the night was performed by Serge Ibaka. Ibaka's first dunk of the night added a new level of awesomeness to a Slam Dunk Contest classic, the foul line dunk. While many have performed the dunk, the best recognized examples come from Dr. J and Michael Jordan. So what made Ibaka's dunk so sweet you may ask; well, check out the video, Ibaka was fully behind the foul line on takeoff(I think it was the shoes)!

Here's a few more sweet dunks from last night and over the years:

High flyers, thanks for confirming that imagination is indeed more important than knowledge, we salute you. Happy Sunday!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

It's somewhat hard to believe that as I write this more than 1/12 of the year has passed us by; but as our good friend Ferris reminds us:

With that being said, we figured it's time to put our 2011 Senioritis Remebers Famous Seniors wall calendar on sale! Our calendar is currently on sale for $65 (normally $85), that's over 20% off and we include free shipping.

The calendar includes 13 8x10" designs that are ready to be cut out and framed at the end of each month, for year round colorful inspiration. That's only $5 for each 8x10" print which means you can buy a few frames, give the prints as gifts at the end of each month and look pretty swell ;)

More info about our calendar can be seen here. It would appear that good things do, in fact, come to those who wait after all. Happy Sunday!

Garrick @ Senioritis

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Run Abe, Run!

My sister found out about the Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K run about a month ago and after checking out the details dicovered that to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event, the organizer, Special Olympics New Jersey, is holding a contest to design a tshirt for the run. Abe Lincoln? Tunnels? New Jersey? Who could ask for a better combo? We figured let's give it a shot, so we just submitted our design for the 25th annual Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5K earlier this morning!

We decided to go with an arms pumping image of Honest Abe emerging from an arch(symbolizing his escape from the tunnel). As an aside, this is what our 16th President actually looked like. He was just rarely seen in training and was more often photographed in a suit and hat. We chose to keep things simple and go with a yellow and black color combo as the design will be on a white shirt. To tie things together we included an image of the state of New Jersey in yellow on Abe's shorts.

run abe, run

There's still a few days left to enter the contest so if you would like to give it a shot check out this site. The finalists will be announced, and voting will begin, on 2/21; we'll keep everyone posted ;)

Garrick @ Senioritis

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Time To Give

Time has come today, well tomorrow if we're being technical. No, I'm not talking about the Chambers Brothers, I'm talking about our You Buy, We Thank, We Give program.

We would like to thank everyone who helped contribute to its awesomeness; with your support this past holiday season we have 115 tshirts to donate and tomorrow is the big day. Our shirts will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Once again we'd like to thank everyone who helped out and we hope to run a similar program during the 2011 holiday season so stay tuned.

Garrick @ Senioritis