Q&A with cartoon parody artist Nick Thompson aka Thumbs

London born pop culture artist and graphic designer Thumbs creates cartoon parody art.  His designs crossover cartoons, movies and pop culture references, and with a background in skateboarding and a love for comic books, skate art and 90’s cartoons it’s hardly surprising. We caught up with him for a chat to understand his ideas, inspiration and plans for the future.

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3rd Rail Print Space Launch in Pictures

After being successfully funded through Kickstarter 3rd Rail Print Space has opened its doors for the first time on 25th January 2018. London’s biggest open access screen printing studio is now available to members and running screen printing workshops. Thank you to everyone who stopped by last week and for all those who didn’t manage to catch the event here are a few photos taken by the talented Sabela Peinado over the course of the launch night.

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London’s Biggest Open Access Screen Printing Studio is Launching!

Having successfully raised over £11,000 on Kickstarter we’re excited to announce that 3rd Rail Print Space, London’s biggest open access screen printing studio is finally launching on Thursday 25th January. We’ve been working around the clock in to turn the unused carpark space into a comprehensive screen printing studio. We have prepared a wide range of exciting events for the opening night to give new members and visitors a taste of what’s to come.

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3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter Q&A Series: Daisy Emerson

Multi-talented Daisy Emerson is an illustrator, sign writer, hand-letterer and type enthusiast from London.  An established hand-letterer has worked with some of the world’s leading companies and brands including Facebook, Google and Adidas. We had a chat with Daisy about the design she created for our Kickstarter campaign and her love of pastel colours.

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Peckham Levels Launch Party Highlights

Peckham Levels is now open! Thanks to everyone who made it down to the launch party on Friday and stopped by our screen printing station, we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did! The venue was bursting with amazing food and drink from independent traders, pop up events, exhibitions and talks. If you couldn’t make it, fear not, we’ve created a video from a gallery of photos from the event. Carry on reading to watch a short video of us live printing festive designs by Supermundane.

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3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter Q&A Series: Sam Taylor

We have asked some of our favourite artists to create t-shirts exclusively for the 3rd Rail Print Space Kickstarter. One of contributing illustrators is Sam Taylor who has worked with global brands including The New Yorker, Google and Nike. We caught up with him briefly to get a better idea of his design process, inspiration and career plans.

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A Quick Look At One Of The Biggest T-shirt Blogs

Getting your t-shirts in front of a large and new audience of potential customers can be a real struggle, a popular tactic is to get your products featured on a relevant blog which already has an engaged following. One of the longest standing blogs dedicated specifically to t-shirts with a particular focus on independent retailers is Cottonable.com. We decided to find out a little more about how they’ve grown and the kind of content that they love to post.

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The Who, What, How, Why and When Of T-shirt Design For Screen Printing

This week we’re going back to basics with a run down of the 5 most important questions you should be asking yourself before going ahead with a garment screen printing order. Answering these should not only help get your amazing design in front the right audience but also contribute to a speedy printing process and best possible finished product.

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3rd Rail Joins The Featured Collectives At Pick Me Up 2016

Pick Me Up, one of the biggest graphic arts festivals in the country will return to London’s historic Somerset House in April for its seventh incarnation. The exhibition promises to bring together the best new illustration, graphic design, typography and other related disciplines including print under one roof and for the first time 3rd Rail are going to be one of the featured studios at the event.

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