WASHINGTON, DC: Soul & Ink, the premiere live screen printing business in the DC area, will be hosting a launch party to celebrate their first streetwear collection on Saturday April 2, from 7-11 pm at Nomad Yard Collectiv. Soul & Ink co-founders Frankie and Sherry Meneses are honored to partner with selected artists from the DMV and beyond on the curation of “KRU 2016: The Artist Collection.”
Soul & Ink has collaborated specifically with artists known for their strong, clean signature styles that they admire and respect for their art and the messages consistently expressed through it. For now they are focusing on limited edition shirts that will debut online starting April 1st. They hope to later expand their e-commerce shop to feature apparel, prints, accessories, and more.
The designs will be featured online, as well as at select events that Soul & Ink will participate in throughout the year. This collection is an effort to uplift, spotlight and support artists in the DC area. In effect, it is only apropos that they chose to partner with Nomad Yard for the launch party, whose mission involves providing access to quality vintage, a space for ongoing dialogue designed to strengthen the community, innovative exhibitions, stylized pop-ups and a new generation of retail – all centered around community.
The moniker KRU is an alternative to the English word CREW, but beyond that and more importantly it is meant to pay homage to the spirit of the Liberian Kru people who vigilantly refused to be captured into slavery and have history in the DMV area - resisting settler's efforts to control their trade in Maryland. The Kru were known for their skills in navigating and sailing the Atlantic. Their history is one marked by a strong sense of ethnicity and resistance to occupation.
In the same vein, Soul & Ink considers all artists participating in this collection to be modern day rebels, renegades, and freedom fighters in their own right - adamantly dedicated to manifesting their own destiny, representing culture and freedom, while blazing trails along the way. Together through this collaboration, they are able to represent and celebrate the myriad of subcultures and history of DC that makes it such a vibrant community today.
KRU 2016: The Artist Collection
April 1st at www.soulandinkcrew.com
Cita Sadeli CHELOVE
Saturday, April 2, 7-11pm | All Ages Welcome
411 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Suggested donation of $5* | Pay what you can | Tickets required upon entrance
No cash exchange at the door | Credit card donations accepted
*A portion of the proceeds will go to Nomad Yard | #saveunionarts #saveDCarts
Live Screen Printing
Soul & Ink will be printing a rotating set list of select pieces
from the KRU Collection throughout the evening.
Select Participating Artists
Audio & Visual Performances
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