In keeping with tradition and end of year tidings, we take a moment to give thanks for all the generous support of our dedicated customer base and network of artists across the country. For the time and relentless pursuit of the independent creative lifestyle, the reward is often not harbored in the results of our efforts but the commitment itself. We applaud your efforts to support and show our recognition in getting up every day and pay forward your capacity for change and continue to create and forge new frontiers, new styles, new energy in hopes of creating a new future.
For those who continue to fall into the convenient trappings of box corporate mindset, we propose a set of New Years Resolutions to heighten awareness and provide a course of action; that in supporting local, you are really supporting yourself and your community. This support is not simply aesthetics or some catch phrase, there are very real and substantial ramifications to local and global economies, both monetary and socially.
And it is worthwhile to note, that the opposite is true. If you continue to support the models and methods which pay big corporations, big salaries thru mass production this will in turn reduce the positive effects garnered by supporting local. When possible carry this list with you and find a way to engage in the state, city and community where you reside. We are all working toward the ideal, taking care of our family and friends, finding time to enjoy our lives in a healthy and sustainable way and doing so with style and grace so that we can all bring ourselves up.
The community of support it takes to elevate the standard of living for us all resides in our own decisions, day to day, on a micro level rippling out to the community at large. Whether you are making first steps in adopting a “support local” philosophy or helping to spread the word thru your actions, we believe these ten steps are essential to understanding what is at stake.
Ten Reasons to Support Local:
1. Local Character and Prosperity
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
2. Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
3. Local Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
5. Job and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
7. Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
8. Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
10. Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
Reference: Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. www.ilsr.org
Thank you for supporting local creativity and Happy New Year.
We begin with the end in mind. To realize our dreams we must live the life we seek. To provide the lifestyle we want for our friends, our family, and ourselves. To keep our peace of mind. To Create. To Inspire. To Evolve.
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If the trying times of the past decade have given us anything it has illuminated the cause and effect offered by a failing capitalistic, credit driven structure, an indifferent government and the unsustainable business practice of big business. It has enlightened the awareness of our “spending power” as consumers , and how we fund through omission or commission the degradation of the environment, and the neglect of basic human rights that we take for granted in the bubble of the United States. We have sacrificed the civil liberties of those people in countries less fortunate to save a buck, in order to sew together the illusion of success with convenient possessions… things. But these steps are not set in stone, our habits not uncontrolled, our mindset not driven by necessity but by choice. We have a choice to begin to make decisions, daily, to reincorporate the worldly effect of our actions. And the choice begins within each of us.
At MegaFauna we have taken dramatic steps to grow the operation of creative design, print production, cut and sew and retail facilities. These steps are directly targeted to impress upon the consumer consciousness the importance of sharing in this fight together to live freely and independently. We started with the idea that we are not like the MegaFauna species of the past. We are aware of our actions, we control these actions and their effect unlike any other species or civilization in the history of the world. We are all MegaFauna and it is our fight together.
We offer a more localized experience offering Made in USA, Made in Colorado design and products that benefit directly the Country, The State, The City, The community and the artists who strive daily just to offer a more sustainable consumer path. This path enable growth for themselves and in turn ripples the consumer cycle back into the community. The structure at MegaFauna supports these artists directly and provides a platform to create and complete the cycle of consumption; driving forward the evolution of art, apparel and local design management through an indiscriminate range of products and services. We offer this because this is what we believe in, it is who we are. We live, thru feast and famine, by this method to sustain ourselves and our families. With this hope thru and concerted action we ask active participation from you who have the power to support local creativity and all of its offerings.
H*Wood does more than stay in his lane…he creates it. “First Light” is ahead of our time…it’s about time we catch up. Club sound be damned, this project is diverse and mainstream enough to take over radio and the clubs while boom-bap/808 laden enough to keep the streets listening. Win.”- HipHopRollCall.com
If the first 5 years of Brandyn H*Wood’s career is any indication he will be creating even more lanes, for locally resonating sounds and now a full apparel line of H*Wood Official Apparel. Artful creation of a brand takes time and proper timing. Throughout his career H*Wood has strategically positioned himself as a master craftsman for being at the right place at the right time. His self titled apparel line is no exception. Launched at the “Doubt Kills” EP release, the H*Wood Official Clothing line marries the right fit, Made in USA, homegrown style that made his sound what it is today. Complete with color ways for the sports general population and blending thoughtful commentary and bold colors, the H*Wood Official Apparel line is making the statement that his message is a force to be reckoned with on and off the stage.
H*Wood Official Apparel is being Exclusively offered at MegaFauna, 3102 Blake Street, available online mid-November. More information on Brandyn “Official H*Wood” Bordeaux here.
Official H*Wood Apparel Detail:
Men’s Crewneck and Droopy available in the following color ways; Purple/Black, Sunset Orange/Navy, Nuggets Yellow/Heather Grey
Locally Designed, Printed and Embroidered in Denver, Colorado
Happy Hump hooDay! Fresh off the local presses.
+ “MileHighLife” denver broncos color way by DeRailed Ink
+ “DoubtKills” crewneck drop by H*Wood
+ Roux “onceyougoblack…” by the infamous Ru Johnson
+ “LRMR” official 5points denver swag
IN STORE NOW. Available online end of week!
EXCLUSIVE apparel, street boutique style at Megafauna 3102 Blake Street
Thanks for supporting local creativity
What we have here is a failure to communicate with our own actions. We, as a people, have allowed the illusory achievement of convenience and social dominance to cloud our judgment. With our intentions misaligned, the bells and whistles and shiny lures of mainstream media, driven by big business, become the option of only resort. We have enslaved ourselves to our past decisions; rooted in the failed experiment of an empty consumer model and bureaucracy laden institutions. This has become our lives. Work to work, abandon human interaction for “social media” and finding that right chemical balance between the uppers and downers to float until someone outside of us finds the next technology driven magic pill that’s going to make everything all right. This isn’t “living the dream” it’s living in a dream. With our heads dizzied by the rat race we have little time or thought toward what things may become, little time for the thought of hope and the actions to realize such.
In a recent forced sabbatical I contemplated how I play a role in seeking hope and offering consideration for solutions. I’ve come to the realization that it is only within the acceptance of the reality of our respective situations that we can each begin to integrate hope and act toward a more conscious lifestyle. Further, that my personal path is rooted in providing room for hope and tangible options for others thru the conscious collective at MegaFauna.
My hope is that the country would take notice and become involved on an individual level. My hope is that people would lift the veil of lies being fed to them on a daily basis from big business and what they think you “need”. To look deeper and take time to digest the real from the “real world”. I hope that the awareness of the local art community would direct our attention toward what is earned versus what can be earned on credit. This is in no way possible from big business because the business doesn’t live here. Big business isn’t present. In big business their job is to make money. In small-business our job is to support our neighbors, feed our friends, educate ourselves, and make sure that the health of everyone around us is good.
The localization of economies is the only way that this country, this city, this town and this neighborhood will ever be able to recover and begin to recuperate. It is only through this method will we ever be able to reach a more fair balance between the acceleration and evolution of our species and the necessary retention of the environment we rely on for our survival.
With formats such as MegaFauna, we have a unique position thru art culture to make a decision to localize. The purchase and use of local fabrics and products, made from locally grown flora and resourced based derivatives, to be spun matted and spooled, and finely sewn to the detail of the nationally relevant design created by a local artist.
Only thru thoughtful decisions like these, in our lifestyle and daily spending habits, will we remove the blindfold, something that corporate America cannot duplicate. They can keep telling us whatever they like because we all know the truth. They are unable to compete with the authentic creative experience and conscious consumer mindset. The big business model is simply cyclical failures and increasing frequency of bubble markets aimed to further separate you and me and the truth that we have the power to create change. We hold the power. The cat is out of the bag, big business is dead. The experiment fails.
Thanks for supporting local creativity,
For the second year in a row, MegaFauna’s John Mc will be judging the 5th Annual RAWards Indie Arts Awards Show. You can view this year’s semi-finalist and get your tickets by visiting: http://www.rawartists.org/denver/rawards2013
WHEN // December 5th, 2013 from 7:00PM to 11:00PM
WHERE // City Hall – 1144 Broadway, Denver
DETAILS // 18+ Event Fashionable Attire Food and Drink Available $15 Online or $20 at the Door (CASH ONLY)
For more information visit: http://www.rawartists.org/denver/rawards2013
You heard about next Saturday?
LRMR SWAP MEET on The hottest block in Denver
Bring all yo junk in that trunk and swap it out with over 100 Independent artists, artisans, businesses and neighbors on North Larimer September 21 for the largest Swap Meet of 2013!
PORTION OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT STREET KIDZ providing art supplies and instruction for Denver youth in conjunction with *Fashion smash 2013
BUY SELL TRADE BARTER VEND EXCHANGE : art apparel appliances LIVE ART electronics home wares furniture fashion jewelry LIVE MUSIC transportation food fun kitsch boutique lawn home and garden and on and on and it don’t stop
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21. North LRMR between 27th and 29th. RINO.
VENDOR BOOTHS JUST $25
FOOD VENDORS $50
To Register email: Events@Artparel.com
More information visit www.artparel.com
*Birdseed Collective is pleased to present: Fashion Smash Exdo a Fashion benefit for Street-Kidz.
Street-Kidz Youth Center is a non-profit providing at-risk youth with art programming in the Globeville Community
Featuring numerous local Designers, Live Music and Vendor Market.
Pre-Sale Tickets $10 – $15 at the door.
Fashion Shows, Final Fridays & Gallery Openings close out Summer 2013 at MegaFauna. As we introduced the creative design management team at MegaFauna we did so with reinforced confidence that the independent network of creatives were ready to move into the forefront of events, programming and creative consulting in Colorado. Within six short months, MegaFauna and the collective of 250+ local creative talents have humbly accepted creative design consulting rolls with Colorado’s Largest Outdoor Fashion event, Urban Nights, Colorado’s Best Places to work, Restaurant Solutions Inc., including the design and implementation of a new gallery and event center for South Denver “1101”. Further, MegaFauna has helped to establish and facilitate Final Friday, a culturally integrating music walk and urban bazaar throughout the Greater Five Points, Ball Park and River North Art District.
We have done so with the goal of thoughtful integration of art, business and community. With the reinforcement of belief that the greatest value is that which we can provide for the common good and that no monetary arrangement should ever replace the humanistic element and understanding that we are all in this together. This is a concept that sounds dreamy, or lofty to many, but it is in direct correlation to fundamental principles which support the network that drives our success. As a testament to the network and capabilities of our one for all, all for one philosophy, we are happy to bring you three significant events focusing on our core competencies, Art, Apparel and Local Creative Management. Enjoy the rest of your Summer and we look forward to visiting with you at the store or any of the events listed below.
Urban Nights Denver is Colorado’s largest outdoor fashion event. It is held for the benefit of Urban Peak which provides services and shelter to homeless youth in Denver. A Runway for a Reason … August 23, 2013. Join MegaFauna as we introduce 12 of Colorado’s top independent designers on the urban landscape at the Mile High Station Viaduct. A very dramatic 100 foot outdoor runway and hyperbolic digital media showcase the creative wonderment of Colorado fashion and design, supporting homeless youth in the Denver area.
Where: Mile High Station
When: Friday August 23
Tickets and more information at www.UrbanNightsDenver.Org
This is the end, my friends, the end. Final Friday Finale is August 30, featuring over 30 local and national acts, 30+ artists and artisans covering over 20 blocks of street scripted style and urban appeal. What began over a year ago as a block party and create sanctuary for local arts and music, has spawn into a statewide phenomenon. Final Friday has been embedded into the creative culture of Colorado allowing for the integration of a myriad of artists interactions which will continue to be felt for years to come. Scripted as a four event music series and urban bazaar, Final Friday has opened up rooftops, illuminated dark alleys and effectively re-introduced a truly social and meaningful experience throughout the Rocky Mountain Region’s fastest growing areas, in Greater Five Points, Ball Park and around the River North Art District.
The August 30th Final Friday will be promoting the culminating efforts of hundreds of local residents and dozens of local businesses. Musical talents from every genre are set to play in, out and around the Northeast corridor of Larimer and Walnut. With so much variety planned, the Final Friday Finale is open for everyone from families to dedicated music and art heads. And at only $5 the event is affordable everyone.
For more information, line up, schedule and ticketing for Final Friday Finale August 30, please visit www.megafaunastore.com/finalfriday. We cordially invite you to Final Friday Finale and hope that the Finale will leave you begging for an Encore.
Final Friday Finale. Sponsored by Drambuie, Deep Eddy Vodka, Loud Sound Management, PostModern, Wagner Rents, SharpCo Designs, Arts & Venues Denver, RINO (River North Art District), MegaFauna and the independent music, art and business network of Colorado.
Location: August 30 currently based at 2701 Larimer; stretching from 20th Street to 38th Street along the North Larimer and North Walnut corridor.
Cost: $5, going directly to support the bands contributing to your having an awesome time
All Ages, except for 21+ for bar venues.
What do you get when you combine the talents of Colorado’s Top Places to Work, a team of crack-pot video and media production ninjas with the creative design management team at MegaFauna? One En Masse, a Grand Opening for “1101” South Denver’s newest living art space, curated gallery and event campus. Saturday September 7, 6-10pm hosted at1101 Mineral home of Restaurant Solutions Inc. , awarded Denver Post’s Best Places to Work in Colorado 2013.
The President of Restaurant Solutions Inc, Blair Pennington, admits RSI is an accounting firm that doesn’t act like an accounting firm. RSI boasts a “Who’s Who” of local and national service industry clients and an interactive work space that covers over 68,000 square feet in the newly tapped headquarters in Littleton, Colorado. “We really set out to create a fun, interactive environment that speaks to our true company culture,” says Pennington, and that culture is all about fun and following up with the local art and music scene. MegaFauna and RSI teamed up to bring together the local creative talents of Bimmer T, for wall installations and murals, Elevated State of Design, for custom wood furniture, office installations and ornamental accents, as well as, permanent installation works of art contributed by several other local creative talents.
The Grand Opening for “1101” marks a definitive step toward bringing art to the suburbs. With relatively few options for cultural interaction in the outlying suburbs, RSI & MegaFauna hope to deliver a curated experience that is both inviting and enjoyable for people from all walks and all tastes. According to Leia Thompson, Director at 1101, “The 1101 space will also open it’s doors to hosted events, weddings, social gatherings and community based initiatives. 1101 is a creative campus with true tie in to the South Denver communities.”
One En Masse, Presented by MegaFauna, One Floor Up & Restaurant Solutions Inc
-Group Art Show and Open House sponsored by MegaFauna, The Urban Arts Fund, SOCUE, One Floor Up & Restaurant Solutions Inc
-Grand Opening gala at 1101 to feature Live Art, Live Music, Local Food & Open House for Restaurant Solutions Inc. This will be a benefit for The Urban Arts Fund and SOCUE
The Urban Arts Fund creates positive, well-tended and active community gathering spaces, and by generating opportunities for young people to participate in diversionary art and leadership programs.
SOCUE. Sisters of Color United for Education improves peoples health, wellness, and quality of life by educating families about healthy lifestyles and increasing their access to health services by removing language and cultural barriers.
-Awaken your palate to a truly entertaining experience with 10,000 square feet of open house & show space for you to enjoy art, music and socializing
-For More Information call 720.982.8049
Food & Drink & Transportation available by
Rocky Mountain Soda Company, Peach Street Distillers, Moon Distillers, Jelly Cafe & Uber
Thank you for supporting local creativity.
Welcome to Hot and Local Summer 2013 at MegaFauna, the conscious collaboration of locally resourced art and apparel lifestyle we call ArtParel.
Summer 2013 has been a break out year for dozens of local creatives to plant their Artparel in stores like MegaFauna
We believe art stretches beyond the canvas and can be displayed anywhere…..
…..from Tees & Tanks & Tops for Her,
MegaFauna continues to champion local artists and challenge the processes by localizing and integrating products Made in Colorado and Made in the USA.
On average, 50% of all proceeds from MegaFauna sales goes directly back to the artist whom created the Art or Apparel piece. Instead of paying into heavily subsidized corporate retail platforms or non-profit programs diluted by costly administration, we simply work directly with the producing artist, cutting out the middle men. This allows the highest margin for the producing artist and keeps the manufacturing local when possible. The artparel you buy goes directly to supporting the creative process and local economy.
We are currently updating our web store for a more efficient process. Please email us here >>> firstname.lastname@example.org regarding purchase of any items shown.
IF you are an artist located in Colorado interested in carrying products at MegaFauna or any MegaFauna sponsored event please contact us at www.artparel.com.IF you are an artists located outside Colorado, please contact us, as we might well have a contact at a like minded retailer in a city near you.
MegaFauna is open Monday – Saturday from 11-3/5-9, Sundays 11-5
Currently located at 2701 Larimer Street. Denver CO 80205
Thank you for supporting local creativity.