Can’t get enough of those notebooks? Neither could we.
The Croatia Booster Pack includes an A5 memo book in the same rad pattern (the kit’s book is an A6, so you can stock up on different sizes), plus two color-poppin’ pencils to pair with it. Can you blame us for not leaving these beauties behind??
Forget email, break out the snail mail! Writing instruments and envelopes – a journey accessed only by sendin’ off a handwritten letter. Two pencils, one memo book, and a phat stack of gorgeous envelopes… It’s STMT X CROATIA!
The Croatia sourcing trip was crazy awesome – but not in any way we expected. Two nights ended up being five. Lost relatives were found. An entire family tree came to life before our very eyes – and all because of a piece of snail mail.
Our October Kit is heavy on writing instruments and envelopes because every day, we’re reminded of how important snail mail has always been – how important it still is. Time’s may change, but nothin’ can take the place of lo-fi goods.
The STMT X Croatia sourcing trip has been crazy awesome – but not in any way I expected. Jessica and I talked about making a joint trip to Croatia happen about a year ago. She wanted to visit her motherland, and Croatia has been on our list of countries to visit for the last three years (even before Game of Thrones made it a popular vacation spot!).
When we got down to it and started planning the trip, Jessica mentioned she’d like to visit the village where her father was born. He moved to America when he was seven and has never been back. We didn’t know where we were going to stay – we didn’t know how we were gonna get to the village. Jessica didn’t even know the name of the village! But her uncle had been to Croatia twenty years earlier and gave her addresses of relatives he had visited. Once we purchased our tickets, Jessica snail-mailed letters to a few relatives, informing them that we would be visiting soon. A few days before we flew out, she received a reply from her father’s cousin, Dragan!
What we thought would be a quick two-day tour of a village of 1,600 people turned out to be a journey that took us deep into her family roots, discovering a culture that was familiar to her yet totally new. Two nights ended up being five. Jessica met family that had only existed in her grandmother’s stories – she met relatives from her father’s childhood, and she even discovered photos of herself that her grandma had snail-mailed back to the relatives. Can you imagine her face when she turned a page in a photo album and discovered her baby photos!
We went from house to house, from village to village, so Jessica could meet more relatives. They hosted us for lunch, dinner, tea… they fed us. OMG – so many pastries and shots of rakija and slivovitz (no matter what time of day!). The very first visit with her family began with a shot of slivovitz at 10 am!!
Dragan’s daughter, Dragana (hello, family of dragons!!), made a family tree back when she was in middle school. The family tree was massive, and some entries were missing names and birthdays. When they greeted us at the airport, Dragana had it rolled up, in her hands. Every time we visited a home, Dragana broke out the family tree. Together with the relatives, they filled in names, birthdays, new additions to the family. They searched for photos, giving faces to names. And with each photo came more stories about the person. We watched this family tree – a big sheet of paper – transform into something living and breathing.
And all of this because of snail mail – they were able to map their family because Jessica sent off a letter to distant relatives unknown to her. The Croatia Kit is heavy on writing instruments and envelopes because every day, I’m reminded of how important snail mail has always been – how important it still is. It’s kept people connected, it’s a record of history, and I’ve watched how snail mail has connected and reunited a family. Time’s may change, but nothin’ can take the place of lo-fi goods.
We’re crazy about about the libreta de notas. We bought every single one, in every size, that the small town of Antigua had to offer. Get MORE vintage letterpress goodness and the perfect sidekicks!
One vintage ‘No. 4 libreta de notas’, one fabric lined cardboard cover, and two pencils rockin’ a shiny black finish with a bangin’ gold imprint. Scoop up these made-in-Guatemala goodness for just $12!
Instead of the honking big city of Guatemala City, we opted for the small and touristy town of Antigua for our homebase. Small towns are always risky, add touristy to the mix and it’s like we’re begging for shit to go wrong, for failure to knock us out of our game. But everything turned out AH-MAZING. Still can’t believe we scored the awesome vintage memo books. The letterpress printed covers featuring a hot mess of rad illustrations?! HELLZ YEAH!
EVERYTHING about the Guatemala sourcing trip stressed me out until the very moment I got on the plane. Like some magic that suddenly covered me in a stress-repelling cloak, all my worries were wiped away. And from that moment on, everything just worked. I mean – EVERYTHING.
The crazy thing? All the choices I made during the trip were high risk. Instead of the honking big Guatemala City, I opted for the small and touristy town of Antigua for our homebase. Small towns are always risky – add touristy to the mix, and it’s like I’m beggin’ for shit to go wrong, for failure to knock me out of my game. But everything turned out amazing. From the flight attendants boozin’ me up on the flight, down to scorin’ all the STMT Kit goods in one afternoon! The entire trip, minus two days, were full-on vacation mode (this never happens!!).
On the first day, after a red-eye flight where I got no sleep, my sleep-deprived ass wandered into a market and left minutes later with a honkin’ big bag full of worry dolls. Went back to the hotel, passed the fuck out. Didn’t matter that I only had half the number of days it usually takes to secure goods… I needed sleep.
On the second day, with no time to stress it, got up and got right to it. Grabbed a map and tore apart the town, block by block. Walked into the first shop and within minutes an employee gave me full reign of their stock room. But it was a bust. Nothing grabbed me, nothing was bootyclappin’ worthy. Was about to make my exit when I spied ‘em… the beautiful memo books behind a counter. Seconds later, I secured their entire inventory of vintage letterpress awesomeness.
Later that same day, I entered a grocery shop minutes before an intense tropical storm moved in. The shop had an entire floor dedicated to all things office supplies and stationery. I began drooling as soon as I saw the rows and rows housing a massive selection of writing instruments. First I grabbed dope pencils with black wood and gold foil-stamp job – then packs of colored pencils that scream the bright colors of the locally-made textiles. Next I secured black ballpoint pens. Is it crazy for me to be stupid excited whenever I see the country stamped on the barrel of a pen?! And I swear the ink gives off a faint grape smell.
Normally the goods for the badge is the last thing we secure. This time, it was the first. The mad stash of worry dolls totally worked their magic and made the Guatemala sourcing trip so fuckin’ awesome and easy despite me constantly pushin’ our luck. I mean – what other reason could it be? So stoked to pass on the good juju to RAHtrs! And remember… don’t worry – be rad.
The best thing about college? Being away from home. The worst thing about college? Being away from home. If there’s one thing every student loves, it’s gettin’ care packages in the mail – a little reminder that someone back home is thinkin’ about ‘em.
STMT Subscriptions make the care packages easy – and oh yeah, it’s got stuff inside that a student can actually USE. Our pick for stylin’ collegiates would be a Quarterly Subscription or Semester Subscription (notice how those line up so nicely with university lingo?). And of course, we include handwritten notes in every STMT Kit… just let us know in the Notes field in Checkout what memo we should include! (Sorry, we’re not gonna encourage your writing major to switch to econ.)
Follow Agnes on Instagram – she’s always asking people to submit a photo based on a fun theme. We participated in her call for photos of people stuffing their face (heck yeah, when are we not grubbin’?!).
Can you spot the two RAD AND HUNGRY posse members in the mix?
Hulk Holgan taking a bite outta his frozen chocolate malt cup? Yes. Nick Offerman eating an ice cream cone? HELLZ YEAH!
Read Agnes’s post about her One Minute Portraits (and Five Minute Portraits). Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to get in on the action. And get to it – order yours now!
Mexico gives BIG love to everyone – and we office-supply hunters got BIG love for Mexico. One vintage notebook, one double-tipped pencil, and a little somethin’ somethin’ we had created JUST for RAHstrs… It’s STMT X MEXICO!
RAHstrs have been asking us for a pencil pouch for FOREVER. When we spied some in a papelería, we knew we HAD to make ‘em happen for this kit. Hunted high and low, and finally we found the right match – Moises and Elizabeth. Instantly fell in love with them – you know when you meet someone and you just know that they’re good people? That’s Moises and Elizabeth. They handcrafted these custom pencil pouches, and we couldn’t be more stoked to share ‘em with all y’all.
A stack of screen-printed STMT posters, new products up in our shop, mail crates full of packages ready for the postman – all sure signs that I owned the day. But what about those mad crazy-busy days when you get a shit-ton done but have nothing physical to show for it? Hellooo, to-do list! Phat red lines marked through every task I knocked out – a visual representation that I did get shit done.
Every morning I resist the urge to grab my phone and check my inbox from bed. Instead, I shuffle to the kitchen with eyes half-closed, make coffee, and kick off my day by writing a to-do list.
There’s a method to creating an effective list – and it’s essential that is shows progress. Seeing progress isn’t about rewarding yourself and giving yourself a treat. Every time you complete a task, it helps keep you motivated. “Seeing” that your day is productive fuels your motivation and makes you happy. It feels good knowing that you’re getting shit done!
HOW TO WRITE A NO-FUSS, GET-SHIT-DONE TO-DO LIST
1. WRITE IT AT THE RIGHT TIME
Notice how I write my to-do list BEFORE I check email, first thing in the morning? That’s because you want to start off with a clean slate – the stuff you really need or want to get done, before the rest of the day comes in to distract you. Another good time to write your list – at the end of the work day, before you leave the office. That way when you get in the next day, you’re ready to roll.
2. PICK YOUR BATTLES
Every day, I begin with 10 tasks. After ALL the original 10 are complete, I add 1-2 tasks at a time. Don’t add a new task before then or you’ll end up avoiding tasks you don’t want to tackle. If I can’t complete a task by the end of day, I move it forward. And duh – do not add a task you know you can’t complete that day! Why set yourself up for failure?
3. KEEP IT DIRECT
Lists are task driven – every to-do is a task. I keep the wording concise and short. No extra fluff. Don’t include a project on your list, write ONE task that moves you toward completing the project. For example – “design STMT X USA poster” is no good. Go with “sketch 10 concepts for STMT X USA poster”.
I use memo books for my to-do lists. The rule? Each task must fit on one line. No long descriptions, no rambling, just short-and-sweet tasks. The memo books from STMT X England are a fave and so are the memo books included in our USA Kit – the compact sheet size keeps my lists tight.
4. TRACK THOSE TASKS
I keep track of each task’s status with 3 different markings ::
A. One diagonal line on the task’s number = Task started, still open.
B. Two diagonal lines (“X”) on the task’s number = Completed as much of the task as I can for that day. I never write down tasks I KNOW I can’t finish – but sometimes somethin’ comes up that’s out of your control. Don’t beat yourself up – just put on that X, and move the task to tomorrow’s list.
C. “X” plus a line through the task = Task DONE! PARTY!
5. KICK SOME TO-DO LIST ASS
Cross off tasks with a phat-tipped red pen. I prefer big pens because it makes me feel like I’m crushin’ it, conquering my day! The more tasks you cross off, the happier you feel.
Now get to it – grab a memo book, pencil or pen, and red pen – place them on your kitchen table or stuff into your bag to take to work. Get excited to kick some major ass tomorrow!
RAD AND HUNGRY Lo-Fi Adventures Desert Life – A Mini Tour of Quincy, WA
I went to college in a small town in Eastern Washington. For four years, 8-10 times a year, I drove between Seattle and Walla Walla. I hated the drive – until my senior year. A shift happened during the drive back to college after winter break. I went from hating the natural landscape of Eastern Washington to loving it. The massive fields of turned soil, yellow grains, and sage that extend to the horizon on both sides… The desert landscape that seemed picked over, that reminded me of death suddenly looked golden and rich.
I’m stoked to share our mini tour of Quincy (download a print-friendly version, view the custom Google map). It’s small-town USA at it’s best. One of everything, spread out. A city laid out like a ginormous grocery store with half-empty shelves that’s built bigger than necessary – but when you got that much land, it’s hard not to sprawl. It’s personal space where one block seems too close yet too far away.
You’ll be hittin’ up spots recommended by locals. Why? Because when a local recommends THE spot he gets his grub on, you listen. When he mentions that it’s a hole-in-the-wall spot servin’ up authentic Mexican food AND it’s next to the town USPS, you go! We knew we were golden when we pulled up to the second recommended spot – the town ice cream shop – and spied a father gripping a brown bag full of popsicles with one hand and holding his son’s hand with the other. We didn’t have to read their business card, “The best ice cream bars and popsicles in the state – Mexican style!” to know it!
The Cave B Yurts may be a splurge but everything else on the itinerary is dirt cheap. So if you’re like me and don’t do camping but wanna get down with nature, head East and get your glamp on!
Vantage, WA / Open year-round, weather permitting.
Take I-90 East, Exit 139 and follow signs to Wild Horse Monument. You’ll spy the 15 bigger-than-life steel horses from the highway. But the view from below is nothing compared to standing next to them, surrounded by sage, wild flowers, and the Columbia River. You’ll be swallowed by the vastness of the canyons and it’s awesome. To the west, peep the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. Pro tip – before you climb up, swap out your sandals for sneakers. It’s a short but steep and rocky trail to the top of the ridge (1 mile, round trip).
2 // eat MEXICAN FOOD at Tacos Jalisco & Carniceria
22 C Street SW, Quincy WA 98848 / (509) 787-1466 / Tue to Sun, 9 am - 8:45 pm
Don’t be fooled by the decor, this Mexican grocery shop/deli serves grubbin’ food. Split a few tacos and a torta. Order horchata (trust us – just do it). And don’t look crazy when your order is rung up – the prices are that good. Grab a few groceries on your way out (conchas!). You’ll need snacks for later and can grab breakfast for tomorrow morning.
3 // grab MEXICAN STYLE ICE CREAM at Paleteria La Michoacana
6 D Street SW, Quincy WA 98848 / (509) 787-0873
Daily, 10 am - 7:30 pm (8 pm if they’re busy)
Be prepared – bring a cooler. Go crazy with the popsicles, order one of each flavor. For $1.50 a pop, why not! And don’t forget to try their ice cream. If you’re a fan of Mexican sweets heavy on the salt and chili powder, try their mangoneada. Served in a huge cup with a jumbo skewer, it’s part popsicle, part slushie – chunks of mango mixed with chili powder, lime, salt and a sour, spicy sauce called chamoy.
344 Silica Rd NW Quincy, WA 98848 / (509) 785-3500
Summer Hrs Mon - Sat 11 AM - 7 PM, Sun 10 AM - 6 PM
Turn the desert life up a notch with a wine tasting. Find your way to the Quincy Tasting Room and shell out $7 for a Cave B wineglass and 10 tastings, 5 whites and 5 reds. No appointment necessary.
Don’t rush it – drink in everything around you. Grab a bottle of wine, a block of cheese, a box of crackers, and the salami plate (all available for sale in the tasting room, at reasonable prices) to take back to your yurt for dinner.
In the middle of a vineyard, with the Columbia Gorge 20 ft from your door stop, you’ll discover a different sort of mecca. Gorgeous yurts framed with sustainable Douglas Fir, a king-sized bed, private bathroom (fully operating showers!!), concrete floor, A/C, patio with chairs… wi-fi?! But the best part? The skydome! Stargazing from bed.
Wake up early the next morning, brew some coffee or make tea (included in each yurt), bust out the conchas, and eat breakfast outside. Soak in the calm morning air. Totally refreshed (unless you hit the wine a little too hard), squeeze in a short hike down through the gorge to the banks of the Columbia River (1.5 hours, round trip). It’s a steep hike and depending the time of the year, it can be scorching hot. Make sure to pack sunscreen and plenty of water. Ask the front desk staff for a map and fill up your water bottle. Or ask for a complimentary bottle of water. And don’t be surprised by the old car and desk at the bottom of the hike – remnants of a homestead from the 1960’s!
When you’re deep in the gorge, where all the buildings disappear… embrace it. That’s the Yurt Life.
Once the US vs Belgium match was announced, Pablo Hannon of Hectica / Things I Like a Lot suggested another World Cup collab. A second collab seemed fated since our home countries were set to battle. And really, why stop at one when our first World Cup collab was so much fun? Pablo suggested that we rethink the fútbol pitch. The goal? Design 4 pitches in 45 minutes of playtime. How would we change the design? How would the design change gameplay? Game on!
When something is so ingrained, when it’s the only way, how do you change it up? My approach – change the basic shape of the fútbol pitch. Replace the rectangle with differents shapes, all equally elementary in form.
Square — 2 cross field running goalies and 2 players do 4 sets of 15 minutes.
Circle — The circle is the goal and scoring points are added depending on the angle/slice it is shot from.
Hexagon — No goalie, 2 x 3 players have 30 minutes to score as many goals as possible without stopping the game. A high fence stops the ball from going out.
Rectangle — Only 1 player of each team is allowed in the stretched triangle, the goalie in his own rectangle and the rest is the rest.
2 x 3 — Each team has 3 players. The keeper needs to take risk and escape his zone to form triangles towards the other goal. Corners are given in the 1/3rd circle. The ball can not cross the mid line via a pass or a kick to the goal.
Dutchy — Every half another team defends the only goal there is.
Back to Back — Both goals are placed back to back. Teams are formed of 1 keeper and 4 players. This game is played at the equator only and between 11h30 and 12h30 to have 90° straight shadows.
Corner — This game emphasises the skills of taking a good corner and counter attacking instantly. A corner is dangerous for both teams.
Speedy — The field is exactly the same as now, only there is a plexi glass ice hockey shield on the long sides. Attack speed is increased.
So tell us – what do you think of our pitches? Do they inspire you to go play?
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How stoked are we that the classic BIC mechanical pencil is a favorite tool of artist Fernando Santangelo?! Paired with the Pilot Precise V5, he uses a BIC mechanical pencil for smudging to create a "more sculptural, impressionistic" look. Leave it to Santangelo to elevate a daily diet design tool.
This is what happens when you travel to a yurt in the desert and read Barry Lopez.
Drive east on highway 90, past suburbia and floating bridges until you hit the top, the mountain pass with the ski resort to the north and the long lake to your south. Everything looks the same for a while, until suddenly the trees stop. One second they’re there, the next, they’re not. You’ve left one Washington and entered another – the alien half, the desert half.
Time in the desert slows. Your walking is different, your breath is different – languid, pronounced. Not labored, just more aware. You’re more aware of everything here, like the missing humidity had to be replaced by something, a sixth sense still undiscovered by forest-dwelling city folk.
A collection of yurts in the middle of a desert winery. Glamping at its best. Adirondacks and wine and tawny rabbits nibbling on sage. Twenty feet from your door, the descent to the bottom of a gorge – the river below receded, hexagonal tiles baked into the dried mud. And wouldn’t you know it, down here with the lizards and the snakes and the cactus flowers, sits one beat up desk, gradually becoming the desert. The office-supply life, it follows you everywhere.
Everything feels new and familiar and BIG. The vast space opens your brain and invites you to float from one thought to the next until you settle like pink dusk in the night. Record the thoughts acquired during such downtime, such non-thinking. Sift through them later, see what you find. Back to reality, desert memories rest heavy on the brain.
This is what happens when you read Barry Lopez shortly after your visit to the desert. You start speaking in second person, giving directives, knowing full well most people won’t end up in a yurt in the middle of the desert, day-dreaming and scheming. But then again, is that the point? Yurt Life is a state of mind – and its home turf be summer.
It’s taken a whole lotta control to not bombard our Facebook and Instagram with all things World Cup. Every four years, for an entire month, everything in my life is second to fútbol. I can’t help it – World Cup has a way of consuming me. I obsess about players, I devour stats, I dream of visiting each stadium… AND I lose my shit over team kits!
Team USA’s home jersey? Hate it. Best typeface? Nature of Believing by Eduardo Manso for Puma. Best game? Cameroon vs Croatia. The two best kits of World Cup 2014 facing off. Croatia may have won the match with 4 goals, but Cameron totally won on the kits front.
So imagine my excitement when the super talented Pablo Hannon of Hectica / Things I Like a Lot contacted me about a World Cup jersey exchange! Pablo proposed that we each design a jersey for our birth country. He would design a jersey for Chile, and I would design one for South Korea. No requirements or restrictions for the design but there was one rule – only 45 minutes of playtime. Game on!
Didn’t really know what to expect from 45 minutes of designing at a frantic pace. Final whistle blown (with a few minutes of overage), I saved my work and emailed it to Pablo, and he emailed me his design.
I drew inspiration from Korea’s past and future. Pulled together old school roots reflecting hanboks, the traditional clothing of Korea, with palace guard uniforms. The geometric pattern reflects both traditional embroidery and technology. An outline of Korea is knocked out of the pattern on the left and the heart of the Korean flag,Taegeuk, is placed proudly over the heart.
Pablo’s approach? “Stencil shaped futuristic font for the number and last name handwritten by the player self. Rorschach stains of national colours to accentuate the muscles of the player, and also to scare and impress the opponent through the hypnotising graphic pattern – confusing via the slightly mixed colours of back and front (more blue in the front and more red in the back).”
So tell us – which jerseys do you prefer? The official Korea and Chile World Cup 2014 jerseys or the RAH X TILAL jerseys? And if you want Pablo’s take on the design-off, check out his blog post!