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Battle Creatures Presents: Color the Creek

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BATTLE CREATURES is proud to present “Color the Creek” – Southwest Michigan’s first Street Art Festival, located in Downtown Battle Creek.

Three new murals will be made in Downtown Battle Creek between the dates of September 24 – September 30.

Come visit us October 1st, 2016 at the Festival Market Square (outside McCamly Place) for a free public Arts Festival to celebrate this new art and connect with the Battle Creek community.

Event on October 1 from 4-10 p.m. will feature:
– Live Mural Painting
– Community Sticker Mural (Help add to a community mural-made with Color the Creek Stickers.
– Live Screenprinting (Bring your own t-shirt or purchase one and watch it get printed!)
– DJ Sets from DJ Fauxgold
Local Streetwear Mall
– Refreshment Vendors
– Craft Beer

Thanks to our Partners –
Battle Creek Community Foundation
Paint Provided by: Sherwin-Williams
Kellogg Community College
GHS Strings
Core PHP
Juicy Leaf
Psychological Consultants of Michigan

ANNOUNCEMENT: “I FEEL LIKE CALVIN” Clothing Capsule

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BATTLE CREATURES is excited to announce our “I Feel Like Calvin” capsule. For the first time, we’re featuring female-specific t-shirts, crop tops, and tank tops. Unisex “Dad” Hats round out the collection.

Available FRIDAY through our web-store: http://shop.battlecreatures.co

If you have a Battle Creek address, use the Code: BCLOCAL for a 15% discount.

Designed and Photographed by: Justin Andert
Models: Gianna Rambow, Devon Wilson, Olivia Jayakar

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Battle Creatures, Battle Creek, Streetwear, Calvin Klein, Dad Hats, Crop Tops, Battle Creek MI, Pure Michigan

Battle Creatures, Battle Creek, Streetwear, Calvin Klein, Dad Hats, Crop Tops, Battle Creek MI, Pure Michigan

Battle Creatures, Battle Creek, Streetwear, Calvin Klein, Dad Hats, Crop Tops, Battle Creek MI, Pure Michigan

BATTLE CREEK: March Against Violence

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OPEN CALL for Battle Creek Activists who would like to march in Friday’s Pride Parade, to speak up and show support for members of the community who are vulnerable to violence.

Meet us at the staging area for the Pride Parade at the Kool Family Center Parking Lot off Van Buren Ave. Downtown Battle Creek. Parade leaves at 7 p.m. Our group will be at Staging Area #35.

Signs are encouraged. We will have some available or feel free to bring your own. See you Friday!

Tonight: Truth Rally / Police Victim Vigil

– A peaceful vigil will take place tonight at the Sojourner Truth Memorial in Downtown Battle Creek to mourn and honor the latest victims of Police Violence.

– The goal of this rally is to show solidarity in our community, in the face of the epidemic of Police Violence towards People of Color. It is time to start a meaningful discussion about what is being done on a local level to ensure the next tragedy isn’t in our community.

– Candles, Signs, and other offerings are welcome

Grief/Comfort/Connection – 5-7pm TODAY @ First Congregational Church (145 Capital Ave – park on Frelinghuysen) FCC is an open and affirming church of all genders, race, ethnicities, and sexual orientation.

When: Gathering starts at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Sojourner Truth Memorial – Downtown Battle Creek
Corner of Division (M-66) and Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017

Introducing: OLD (Out Living Death)

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Battle Creatures is no longer the only streetwear game in Battle Creek. OLD launched at the end of 2015 and has been releasing fresh threads ever since. The brand is the brainchild of Battle Creek native Jarred Strohm. OLD is a concept that stands for Out Living Death. Something that is relatable to everyone. Combining local artists and his own concepts, Jarred wants the aesthetic to have a grunge feel and a youthful viewpoint.

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We met-up recently to take some photos that highlighted some of the OLD apparel around Battle Creek. You can get your hands on OLD through their web-site and make sure to follow them on Instagram. Be on the look-out for more from Battle Creatures and OLD.

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View more photos from our shoot after the jump.

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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY

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We’re happy to announce that we will be celebrating our One Year Anniversary this Saturday in Downtown Battle Creek. The party will be at 60 Calhoun St, site of the former Eclectic Gallery. We will have brand new hoodies available for purchase and will be featuring 3 new Battle Creek brands. OLD (Out Living Death), Spectrum Clothes, and Traveler Brand.

Come help us look back on a great year and look forward to even more great things for Battle Creek and beyond.

Recap: Farm to Belly

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Last night marked the second installation of Sprout Urban Farm’s new Farm to Belly dinner series in Battle Creek. The meal, which benefits Sprout’s burgeoning education program, featured Asian tapas from (the best new local food vendor) Umami Ramen. On top of the diverse and tasty food selection, Territorial Brewing provided some of their beers, including their new Dezemberfest that will be accompanied by its own party at the brewery next week. Great Scott Ice Cream also provided a cranberry sorbet to cleanse our palates during our meal and some ice cream to close out the night.

The event was a huge success on all levels. It sold out, again. It provided Battle Creek with a foodie event that could rival any big city. The crowd was treated to some standards and popular covers from a newly formed (that night) quartet. And it provided my taste buds with an excess of good flavors. Make sure to like Sprout on Facebook so you’re in the know for their next installation.

For now, check out some of my photos from the night below:

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The chef herself

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These chicken wings were (insert fire emoji)

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Farm to Belly, Farm to Table, Farming, Local Food, Craft Beer

Kimchi with a kick.

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Farm to Belly, Farm to Table, Farming, Local Food, Craft Beer

Jeremy Andrews, CEO of Sprout Urban Farms clues us in on one of the many food courses.

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Thanks to Territorial Brewing!

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Farm to Belly, Farm to Table, Farming, Local Food, Craft Beer

Jeremy enjoying those Udon noodles. Not pictured: Me doing the same.

 

Words and Photos by: Justin Andert

Youth Movement: Devon

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Devon can’t feel his face when he’s with you. There’s a youth movement building in Battle Creek and Devon is apart of it. He’s already the Farm Manager at Sprout Urban Farms, but now he’s using his art and fashion sensibilities to create his own line under the name Spectrum. But for now, check him rocking the Battle Creatures Navy Snapback.

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Words and Photos by: Justin Andert (@sunupdown)

RISING UP STUDIOS MAGAZINE

 

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Front Cover of Rising Up Studios Magazine

BATTLE CREATURES is proud to announce the magazine launch from our good friends over at Rising Up Studios. . Photographer and Battle Creek native Stephen Jackson created Rising Up Studios after moving to Tokyo, Japan. He has been doing exceptional work with his concept and live concert photography. So it was no surprise yesterday, when he announced, with the help of Måté Varga, that Rising Up Studios was launching its first magazine.

Featuring minimal, clean design and the works of several talented artists, Rising Up killed the game with this debut issue. Click the photo above or head HERE to view the magazine in its entirety. And maybe watch out for more news regarding Rising Up Studios and Battle Creatures.

Impromptu with Angélica

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Angélica De Jesus has been a BATTLE CREATURES supporter since Day One. She was in Battle Creek recently to take in “Between the Lines.”  When she showed wearing our Gothic Snapback, I had to get some shots. She was nice enough to take a moment to do an impromptu shoot.

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Angélica is a performance and visual artist who has spent time in different regions, but most recently the South while living in Richmond, VA. She re-located to Michigan last year. Her self-description includes bisexual, bicultural, and bilingual. She is set to use her Art to focus on these traits during the upcoming “Y’all Come Back Show” at the San Francisco LGBT Center on Saturday June 13. The show will use Visual and Performance art to focus on “Queer Migration to and from the U.S. South” and “Queer Southern Identity.”

In her words, Angélica’s mixed-media installation piece will draw from indigenous traditions of storytelling & ancestral conocimiento.  “Decolonizing home: a counter (her)story project,” explores diaspora, queer southern femininity, migration and spirituality using sculpture, map making, and portraiture. It is the artist’s intention to create a space that encourages the expression of femme-ness & diaspora, sharing and mapping of origin stories, and inquiry around land. With this, she asks  “Who cared for these lands before we occupied them?” “How will they look like after we are gone?” and “What kind of ancestor will I be?”

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A live webcast will be available for people outside the Bay Area at 6:00 p.m. EST, 5:00 p.m. CST, and 3:00 p.m. PST on June 13. You can find more information on the show and webcast HERE and HERE

Words and Photos by: Justin Andert