Ok!! So the last couple months have been incredible busy and exciting. A new Journey has begun and will do my best to keep anyone who is interested, informed and entertained by this process. I have the pleasure to be working with a couple amazing and talented artist, Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident and Jack Rajca of Fishbone Graphics, building and furthering the electric baritone mandolin.
This story began about 20 years ago, and needs a little back treading….
I was living in Moab Utah and I remember going to see The String Cheese Incident at a little bar there. Having been blown away by the music and vibes I was instantly a fan. The band was incredible. I specifically remember hearing the lead mandolin player and was blown away by his huge tone and stylistic riffs. Also during that time I met a graphics artist who had a retail spot in town and was selling his designs and prints. I immediately identified with his art and style. Many of you have been wearing his prints and images, and will recognize these classics.
Fast forward 20 years….
I get a phone call from Jack, the artist from Fishbone Graphics, hes interested in the possibility of a new project, an electric baritone mandolin. I knew that name from somewhere but didnt put it together, after a couple emails it hit me. !! It was the same artist that really impacted me back in the day. Some of my favorite images were created by Jack, and immediately knew I wanted to collaborate with him.
He mentioned that he had a couple of these baritones built and also was friends with Michael Kang of The String Cheese Incident, and that we should get him in on the project, since he is the master of this instrument. So Jack sent me one of his Mandos and put Michael and I in touch. Over the next few weeks, Michael and I met and went over the instruments and talked about designs and possibilities. Jack and Michael were both drawn to my “Special” design and so we decided to start with that as a basic design.
Heres a few photos from around the shop and showing the design process.