riser.

dierks bentley has been a friend of ours for about 9 years now….

i believe this is a story i’ve never told. so let me start at the beginning….

back in 2005, we received a voice mail from dierks bentley. yes, that’s right. a voice mail. from dierks. not his manager. not his assistant. not his stylist or his publicist or any of other member of his village. it was a message from dierks himself.

i still remember the day…it started like any other normal day as we walked into our office that morning…but then amie played the voice messages. and we hear “um hi. this is dierks bentley…”. after that…it was all really a blur. i do know we replayed it approximately 47 times, picked ourselves up off the floor, and then started to listen to the actual purpose on WHY dierks bentley was calling us.

he had been on tour with miranda and loved her logo…he was asking if we would consider helping him with his graphics…with his merch line.

from that phone call, we ended up in nashville, sitting at a cafe and planning our collaboration.

and oh yeah…this is also the time that we were at a super posh restaurant (the name eludes me) for supper and i flicked shrimp and grits across the table and right into amie’s lap. oh yes i did. it was straight outta ‘pretty woman’. slippery little suckers. i know dierks’ people were really impressed.

our partnership with dierks, is much like that with miranda. it’s based on a handshake. it’s a friendship.

it’s involved tee shirt designs, a few “midnight specials” (designs created in the middle of the night through texts)…

 and most recently…an airstream.

so now that you know the past…let me catch you up.

a couple of years ago dierks asked us to revamp an old airstream for him…for the 2 loves of his life – his music and his family.

we tried to accomplish both those things at once…a place to hang out and write with the boys in the band, but yet a place where he and his family could camp out up on the ridge.

in the process we thought about how this should look, how it should feel. and how we, most importantly, create a place that is VERY special and meaningful to him on a personal level. in the end, we incorporated banjos, old iconographic images of Arizona, hatch show prints, an old church pew and of course some vintage 8-tracks. featured here in an HGTV episode….or tune into great american country to catch a rerun!

AND be sureeeeee to click here for the FULL tour of the airstream!

we desperately wanted to incorporate a symbol that meant something profound…we tried elusively texting him questions like “what’s your fave symbol?” to no avail. we looked up Native American symbols and found our answer . . the THUNDERBIRD.

once we found the thunderbird, we looked no further. we knew it was meant to be. symbolizing “sacred bearer of happiness unlimited”…we knew this would resonate with dierks.

amie hand-sketched it…

then painted it big on a piece of poster board, and then dad made a stencil, which we then handpainted on the curtain…

and there it went, emblazoned onto the back curtain for the whole world to see.

we later found out that dierks’ dad had been a lifelong member in a group called the Phoenix Thunderbirds and had recently passed away.

some things are just meant to be. i believe, that’s why they call it destiny. or happenstance. creative visions crashing together…and sometimes, magic happens.

listen here to a radio interview where dierks explains the cosmic connection of the thunderbird symbol on his airstream to his dad…and then, full circle to the symbolic inspiration of his latest album…

so now…this little sketch that we drew here in round top, texas … is now the icon on dierks’ new album and soon to be documentary.

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…turns out there was more to that thunderbird that we just didn’t know…

 

RISER, a special edit of the documentary, airs on CMT february 22nd at 1pm CST.

RiSER, the album, releases Feb 25th!!!

 

February 12, 2014   36 Comments

locked & reloaded.

this is what we did friday…

and this is why….

our 2 greatest friends in country music reuniting for a tour together.

miranda lambert. & dierks bentley.

reunited…and it feels so good.

and when they asked us to work up the official logo for this epic tour…we knew it had to be nothing short of rockstar awesome.

no guts. no glory.

we channeled southern rock, old-school country, and ZZ top’s “i’m bad. i’m nationwide”

{"with my new york brim & my gold tooth displayed". thanks to thestate.com for this image}

{the offiicial tour stage backdrop...yep, we're pretty dang excited about JG art being blown up 50 ft X 30 ft!!! thanks to a fellow tweepster 4 this image!}

and then we decided to capture our own interpretation of the tour theme…

{locked & reloaded tour sweatshirt}

{mama's broken heart burnout raglan...totally awesome}

and you know us gypsies love our buckles….so we designed a couple o’ new ones…

both with custom engraving on the back…

we channeled badassery. we channeled the wild west. and then we wrapped up our high noon shoot…

{high noon. ranell rockin our new LUCY in the SKY lace pants}

we’ll be seeing y’all down the trail…and by trail, we mean we’ll see y’all down the road where we’ll be screaming our heads off like crazy teenagers at the locked and reloaded tour.

rock on, country rockstars.

January 21, 2013   15 Comments

wanderlust.

one might ask what is it about an airstream? why are they so appealing? why, after 80 years on the road, are they still timeless?

and i think, i know the answer.

airstreams are romantic. they are mysterious. they infer adventure and freedom and wanderlust.

from the griswalds to rockstars & movie stars…

they are the great american roadtrip.

our love affair with airstreams began long ago…it began with our love of the road.

“keep your eyes on the stars & the stars in your eyes.” ~wally byam

from roadside eateries…

{grabbing green smoothies from happy belly cafe}

to filming our HGTV series….

from MiRANDA LAMBERt‘S roadside bar on wheels we designed for her…

 

and now…DiERKS BENTLEy‘S junk gypsy-fide airstream will be featured this SATURDAY, MAY 12 on HGTV…

and did i mention…

that airstreams are sexy?

 

 

 

 

 (and yes, i do realize this is not an airstream buuuut it’s james dean, y’all…so for the sake of my daydreamin’-airstreamin’-james deanin’ blog…i’m calling it an airstream. so there.)

 

May 10, 2012   21 Comments

hey now, honey child.

“west, on a plane bound west,/i see her stretched out below./land, blessed mother land,/the place where i was born./it’s been a long, hard ride,/got a ways to go./but this is still the place,/that we all call home.” -home, dierks bentley

this is us. with dierks.

in his newly decked out AMEriCANA-style airstream fit for a road warrior/troubadour/family man. compliments of the gypsies. we’ve known dierks for several years now and he is possibly the nicest guy ever.

we can’t help it. we’re lovers of all kinds o’ music.

from country to rap, from bluegrass & southern gospel to arena rock & big hair bands. from solid country gold to newfangled jams (one might say we have commitment issues).

one of our favorite albums ever is dierks‘, up on the ridge…it was gritty and raw and bluegrassy. it was authentic and gutsy. it was REAL. the lyrics were like something i couldn’t get enough of…

“hey now, honey child we’d be runnin’ free & wild/dance around in the dirt/listen to them crickets chirp./hear old jake start to howl,/when he hears that ol’ hoot owl./give you all i got to give,/that’s how we live up on the ridge.”

this album was a huge inspiration to us as we embarked upon one of our latest projects with dierks & HGTV

decorating his newly purchased airstream…

dierks has a new album being released tomorrow. the title track, home, is as comforting as apple pie and as graceful as those amber waves of grain. GeT it HERE!

& y’all don’t forget to watch for dierk’s new ‘gypsy-fide’ americana troubadour airstream in an upcoming junk gypsies-HGTV episode this spring!!!

February 6, 2012   13 Comments

pull up a chair & sit a spell…

seating 600 folks…that’s a mighty big heap o’ chairs.
sticking to our grit & GLaMOUR theme, we opted against the standard rental slipcovers and decided to keep it simple.
and rustic.
and CHEAP.
and rather than a VIP section, we opted for a VIP TRAiLER CouRT using our newly gypsy-fide AiRSTREAM.

{photo credit: robert evans}

we added a hodge-podge of fleamarket rugs, cowhides, retro metal chairs, and TONS o’ candles.
and inside, the coolest gypsy-vibe-room ever.
(seriously, at one point we were standing in the doorway with dierks bentley and his wife cassidy…and inside the airstream sat reba and her husband-narvel blackstock, kelly clarkson, lady antebellum, and kellie pickler. surreal.)

{photo credit: robert evans}

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for some of the chairs we created a custom design just for the occasion and had it crafted into chair slipbacks….
inspired by MiRANDA & BLaKE and some of the things they love

{custom slips for the big day...perfect for our GLaM deer camp theme. (photo credit: robert evans)}

a trophy buck, hunting, guns, and randy travis’s song, forever & ever amen (because according to CrAZY LEgS, NOTHING says ‘i love you’ like crossed pistols and a dead deer :))….with baroque details, ornate scrolls, and prairie-colored roses.

the design was printed on canvas and sewn to fit the chairs (the chairs actually ended up about an inch bigger than our initial measurements, but we work on the fly so with a little stretching, we made it work:)). we tied floppy hot pink satin sashes on each chair for a pop of hollywood honkytonk and they were perfect.

for other chairs, we wrapped ripped pieces of canvas around the backs and then tied them off with vintage belt buckles and die cast cap guns.

{photo credit: robert evans}

{photo credit: robert evans}

a mish-mash of eclectic seating…

{photo credit: robert evans}

made complete with 4 matching HoT pinK porch swings with pillows made of the same slip design…

{photo credit: robert evans}

a RoCKSTAR elvis SiLVER velvet tufted sofa, 2 drops of jupiter metallic silver chairs, and fleamarket ottomans…

{photo credit: robert evans}

 old style granny rocking chairs & retro metal HoT PinK chairs….

 the retro metal chairs sat in front of the AiRSTREAM that served as the ViP trailer court…we placed the rocking chairs on the porch of the barn (for a great view overlooking the creek).

and of course…the chairs at the head table…

{photo credit: robert evans}

wooden gothic chairs slipped with crystal-embellished covers 

{behind the head table is the VIP trailer court. (photo credit: kelly christine photography)}

but possibly, the best seat in the house…was right here…

{an authentic tipi perfect for a true-blue oklahoma boy}

 with rugs, mushy pillows, and a crystal chandelier… 

because of course, WHO doesn’t need a tipi at their wedding? :)

July 12, 2011   40 Comments