Silicon Valley De-Bug will be at Screenprint Showdown.

At the very heart of Screenprint Showdown are the four screenprinting teams who were invited to live-screenprint and compete at the Screenprint Showdown Event. Those four teams are Authentic Imprints, Cukui, Silicon Valley De-Bug and School of Visual Philosophy.

On Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Screenprint Showdown Event, you and all of San Jose will be able to meet the people behind these teams, you will be able to watch them live-screenprint limited edition prints and in some cases, apparel, which you will be able to purchase right then and there, and you will be able to watch them compete against each other in a series of Screenprint Showdown Challenges

Here's a chance to learn or learn more about the teams who will be at the Showdown. Next up is Silicon Valley De-Bug.

Every community needs a Silicon Valley De-Bug. Every community needs an organization with such versatile offerings in messaging to and engaging the surrounding community, no matter how big or small. Every community needs an organization to empower its people with the skills and the adaptability and the power to express what's right and real and true.

Based in San Jose, CA, Silicon Valley De-Bug is a local platform for building communities and small enterprise.

De-Bug Media produces an award-winning bilingual (English/Spanish) magazine. De-Bug Organizing has initiated and lead successful social justice campaigns to advance the rights of youth, workers, immigrants and those impacted by the criminal justice system.

De-Bug’s Entrepreneurial efforts houses and incubates enterprises developed and lead by De-Bug members. Its small businesses media training facilities provide a home base for members focusing on community-organizing media and entrepreneurial projects.

One of these projects is After Dark Prints, which is operated by Adrian Avila and is a design and screenprinting studio that serves small business and community organizations. 

Adrian recently led a hands-on screenprinting workshop at Silver Creek High School as part of Screenprint Showdown's Teaching Moment initiative.

As we said in that blog post, it was truly amazing to watch Adrian equip those young people with the concepts and ideas and inspiration to take full control of their messages and expressions and how they get distributed. 

Having an organization like SV De-Bug and Adrian at Screenprint Showdown is not just special and is not just exciting but it's also, given all they do, highly necessary.

We recently connected with Adrian to discuss San Jose, its screenprinting culture and Screenprint Showdown.

Q: What does screenprinting mean to you?

Screen printing to us is a way to take our ideas and messages and bring them to life through a process that requires the use of our hands. 

Q: Let's say you're officially tasked to create a logo for the city of San Jose. What does it look like? What's the prevailing idea behind it? 

If we designed a logo for SJ it would represent the vibrant energy that lives in the city; It would most likely be “SJ”  and not San José. No one ever uses the “é” in San José, so SJ seems like a better fit. 

Keep it short and simple but clean and catchy. 

Q: What is something people from outside of San Jose need to know or should know about San Jose? 

That San Jose has a lot of different people living in it, and that's what makes unique collaborations come to being. 

Q: What are your thoughts on the Screenprint Showdown? What do you hope to see? What do you hope to do there?

We hope to see some fun, fresh designs from the folks of San Jose, and can’t wait to be surrounded by other printers all creating in their styles and techniques. 


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Screenprint Showdown Event Info

We'll be drawing one random name from the Facebook Event's list of people either Interested in the event and Going to the event. That person will receive a free year subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud. You must be at the event to claim your prize. NOTE: If you are an Adobe employee, you will not be eligible to win the raffle.

Day: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
Time: 11 AM to 5 PM
Location: Blanco Square, 12 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA 95110

What's going on? 
Live screenprinting + the birth of the city's new branded identity and logo + competitions, music and performances celebrating San Jose's deeply beloved screenprinting and art culture + LIMITED EDITION shirts and goods by Cukui, Silicon Valley De-Bug, School of Visual Philosophy and Authentic Imprints.

Brought to you by SJMADE, FutureArtsNow!, Content and Kooltura Marketing. Funded by Knight Foundation. Sponsored by Adobe, KQED and City of San Jose.