Month: April 2011

Painted Skateparks

skate park with painted waves

I bet you were wondering where to find the really awesome skate park in our Spring catalog.  This painted wave pipe can be found just 70 miles south of us in Santa Cruz, California at Santa Cruz Skate Park.

Santa Cruz Skate Park in Santa Cruz, Ca

Since there was such a cool skate board park so close to us, I figured there must be tons of painted skate parks all over. But as I started researching I only found a few:

Malmö Skate Park in Malmö, Sweden

Octopus Skate Pool in Lugano, Switzerland

Does anyone know any other skate park murals?

Skateboarding Week

Spring has sprung in many parts of the country, and this week we’re celebrating by focusing on skateboarding at Tea. Our Spring collection has many urban-inspired, skateboard-friendly pieces that encourage play and hold up well under exuberant activity! To get started and set the tone, we thought we’d share these amazing photographs by local San Francisco artist Andrew Paynter, who traveled around the world photographing skateboarders:

Design for Japan

Since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan’s Northwestern coast on March 11th, designers and artists all over the world have come together to create innovative designs or donate proceeds of their work to relief efforts. I love the idea of selling and sharing art to help the people of Japan.

“Help Japan” Poster by Signalnoise

Japan Clock” by Anna Marinenko

“Relief Tee” by Hide & Seek Clothing

Aside from creating art in response to the crisis in Japan, many artists at Etsy are donating percents of sales to charities, and in Atlanta Georgia two young artists are taking to the streets to sell their art for fundraising purposes. Share the creative ways you’ve seen money being raised for Japan in the comments below.

Fundraising with Tea for Japan Disaster Relief

Japan has been a great source of inspiration to Tea since 2002. Our classic Kimono jackets are a favorite every Fall, and many of our baby clothes were inspired by Japanese textiles. In 2008 our designers visited Japan and created our Fall 2009 line, where every item referenced a part of their journey through the country. When we heard about the Earthquake and Tsunami that hit the country on March 11th we, like many of you, asked ourselves how we could help.

On Tuesday April 5th we will be donating 20% of sales from participating customers to Give2Asia’s Japan Relief Effort. Shop online at Tea Collection and type “DONATE” into the Promo Code box in your cart when checking out. Tea will donate 20% of your order’s total to Give2Asia.

Give2Asia is a local San Francisco charity, and 95% of all donations raised for Japan’s Emergency Relief fund are divided among Japanese charities that are working on the ground to address disaster relief.  For more information you can check out Give2Asia’s Japan Relief Page here.