The Athletic Community has been growing at such a rapid pace that we have resorted to things like "offsites" and "team building experiences" to expand our inspiration horizons. Or something like that. The folks over at Central Office put together our most recent exploration into the woods surrounding the Metolius River out in Eastern Oregon. The long weekend was the perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and dip our toes into the freezing river running next to the cabin — and play around with one of our new favorite ways to spend an afternoon — indigo!
It really was just an experiment, but maybe something that you may see soon. Figuring out how to make sure that your feet do not turn blue after a wear or two has been the main challenge. Everyone loves the look and feel of new denim, but hardly anyone has that same appreciation for the indigo palms that one comes away with. Why are you such a sweaty person anyway?
The indigo thing isn't something entirely new to us either. Aside from those blue palms (is that what you get from watching "blue" films?) we have been using Jungmaven shirts for a while now and more specifically their indigo dyed hemp shirts. SIDE NOTE: did you see that they did a tie dye party at Outdoor Retailer earlier this month? What a rad way to do a tradeshow.
We played around with some socks. We played around with some shirts. Then, our friend Jeff dyed his Nike's and tried to dye a rock. That was weird, but there is now one extremely blue rock sitting all lonely like along the banks of the Metolius River. It looked like a reject from an Andy Goldsworthy project. John Watson's Necronomicog Mountain's of Madness shirt actually turned out way better than I expected and I'm just now thinking "why haven't I worn that" as I'm typing this. Because look how freaking cool that turned out. Plus, it totally covers up those yellowed pit stains. Those are the worst. Also, that picture, despite what you might be thinking, wasn't taken in 1989.
Did you know that indigo dye is perfectly safe for the environment? It is akin to dying your shirts (and shoes) with blueberries or raspberries or even something like beets. So, when you're done with all the leftover dye, you should have no remorse about just dumping that blue bucket into your neighbors lawn or even their driveway. Feel nothing I say!
The weekend wasn't all blue, we also did a bit of hiking in the area. Gazing up at the mountains and exploring burn zones that we never knew existed. Then we fed the local chipmunk populations with our GORP and hiked back down. But not before we marveled at all that nature had to show us. Black Butte is a stratovolcano that happens to jut up and out towards the sky just near Sisters Oregon. After a little bit of a drive up to the trail head we hiked up and out of the tree line and into the heart of the outdoors.
Anyway, that's what we have been working on these days. What they hell have you guys been up to? Hopefully something artsy fartsy like this...