Chain Gangsta now shipping to a hood near you

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Who is Jason Clary?  He rides dirty, pops wheelies through San Francisco streets and redefines the term “career as a professional cyclist.” Not to mention, he’ll happily buy you a tall can. Clary has always been the loud mouth on tour so naturally Boombotix saw a great personality to align with the brand.

The Clary-inspired Chain Gangsta Boombot2 features water transferred 4-color graphics depicting a variety of cogs and bike chains wrapping the entire unit. Clary commented on the piece, “Boombots have basically become standard issue gear for messenger bikers in SF, NY, and LA. When they [Boombotix] came to me with the idea to make a pro model, I was just about to leave for Fixed Fest in Jakarta. I just started to realize that even at 30, I am spending all day riding my bike, training, travelling around the world. Music has always been an essential piece to driving my training regiment and fueling my after party, so I’m ecstatic to get to work on a project like this with the Boombotix crew.”

The Chain Gangsta Limited Edition Boombot 2 features Bluetooth technology for wireless playback with all smartphones, tablets and laptops. The unit can also be daisy chained to external speakers or additional units for stereo sound. Speaker and optional bike mounts are available directly at boombotix.com, iMinusD, and Area Cycles, Mission Bicycle Co., and Ride SFO.

Limited to 800 pieces worldwide.

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The History of the Boombot

Ghetto fab-o-lous skullyboom circa 2009

The original Boombot was conceived as an alternative to headphones. The founder of Boombotix, Lief Storer, was commuting via bicycle to and from work across a mile of traffic and three miles of bayside estuary. He wanted something that would be safer than headphones while also immersing himself in the outdoors with his music. He worked as an engineer by day and an artist by night. When the company flew him to Taiwan to work on LED lighting systems, he discovered Japanese urban vinyl toy design. He began incorporating the toy medium into his work before coming across a Do-it-Yourself toy called the Skully.

The Skully featured asymmetrical eyes in a tennis ball-sized form factor. The toy was made of PVC on a rotocast. Using the shell and some off-the-shelf portable speaker components and a Motorola walkie-talkie belt clip, Lief assembled the first working prototypes. Many of his friends took interest in the product, and a company was beginning to form. Over the next year, Lief spent his off-hours meticulously refining the design to move closer to a satisfactory working prototype. The first production prototypes were tested in rain drenched San Francisco and the deep treacherous powder throughout Lake Tahoe.

By April of 2010, Lief had raised enough private equity and built enough into the design to bring the first Boombots to the market. They were super simple, featuring an on/off button, rechargeable battery, retractable audio cable, and a hip clip.

How to paint a woodgrain effect

Learn to use acrylic paint to get a realistic wood sheen on any medium

A couple weeks ago, I finished this piece and took some photos out in the woods before taking it on the road.  One of the things I was excited about was sharing the painting methods of getting this woodgrain effect.  I did my best to document the entire process so that if you ever have those sneakers that you want to trick out or maybe another inanimate object that you want to turn to wood, YOU CAN.

In this tutorial, he uses an upsized custom fiberglass Boombot loudspeaker. If you like thumping powerful audio and art, then this piece gives you the best of the two. Art with function and enough OOMPF to throw your next raging party.

You can mess around with various styles of wood as well as using different color variations, but this will hopefully give you one way to go about getting a very realistic looking woodgrain. Hope you enjoy!

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Customizing your Boombotix Speaker

This unit features a custom green bezel and a full color gradient print on grill for Wanderful Media in SF.

This unit features a custom green bezel and a full color gradient print on grill for Wanderful Media in SF.

custom speaker private labeling services for brands and designers

Boombot speakers are designed to adapt to your lifestyle.  They are the projector of the music that defines your identity.  Boombot speakers are a blank canvas for designers and artists.  Designers and brands can explore a new medium on a device that provides real utility.  This is a product that is taken and seen everywhere. Draw attention to your brand and give the gift of sound. To see a full catalog of products you can customize, visit the Boombotix store and get inspired.

Boombot Design Constraints

Boombot speakers are built with meticulous industrial design characteristics for function and acoustic performance.  Designs should not do anything to interfere with the acoustic performance of the product.  We do not typically change mechanical components on our products unless it is implemented throughout our entire product line.

There are several processes for applying graphics onto Boombot speakers.  We typically use water transfer to apply pattern and texture graphics.  Pad printing is used for stamping graphics on product.  Each method has some restrictions, but the two methods can also be used in combination to offer artists the most graphic freedom.  As a rule of thumb, if you are using a pattern, you should include source art that is at least 1000p x 1000p as vector art.  With pad printing, keep in mind that simplicity is going to be the most feasible and smaller graphics will work easier than larger ones.  Units can also be hand painted, but this increases production costs significantly.

In pad printing, avoid designing around the sharper lines of the product.  Think of pad printing as a stamp that is applied to a surface.  The stamp can bend around some soft contours but cannot form around sharper ones.

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Ultimate Neo-Retro Speaker

There is something kind of refreshing about this old school speaker horn.  Maybe it’s not the most practical piece, but we could see this being the sound dock for grandpa/grandma with an iPhone (if we didn’t give him a Boombotix BB1 of course).  The MegaPhone speaker by designers Isabella Lovero and Enrico Bosa brings a bold statement to music listening. A handcrafted ceramic horn accentuates the amplifier’s striking look.


Via Etre.