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Erik Carlson | Songwriter, Teacher & All-ages Club Owner

Being an all-ages club owner, songwriter Erik Carlson is a passionate music advocate and sound maker. After starting SoHiTek Records in 2009, he is taking an ambitious multi-pronged approach to his field, Erik’s work includes playing in the band DoublePlusGood, teaching music at West Hills Montessori , and creating space for music to be shared at S1.


Your manifesto / rules to live by / motto:

Never be afraid to try something new. Never be afraid to scrap an idea and start over.


How would you describe your work if you left out all the boring parts?

Chasing ideas and themes that pop in to my head down whatever rabbit hole it takes me. Experimenting. Writing, rewriting!


Pen, pencil or stylus?

Pencil!


Be honest: how often do you clean your desk?

Almost never. I clean when I’m frustrated and the creative juices aren’t flowing yet.

 

Rotring 600MP Mechanical PenciL

This is IT. This is the mechanical pencil you've been waiting for. With this piece of German technology you can elevate your daily drafting, writing, sketching, and margin noodling to an absolute science. They're elegant, well-thought out, and simply attracting. Isn't that what your work should be? 

Rotring has been known for beautiful and ingeniously designed writing tools since 1928. These prove why with a solid aluminum body for satisfying balance, knurled grip for easier traction and more control, neatly hidden eraser, precision brass mechanism for perfect lead movement, and an extra-supportive tip to reduce breakage. The tip shape is minimized, allowing you a greater view of your work. It even has a variable lead hardness indicator that you can use for quick reference, so you always know you're choosing the right tool.

The only downside is how distractingly attractive they are... But passion is great inspiration. Get to work.

Aaron Draplin | Graphic Artist & Field Notes Co-founder

Aaron Draplin | Graphic Artist & Field Notes Co-founder

Beatrice Thompson | Art Director & Designer at Roundhouse

Beatrice Thompson | Art Director & Designer at Roundhouse

D'wayne Edwards | Founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy

D'wayne Edwards | Founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy

Jennifer Armbrust | Designer & Advisor

Jennifer Armbrust | Designer & Advisor

Kate Bingaman-Burt | Educator & Illustrator

Kate Bingaman-Burt | Educator & Illustrator

Olivia Britz-Wheat | Tattoo Artist at Fortune Tattoo

Olivia Britz-Wheat | Tattoo Artist at Fortune Tattoo

Tsilli Pines | Co-founder of Design Week Portland & CreativeMornings Portland

Tsilli Pines | Co-founder of Design Week Portland & CreativeMornings Portland

Ashod Simonian | Creative Director & Co-founder of Imaginary Authors

Ashod Simonian | Creative Director & Co-founder of Imaginary Authors

Calvin Ross Carl | Artist & Creative Lead at Sincerely Truman

Calvin Ross Carl | Artist & Creative Lead at Sincerely Truman

Erik Carlson | Songwriter, Teacher & All-ages Club Owner

Erik Carlson | Songwriter, Teacher & All-ages Club Owner

Jennifer James Wright | Design Director of Ouur Studio

Jennifer James Wright | Design Director of Ouur Studio

Lizy Gershenzon | Brand & Interface Designer at Scribble Tone

Lizy Gershenzon | Brand & Interface Designer at Scribble Tone

Rachel Ancliffe | Apparel Designer

Rachel Ancliffe | Apparel Designer

Tyler Segel | Creative Director at Factory North

Tyler Segel | Creative Director at Factory North

Avantika Bawa | Artist & Professor

Avantika Bawa | Artist & Professor

Carolin Harris | Associate Creative Director at Swift

Carolin Harris | Associate Creative Director at Swift

James Owen | Creative Director 

James Owen | Creative Director 

Justin "Scrappers" Morrison | Creative Worker

Justin "Scrappers" Morrison | Creative Worker

Max Estes | Children's Author & Illustrator

Max Estes | Children's Author & Illustrator

Sasha Burchuk | Web Developer

Sasha Burchuk | Web Developer

Willyum Beck | Art Director at BPN

Willyum Beck | Art Director at BPN