First Friday is this week at Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex. The monthly Southtown event, usually held from 7 to 11 p.m., features artists and makers lined up along S. Alamo and inside Brick Marketplace to showcase their works to locals and tourists alike. If you’re looking to do some shopping for your beau or bae [or self] for Valentine’s Day, look no further! We present you with a list of some vendors to check out this First Friday.
Sweet Craft Jewelry
Nicole Gonzalez has been keeping us hungry for more sweets with her delicious-looking, food-inspired jewelry. And, well, who doesn’t like all things food and San Anto-inspired? We caution you, though, because you know what they say: Never go [grocery] shopping when you’re hungry. We’ll take a dozen of everything!
Scope This: Conversation Hearts earrings (collaboration w/VeryThat)
Tattoos & Love Letters
Find yourself at a loss for words? Having a hard time expressing your true feelings? Say it with a greeting card! Ashley Bailey creates unique, hand-illustrated paper goods, temporary tattoos, and other gift items with a witty and whimsical twist.
Scope This: I Really Like Your Buns funny greeting card
Karma Candle Makers
Your favorite candle makers & aficionados Mario Siller and Roseann Sanchez are back at it again for their first First Friday event of the year. Grab one of their classic soy candles or try one of their new creations. If you reserve your candle online and choose “local pickup at Brick First Friday” at checkout, you’ll also receive a FREE random Mini Mason! Soy [sic] whaaat?!
Scope This: Two Dozen Roses soy Candle of the Month
Aaron and Megan Casas are basically First Friday pros. Their line of surreal and tattoo-inspired art and apparel will make you think about ditching that “I Heart Mom” tattoo idea for something much cooler―and less permanent. No Ragrets.
Scope This: Organ Donor print
Local chingona Cristina Martinez has not only been busy creating her ever-popular tiles (We’ve got, like, a dozen of them!), but she’s also got new journals, bracelets, and tote bags! The only question is, are you a self-identified chiflada, chingona, or necia? All of the above, you say? Ay tu!
Scope This: “Chiflada” tote bag
If you long for the fashions and stylings of yesteryear, then Raba Vintage has the rad wardrobe selection just for you! Handpicked by owner Tori Raba, the unique clothing selection will make you wish it was still the 1970s/’80s/’90s. Totally!
Scope This: Saturday’s Generation purple & orange stars sweater
Robert Tatum’s got the GOODS! Tatum Originals, adjacent to Brick Marketplace, is basically a candy shop for adults, but with art. You can find artwork in various mediums from local and regional artists, as well as original art and apparel by Tatum.
Scope This: Don’t Tread print (collaboration with Ray Tattooed Boy)