Punkpost – New App will send your Halloween cards for you – Amazing!

The craft of handwriting has been fading in the digital age, people text and email far more frequently, but don’t tell the folks at Punkpost — I just discovered them recently, a company launched by a community of San Francisco artists, and it’s about to make your Halloween (and other holiday) preparations a whole lot easier.

logoTheir new and edgy app for the iPhone will send your Halloween (or any!) greeting cards, and did I mention they’ll be handwritten for you? This is the really different.

FML97EcCjxX2JnWyDoTNThwZXDlEB5lp0Ra7N0E-jCsThe Punkpost website boasts that their iPhone app will help you send handwritten cards (even with some cheerful confetti) in the same time you send a text. I went ahead and sent a few Halloween haunts my friends’ way. The first card is free by the way, so it is pretty darn easy to try.

The whole process indeed took a few minutes: I picked out a few edgy cards, wrote my spooky messages (“I know what you did last summer”) and pressed “Send” right there in the app

Punkpost did the rest of the work: they hand-transcribed those on the actual letterpress cards, put stamps on the envelopes and posted a photo report of my mail that had been sent. I especially liked the advance scheduling feature and arranged for a few future posts to go out later (So why not write a few Christmas cards now before the crazy season starts and I still have a few free weekends?).


I noticed also that cards can be typed in any language – even the newly introduced emoji that Apple brought to iOS a few days ago (Punkpost artists will draw those on the cards for you). Confetti costs $1.50 extra, and international postage – additional $1.

Best yet, after you send that first free card, the following Punkposts will cost you $6 each (however, this is still probably less than what you spend on a letterpress card and a stamp in a store, and I’m not even accounting for the saved time).

My Conclusion:

This is one of the COOLEST and easiest ways to send old fashioned snail-mail, and certainly the fastest. Especially if you aren’t too happy about your handwriting or simply don’t have the extra time.


Pleasanton October Event Features the Surreal Paintings of William Sala

Art works found at Pleasanton’s Studio Seven Arts (400 Main St. Downtown) that are both surreal and open to interpretation to be displayed at special Saturday event.

Studio Seven Arts is preparing its gallery visitors for a mystical Halloween  season by delivering a provocative experience for gallery visitors that features renowned local artist William Sala, whose paintings are displayed with selected works of sculptor Jacquline Hurlbert.

On Saturday, Oct. 9th (10am to 2:00pm) Sala will be available in person at the gallery to discuss his work which is also on display all month.  A master surrealist, Sala delivers skillfully painted and detailed compositions that are reminiscent of art by Salvadore Dali and Rene Magritte – they captivate the imagination, ignore reality and leave the viewer wanting more.


Surreal Art of Bill Sala


Also will be displayed ceramic sculptures from Jacquline Hurlbert. Her sculptures speak on many levels through faces and hearts. Sharing their common thread of creative imagery, both Sala and Hurlbert create their own vocabulary with imagery from dreams, the unconscious, unfiltered thoughts and feelings, thus giving voice to yet unseen realities that defy conventional thought.

“Bill Sala’s mastery of surrealism and imagination brings out fascinating, and often downright scary subjects while making use of multiple dimensions and deep, rich colors,” said Dirk Christiansen, owner of Studio Seven Arts. “Saturday’s Gallery event makes the perfect entre to Halloween.”

About the Artist
Bill Sala, born in Oakland, California, is an amazing local artist working with oil to create contemporary surrealism. Sala allows the viewer to interpret the story behind each unique piece. His work is inventive, colorful, irreverent and edgy – it’s surrealism at its absolute best. Sala is a self-taught artist who likes to keep stretching artistically.


Surrealism of artist William Sala