Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Dick Blick in Depth
After our excited post about the new Dick Blick opening in the heart of downtown Chicago, Art or Idiocy? felt it necessary to drop by and purchase a Faber-Castell black brush tip Indian ink - waterproof - maximum light - fastness PITT artist pen. The space is truly amazing, and it is like Forever 21 except with matboard. And now with the Quizno’s opening up at Adams and Wabash, I think it is safe to say that Chicago is on par with New York.
The Art or Idiocy? team ran into a bevy of Chicago art luminaries, including a trio from the Art Institute museum. Robert Hudson, Associate Director of Visitor Services, mentioned how Dick Blick has had branding issues, particularly with their online catalogue. Hudson asked a sales associate about why some stores are called "Dick Blick" and others just "Blick." The new one on State is "Blick Art Materials." "Where's the 'Dick'?" he had asked. “Their email can’t have ‘dick’ in the address because spam filters think it is porn,” he reported.
It also looks like there will be a coffee bar, so you can buy your art supplies and then hang out and be an artist in the coffee shop. Is it lame to be excited about this? What’s wrong with enjoying a store that caters to out demographic?