By Matt Nagle
In 2017, Grit City Magazine began telling Tacoma’s stories through an online format at https://GritCityMag.com. Offering a variety of great articles – from explaining the meaning behind Tacoma’s nickname “Grit City” to writing about the owner of the first automobile in Tacoma, W.W. Pickerill in 1899 – Grit City Magazine’s popularity grew from the start.
In September 2018, the staff ventured into print with a limited run of 253 copies, “Hard Copy 1.” All sold out in preorders. Since then, four more issues have been created. The print publication is now produced quarterly with new issues going out in March, June, September, and December.
Now that 2019 has arrived, Grit City Magazine is ready to throw a block party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of being in print. It all takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 3-8 p.m. at the 300 block of Puyallup Avenue, which is a significant location in that one of the buildings there has reached its 100th year, another reason to mark the occasion.
The “home base” for the party will be an indoor space on the backside of the block and into the parking lot. This block party/studio tour/open house combo will also enjoy the participation of nearby businesses open for touring throughout the event (see map/flyer for details).
In the parking lot will be various food options including HamHock Jones Soul Shack and Vainglorious Vegan, along with beer from 7 Seas and Rainier and an assortment of other beverages (including non-alcoholic). Northwest Furniture Bank will provide lounge-style seating to keep guests comfortable, and there will be music throughout the event.
As part of the celebration, this month the fifth print issue of Grit City Magainze, “Hard Copy 5,” will be released simultaneously with a reprint of the first issue dubbed “the bootleg edition.” Those who have pre-ordered a Hard Copy 5 print magazine (or purchases one at the event) can use a letterpress to print their own 11×17-inch poste in, a limited edition run of 253 prints. The poster art design is by
Joseph Brooks (weekend_at_bernies on Instagram) as a tribute to some of Tacoma’s legendary animals (think Ivan the gorilla, Tubby the dog, etc.).
And there’s more! A small silent auction will feature items like a tour of Old City Hall, tickets to Trevor Noah at the Tacoma Dome, and a ballroom rental at Courthouse Square. A portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to the Tacoma Public Library. In addition, a design celebrating the Grit City Magazine print anniversary will be available for screen printing at the Shiloh Threads studio. Guests are welcome to bring their own item (shirt, tote bag, etc.) and print for $5. Shiloh will also have shirts available for purchase to print on, as well as a few of their own designs ready on screens as options.