Here at OSKY, some of us hold other jobs as well as the ones within the OSKY Brand. Bryan Coons for example works for the Gallery of Art at the University of Northern Iowa. For the past 3 years he has held every position within the gallery and this past year was given an opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to curate an entire show for the gallery. (to curate is to plan the show from start to finish, coming up with a theme, artists, specific works, ext) The opportunity arose last Spring semester when Director Darrell Taylor approached Bryan and Stephanie Gonzalez and asked if this was something they would be interested in, easily, they said yes and took the reigns from there. They began making a list of artists they would like to bring to UNI and rounded the list down to 30 artists. From there came the idea of what theme they could use to wrap up a hand full of these artists together into one composite show. They had decided on Modern Motives: Influences in Today’s Art. The show is easily based around that title as each artist is an up and coming artist that uses objects or influences from today’s world, monopoly, shoes, dead presidents, and more. The artist include west coast-based emerging artists Kiel Johnson, Mike Leavitt, and Skinner as well as nationally known ceramic artists Tom Bartel and UNI alumnus Thaddeus Erdahl.
Tom Bartel received his M.F.A. in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington and has exhibited extensively in this country as well as China, Korea, Japan, and the Czech Republic. Bartel’s work is inspired by the human form and manifests in humorous, sometimes macabre ways.
Thaddeus Erdahl received his M.FA. from the University of Florida, Gainesville and recently completed an artist residency followed by a six-month program manager position at the prestigious Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Erdahls’s work is also figural, but as he states his sculptural surfaces are “metaphors for an emotional state.”
Kiel Johnson is an L.A.-based artist working primarily in cardboard, chipboard, and glue to make complex and whimsical representations of mechanical objects. Johnson is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and is widely exhibited. In 2008 he received a Pollock-Krasner grant.

According to Seattle-based Mike Leavitt, his company Intuition Kitchen Productions is a “one-man company of fine craft, sculpture, portraiture, performance, education, architecture, and animation.” Leavitt has exhibited his cardboard Hip Hop shoes, pop culture action figures, and ‘Vita Vera’ game boards worldwide.

Self-taught artist Skinner maintains a studio in Sacramento, Calif. where he creates paintings, murals, and sculptures influenced by 80s pop culture, heavy metal bands, and Dungeons and Dragons. His work is shown nationally and internationally and has been published in Juxtapoz and Hi Fructose magazines. Check out this video, the work in the video is in the show, Modern Motives:

The exhibition and receptions are free and open to the public. Opening reception for Modern Motives is January 18th at 7 PM.  Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is located at the northeast corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building.



Today’s blog is on the more personal side but highlights a great weekend with great friends and the excitement of a brand new beginning for a couple that is very special to a lot of people. December 31st is usually a day set aside strictly for the celebration of the coming of a new year filled with promise and resolutions. This year it was just that and so much more. Saturday, December 31st 2011 Luke Thole and Samantha Brown exchanged vows dedicating their love for one another and their son Charlie in an amazing New Year’s Eve wedding.

4 years ago high School sweethearts Luke Thole and Samantha Brown welcomed one of the coolest little kids I have ever met, Charlie, into the world and started their own little family. These two are two of the strongest people I have ever met raising an amazing little boy while going to school and working to support themselves. There have been a lot of ups and down and challenges along the way as there are with any couple raising a child, but the love between these two ever continued to grow. This past summer they were engaged and on Saturday they were married in front of their family and friends bringing in the new year.

The ceremony was absolutely perfect. Christmas themed decorations filled the little church in Placid, Iowa as a beautiful bride was escorted down the isle by her father. Charlie was all decked out in his little tux with the big signature smile on his face the entire time. As Luke and Samantha exchanged their vows to each other you could feel the love that binds the two of them to each other and to their son Charlie. In high school Luke always claimed he would never get married and yet there he stood, one of the first from our class making the ultimate step into the grown up world. When you find an amazing woman such as Samantha, you consider yourself a very lucky man to be standing at the alter next to her.

After the ceremony the couple headed to the reception to receive congratulations from family and friends and begin the countdown to midnight. The reception was highlighted by heartwarming speeches from the best men Daniel and Rob Thole as they accepted Samantha into the Thole Family. After a very entertaining reenactment of the famous maid of honor speech in the movie ‘Bridesmaids’ by Krista Kirsch and Samantha’s sister Maria it was time to dance. Boy do those Thole’s know to dance! Luke can still out dance most anyone for a guy who has been through more than his fair share of knee surgeries. The night was perfect and as the clock struck midnight you could find the happy new couple in the middle of the dance floor with their first kiss of the new year and an exciting new beginning with one another.

The reasons for celebration don’t stop here. Along with the wedding and the new year it was also Samantha and her twin brother Austin’s 23rd birthday! What more can a girl ask for on her wedding day with all of these celebrations wrapped into one? I would like to personally congratulate Luke and Samantha on their marriage and a long future together. They currently live in Ames, Iowa where Samantha is working and Luke is beginning his journey through vet school at Iowa State. These two are the definition of a love and dedication between two people and one can only hope to find what they have. Congrats kids! I look forward to seeing Charlie continue to grow up and to see where the future will take you!


Over the past few years here at the University of Northern Iowa, athletics primary focus has been football and basketball. With playoff births year after year and overthrowing a goliath in the NCAA you could see how they couldn’t be a focus for students and other Panther fans. But this year it’s time to share the spotlight. Tanya Warren enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Panthers after taking the team to new heights. The 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Warren has led the Panthers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first-ever regular season MVC title.

In 2010-11, she guided the Panthers to a 27-6 overall record and a 17-1 Valley record as UNI finished the conference season five games better than the second-place teams. UNI won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the second-straight year, earning the school’s second NCAA Tournament appearance. She coached a pair of first-team MVC all-conference selections in Lizzie Boeck and Jacqui Kalin, and Kalin was tabbed the school’s first-ever Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. Kalin was also named the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Erin Brocka earned a spot on the all-defensive team.

However, this year the team is back on track and ready to pick up where they left off. At 8-5 they have had a rough start that included some tough losses to Iowa and Iowa State but look to bounce back the remainder of the season and repeating their past success. With all the talent on this year’s team the goal is nothing less than winning the Missouri Valley Conference for the third-straight year and earning their third NCAA Tournament appearance. We here at OSKY, along with the rest of the UNI family, would like to wish the women the best of luck throughout the rest of the season! You have the entire Cedar Valley behind you supporting you all the way!

On the court these girls are all business, but when they have some free time they know how to have fun and be college students. They recently posted a YouTube video covering the LMFAO hit “Sexy and I Know It” that has become a huge sensation around campus. Check out the girls showing off their dance moves and stunning good looks in the video above! The lady Panthers next home game is on Thursday January 12 at 7pm in the McLeod Center. To continue to follow the girls remaining games and potential NCAA Tournament push visit or find them on Facebook by searching ‘UNI Women’s Basketball’.



The Envy Corps is an indie rock band from Ames, IA. Comprised of 4 members: Luke Pettipoole (vocals/bass), Brandon Darner (guitar), Micah Natera (synthesizer/guitar), and Scott Yoshimura (drums).

However, it wasn’t an easy road for the guys along the way. Formed in October 2001 by Luke Pettipoole, and originally included members Derek Powers on drums, Peter Bovenmyer on bass, and David Yoshimura on guitar. In 2003, the original rhythm section departed and were replaced by temporary members, while Yoshimura assumed drumming duties. This lineup proved short lived, and Powers and Bovenmyer eventually resumed their original posts, helping Pettipoole and Yoshimura place finishing touches on the band’s debut album. In late 2004, after the release of Soviet Reunion, the band was divided again. Yoshimura’s brother Scott took position behind the drumkit and former To My Surprise frontman Brandon Darner was conscripted as the new lead guitarist.
They spent 2005 working feverishly on the first fruits of the new lineup. I Will Write You Love Letters If You Tell Me To EP was self-released in April of 2006. The album brought more attention to the band and even an extended stay on the CMJ Top 200 chart, as well as an opening slot for The Killers on their fall US tour. Based on the success of the EP, the band signed with the Mercury Records imprint Vertigo. In March 2007, the Story Problem EP was released on iTunes and double 7″ in the UK, culling four tracks from Love Letters and serving as a teaser for the upcoming album. The band spent several months in 2007 working on their major label debut, Dwell, at a studio tucked away in the remote farmland of their home state, choosing then to mix the record in the London borough of Brixton. Than at the end of 2007, bassist David Yoshimura left the band and moved to Japan.
Dwell was eventually released in the UK on April 28, 2008, and digitally in the US on July 8, 2008. The band ended their relationship with Vertigo Records in late 2008, and soon thereafter added live guitarist/keyboardist Micah Natera as a permanent member. In February and March 2009, the band recorded material for a new EP entitled Kid Gloves, which was released June 9 and included the single Screen Test. In June 2010, the band began pre-production on their proper follow up. Sessions with Omaha engineer A. J. Mogis at ARC Studios resulted in a full length entitled It Culls You, which features new songs such as Make It Stop, Ms. Hospital Corners, Fools and Give It All Up.
The Envy Corps will be here in Cedar Falls, IA on January 12 at The Hub:
To check out more on The Envy Corps visit their site: or follow them on twitter: @theenvycorps


From Oskaloosa to New York, Tyler Sash has been representing Iowa at the highest level. Tyler is now the Safety/Gunner for the NFL’s New York Giants, but it was a long road to get there. Tyler attended Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa, Iowa. While playing football under Coach Darrell Schumacher, Tyler received many honors. These honors included: two-time first team all-state, Elite all-state (senior year), three-time first team all-district, and three-time academic all-district. Honors don’t come for free though. Tyler worked his ass off in school, recording 137 tackles and 8 interceptions in his high school career. Not only did Tyler play defense in high school, he shined on the offensive side of the ball as well, raking in 28 school records such as: rushing yards in a game (324), most receptions in career (100), most touchdowns in a career 63), and many more.

From there Tyler was enrolled and suited to play for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. While at Iowa, Tyler didn’t let up on his attitude or strength. With his hard work and determination came great plays and great stats. His freshman year he was named Big Ten Top Defensive Freshman (, second team Freshman all-American (, third team Freshman all-American (Phil Steele’s College Football) and, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week vs. Penn State. He did this by recording 53 tackles, 5 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups.

Sophomore and Junior seasons were no different. Tyler worked hard and was rewarded for doing so. His last season Tyler was honored with  Third team all-America (Phil Steele’s College Football), first team all-Big Ten (league coaches and media) first team all-Big Ten (Phil Steele’s College Football), one of 10 semifinal candidates for 2010 Jim Thorpe Award, and was awarded the Hustle Team Award, Defense. Overall in Hawkeye history Tyler ranks fifth in career interceptions (13), holds Iowa career record and ranks fourth all-time in the Big Ten Conference with 392 interception return yards, tied Iowa single-game record with three pass interceptions in 35-3 win at Iowa State in 2009, set Iowa bowl records for longest interception return (48 yards) and interception return yards in a game (74) in 2009 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina, along with tying Iowa bowl record with two interceptions, and he ranks 51st in career tackles (217).

All this hard work payed off and in 2011 the New York Giants drafted Tyler Sash in the 6th round. Sash was just awarded the honor of being named to the 2011 All-Rookie Team (Football Outsiders). Although it’s through special teams, rather than defense, his 17 tackles and 2 forced fumbles are rather impressive for a special teams player, let alone, a rookie. We want you to know that everyone here at OSKY and the entire state of Iowa is following and rooting for you throughout your future in life and career in the NFL.

Sash has been a huge supporter of the #GBNB movement. #GBNB stands for Get Better Not Bitter. A daily reminder that your attitude can influence more than you can imagine. This is a great attitude for people in sports along with everyday life. You can follow #GBNB on facebook at We wanna give a S/O to Tyler Sash and his Giants as they face the Cowboys this weekend for a spot in this years NFL playoffs. If you would like to follow Tyler on twitter and show your support follow him @TSash.




Another artist/designer/entrepreneur we look up to is the one and only, Glen Infante, Founder/Designer/CEO of ILTHY (I Love the Hype). From being a designer at to developing a website to generate funds for a billboard of LeBron James to try to keep him in Cleveland, Infante has proven himself to be a versatile and capable designer. We ran across his design work early on through myspace, and from then on continued to follow this seemingly no-name designer from Cleveland and were awed by every piece of his work. His fame and talent continued to grow as he started designing for huge names in the sports and music industries.

With no intention to start a business, but rather to sell shirts on, Glen continued to work. Supporting everything Cleveland, he began designing shirts centered around local stars such as Lebron James and Kid Cudi and from there grew the ILTHY brand we know of today. It’s people with a passion like this that push us and give us faith to continue to do what we love and attempt to expand our own company. Starting from the bottom, being a no-name brand is no easy task to say the least. Glen has showed us that if you have the passion and the drive to do something great, with a little hard work you can accomplish your biggest dreams. We don’t have the money right now to print all the ideas that are built up inside our heads, but we hope to bring you more personalized OSKY Brand designs in the near future.

In October of 2009, Glen and his ILTHY brand hit the internet with a full-blown website. Even with just a few designs in his pocket, Glen raked in the followers with shirts like Moonman, which were spotted  at big name parties such as Kid Cudi’s listening party. As months went on Glen kept designing for both ILTHY and other side jobs trying to keep King James in Cleveland, making music flyers, and other shirts for businesses and what not. No matter what Glen does, he reps Cleveland with a passion.

In 2011 Glen left his position at and focus on ILTHY at full force. In December of 2011 Glen opened up is very own, ILTHY Workshop space. Located in Gordon Square, the Ilthy shop includes clothing, stickers, wall art and more. ILTHY has grown consistently and in abundance in the last 2 years and will continue to do so for time to come. S/O to Glen and ILTHY, you are a true inspiration, we love what you are doing and look forward to what the future brings. To check out Glen’s site, blog, and shop head to or follow em on twitter @ilovethehype.


Here at Osky we try not to overload ourselves with work all the time so from time to time we like to kick back and throw on a little t.v. One night we flipped through and caught a couple episodes of an amazing show, How to Make it in America. The show is based around two main characters, Ben (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam (Victor Rasuk). Living in New york with little cash in their accounts and not much big time experience, the two best friends decide they want to make a line of jeans and jump into the fashion business. Using their street knowledge, a small amount of an artistic past, and their known connections the two take on the task of reaching their ‘American Dream’. The story takes off from there with ups and downs and sideline stories here and there to keep the comedy and drama rolling.

How to Make it in America has a phenomenal cast under their belt. Along with Bryan and Victor the show plays host to folks like Kid Cudi, Lake Bell, and Eddie Thomas. Since it aired in February of 2010, it has been through two seasons on HBO. Unfortunately about a week and a half ago, the station announced it would not be bringing the show back for another season. With an array of characters that can connect with a mass audience, an amazingly fun and attention grabbing story line and the underlying message from the show give viewers much more than they bargained for. HBO just never promoted it hard enough to get the initial fan base going from the start. To check out more on this inspirational show or leave a comment to try and rescue Season 3 check out this site:


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