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Bar-B-Que, Pure Pittsburgh Style


Kenny Seeman is a long time customer at Tastar, moving from being a Heavy Metal musician, to working with very heavy metals, to doing the YouTube Heavy Metal Bar-B-Que Channel, that is flavored with a great dose of Pittsburghese. There's no better entertainment and enjoyment than barbecuing during a hot Pittsburgh summer.

As Kenny says on his channel:

"My channel,... just as the name says…. a mix of Heavy Metal... and Barbecue, the way I like it.

Heavy Metal…. LOUD and FAST!!!!! …..and Barbecue… LOW and SLOW!

This channel first started out with pictures. I just wanted to document the different techniques that I was using at a particular time. It has evolved into a video channel... and a channel that many people have taken the time to watch. This was intended solely for entertainment for me and a few of my friends, but we welcome anyone. All I'm doing is experimenting! I'm not saying…… do this…. or try this. I'm just saying ….This is what I'm having fun doing right now! There are plenty of channels out there that show you the proper and correct way to barbecue…… check them out! Me…I'm just doing My thing! HEAVY METAL STYLE!!!!!!!!!!"

Epson EcoTank Printers - Save up to 80% on Ink Costs!


Click this link to see Epson EcoTank Printers at tastarsupply.com.

Slow Computer?

From iFixIt.com - Speed Up Your Mac:

There are a lot of reasons to upgrade your computer's hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid-state drive (SSD) - here are three:

Faster everything: SSDs can read and write information up to 10x faster than a mechanical hard disk drive - that means faster boot up, application launch times, application performance and data-retrieval.

Increased durability: SSDs are more resistant to shock, vibration, and movement - making them well-suited for portable devices that are subject to sudden knocks and bumps.

Improved efficiency: Since SSDs don't have moving parts, they require less energy to operate. Less energy = increased battery life = awesome.

From TJ (one of our customers, who has a 4 year old i7 desktop PC that we upgraded to an SSD):

"This computer is running like you put a turbo kit on a Lamborghini engine and shoved it in a Honda Civic! Thank you guys so much for everything you have done for me on this!"

Justin Merriman, Photojournalist, Speaks to Us


He's an accomplished photojournalist - the credits on his website support this: "awards from organizations including Pictures of the Year International, Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, National Headliners Awards, the Society for News Design, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Northern Short Course, the Southern Short Course, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Military Reporters and Editors Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Press Club. He was awarded Photographer of the Year by the News Photographer Association of Greater Pittsburgh four times and most recently was honored with the Keystone Press Awards 2016 Distinguished Visual Award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association."

And, his most recent adventure is the role that he had in creating a film about the importance of language in basic human survival. The film, created by Duolingo, a Pittsburgh, PA based organization that provides a free science-based language education platform, premiered its first film, "Something Like Home" on Tuesday, June 19, at Pittsburgh's Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The documentary explores the role and importance that language plays in the lives of refugees from Syria.

Mr. Merriman has done a lot with and for his profession. We wish him continued success.

Epson Partners with CIT Direct Capital


Epson America, a global leader in printing technology, and CIT Direct Capital, the national digital small business lending unit of CIT Group, announced a partnership to offer financing for commercial and digital print customers. This partnership will allow CIT Direct Capital to provide Epson customers a primary source of financing through a single point of contact. This will simplify Epson’s financing process by streamlining communication between equipment manufacturers, dealers and funding sources, creating a more straightforward customer experience.

“Epson strives to provide our customers with every avenue to success and provide support on all aspects of the purchase, from selecting the equipment, purchasing, maintenance, and warranty,” said Mark Mathews, vice president, Epson America, Inc. “Partnering with CIT Direct Capital provides the ability for Epson to offer a variety of acquisition methods to our customers, ensuring they can select the method that best fits their financial and business needs.”

No money down: purchase your equipment today without impacting your cash flow.
$99 payments for 6 months: out-of-pocket cost = $594 in first 6 months*.
Flexible terms (12-72 months): find the monthly payment that works for your business.

(*First payment of $99 due in 30 days, followed by 5 additional $99 monthly payments. First full payment occurs in the seventh month and will include document fees. Total out-of-pocket cost of $594 in first 6 months. Offer available through June 30, 2018.)

Click this link to go to your CIT Direct Capital online application. Or, call us for more information.

Epson SureColor P5000 Achieves Imaging Excellence

17-inch Desktop Photo Printer Awarded Accolades from Top Industry Associations and Publications

Epson continues to set the bar for professional imaging excellence with its award winning 17-inch Epson SureColor® P5000. Since going on sale in January of this year, the SureColor P5000 is designed to deliver enhanced performance, reliability and professional image quality for desktop photography, fine art, graphic design, and proofing applications. Over the past year, the SureColor P5000 has received a range of accolades from top photography associations and outlets, underscoring its impact on today’s photography and graphic design workflows. Highlights include:

TIPA Award: Best Photo Printer – Widely recognized as the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide

Professional Photographer Magazine: Hot Ones 2017 Product – Official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, recognizes the printer as one of the 2017 Hot Products for photographers

Rangefinder Magazine: Editors’ Choice 2017 Buyer’s Guide – Award-winning monthly magazine, and the official publication of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), highlights the printer as a gear of the year for 2017

Digital Photo Pro Magazine: Editors’ Choice Best Photo Printer – A trusted source for the latest news on photography, the outlet recognized the printer in its annual Gear of the Year roundup and awarded it Editor’s Choice for best photo printer.

Now through September 30, 2018, save up to $450.00 on an Epson SureColor P5000 printer. Click this link for eligible printers or download the Epson rebate form for this offer.

Artists at Work


Off-the-Wall Graphics stands out when it comes to expert knowledge and reliable, excellent performance in custom silkscreen printing, embroidery and color separations. Located in Greensburg, PA, the company is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Steve and Anita Kozinko. Steve is the screen print manager and the color separation and screen creation artist. Unique in his ability to separate jobs into the best color combinations for the screen printing process, he rarely uses standard CMYK colors traditionally used for offset printing. With their precise Epson SureColor T3270 printer, Steve generates screens up to 80 lines per inch that are printed using water-based, discharge or standard inks and - voila! His output equals works of art.

The equally talented Anita supervises the embroidery department. A prominent bead artist, her works have been exhibited nationally and regionally. She was named a finalist in the 2017 BeadDreams annual competition for her entry of Mandalas - a bead embroidered adult coloring book, and she received the Craft Award for her “Ancient Lights” at this year's Westmoreland Art Nationals Exhibition.

Along with their production team they continually provide exceptional service to businesses, non-profit organizations and schools. We've been pleased to serve Off-the-Wall Graphics for 20 of its 30 plus years in business.

Update Your Epson Wide-Format Printer Firmware

Epson has announced important firmware updates for the Webconfig feature in certain Professional Imaging Printer products. This update addresses a vulnerability that may compromise the security of the printer’s web browser. The CVE-ID for this vulnerability is CVE-2017-6443 and you can learn more about it on the CVE website.

Printers affected:
Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson SureColor F2000, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 7900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 9900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 7890, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 9890, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4880, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4450, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 11880, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro GS6000, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 3800, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 3880, all models, all previous firmware versions

You can also download the Epson data sheet describing this issue.

Pittsburgh Gives - Artist Image Resource

Five words come to mind to describe Artists Image Resource (AIR), located on the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Educate. Inspire. Stimulate. Experience. Create. Whether one is an established artist, a novice printer, or a person hungry to whet their creative appetite, AIR is the go-to facility locally, regionally and nationally for printmaking and is equipped to produce relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing and digital printing projects. Its mantra ~ Production – Education – Community ~ is evident throughout the artist operated, non profit print and imaging organization. Buzzing activity of resident artists, students and community visitors is constant and print artworks can be viewed in progress or hanging on walls throughout its space. Go on a studio tour, sign up for a workshop or take an in depth, refresher tutorial and experience first hand what this extraordinary laboratory offers.

Executive and Artistic Director, Robert Beckman, enthusiastically talks about resident artist Ricardo Ruiz’s work in progress, describing one step of the process.

Can't transport your students or community group to AIR. . . they’ll come to you! Mobile printing units allow participants to learn all aspects of the photographic silkscreen process.

Ben Page is AIR's in-house printer extraordinaire. Here, he explains the intaglio process.

Examples of printmaker works decorate the walls of AIR adding interest, color and voice.

Ed Massery – Pittsburgh Architectural Photographer

From its rich past to a modern, bright future, architectural design is abundant, noteworthy and flourishing in Pittsburgh. To successfully showcase design aesthetics, both external and internal, of the many buildings and structures throughout the city is a formidable feat. Working as an architectural photographer for over 27 years, Pittsburgher Ed Massery has taken on the challenge with passion, skill and mastery.

Benedum Trees building roof, photograph by Ed Massery, 2017.

The Gateway Station is the jewel in Pittsburgh Transit Authority's light rail system. It was photographed by Ed Massery, 2012.


Visit Ed Massery's website, view his portfolio, and appreciate his distinct representation of architecture in Pittsburgh and beyond.

Omni William Penn Hotel lobby, photograph by Ed Massery, 2003.

Windows 10 Pro Desktop PCs for Business

We've identified a few PCs that have Windows 10 Pro installed and provide the best performance for your dollar. And, they all have 3 year manufacturer's warranties.

If you want a Solid State Drive rather than a mechanical hard drive and a 7th generation Intel processor, then check out this HP ProDesk 600 G3 Micro Tower - it includes an Intel Core i5-7500, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 7,822, 8GB of memory and a 256GB drive. It's currently priced at $779.00.

Or, step up to a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor with a HP ProDesk 600 G3 SFF PC - it includes an Intel Core i7-7700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 10,959, 8GB of memory and a 256GB drive. It's currently priced at $859.00.

The equivalent Dell with a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor would be a Dell Optiplex 5050 SFF PC - it includes an Intel Core i7-7700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 10,959, 8GB of memory and a 256GB drive. It's currently priced at $859.00.

Get one of the first AMD Ryzen desktops - a SFF Lenovo ThinkCentre M715s that is running a Ryzen 7 1700 processor and a reasonably fast NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 video controller with 2GB of memory. The new AMD Ryzen provides a CPU benchmark rating of 13,813 at an unheard of low price. The Lenovo M715s currently priced at $999.00 (and it's a special order product that will take a couple of weeks to ship).

If you want a tower PC, with lots of room for internal expansion, the HP EliteDesk 800 G3 Tower - is a great choice - it comes with a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 4 memory slots that will support up to 64GB of memory, free drive bays and M2 slots, and 4 PCIe slots. It's currently priced at $1,029.00.

Get a workstation class PC, the Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tower - it comes with a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700K processor (CPU Benchmark 12,174), 16GB of memory and 4 memory slots that will support up to 64GB of memory, free drive bays and M2 slots, and 4 PCIe slots. It's currently priced at $1,219.00.

ANCIENT INK – Photographs by Mark Perrott

Tattoo ornamentation in America has come a long way since the early 19th century. While previously ignored and considered to be on the fringe of society, tattoos have reached an accepted, aesthetic level that is celebrated throughout mainstream America.

Photographer Mark Perrott has spent several decades documenting tattooed Americans. He began his study in 1979 at Island Avenue Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA, and has explored tattoo parlors all across America. Coming up this month at the Erie Art Museum, Bacon Gallery, is a show of Perrott's current series, ANCIENT INK. Mark focuses his camera on the now increasing tribe of highly decorated and graying Americans, introducing the viewer to dozens of individuals, including Jim and Marge.

Jim, 2016, 50 in. x 50 in. inkjet print on© 2016, mark perrott 
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth.

Marge, 2016, 50 in. x 50 in. inkjet print on© 2016, mark perrott 
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth.

Pittsburgh native Mark Perrott has worked as a professional photographer for the past fifty years. In addition to his commercial work, which includes portraiture and photography for annual reports, Perrott has spent his life making photographs that document Pittsburgh’s citizens and its rich industrial landscape. In the early eighties, he gave special attention to the life and death struggle of steel in the Mon Valley, with a special focus on the Jones & Laughlin steel mill and its Blast Furnace Department, informally known as “Eliza.” Photographs from this project were used to create the book ELIZA, published in 1989 by Howell Press. In 1999, he published HOPE ABANDONED, a four-year investigation of Eastern State Penitentiary, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2013, he published his third book, E BLOCK, an extended photo essay on Western Penitentiary. Perrot's photographs are included in numerous museum collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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