Friday, August 31, 2007

1} Antique Horse Show Ribbons
2} Centro-Matic: Distance & Clime
3} Billy Gibbon's 1936 Rat Rod
4} Vintage Surfboards
5} High Voltage Tattoo, Hollywood

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A Note From Amy Butler

Hi Kelly!
Congratulations on being selected as Chris's winner for Midwest Modern! I hope the time you spend with Mid Mod brings you loads of joy. Dave and I are thrilled to be able to share the book, it was quite a personal journey for both of us. You'll have to let me know how it reads! Take good care.

Chris, please thank all of your readers for participating in the contest for me. It was so much fun!


Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Guys of Texas are Upon You.


Chris Brown’s aesthetic is gritty dirt road meets modern city concrete, so it is quite obvious why his style & business is called Urban Prairie. Brown is a designer, stylist and collector and showcases those titles at his alt-country website and on his blog REFUELED ( Look for a new book, "Crack Heads" a visual journal of his cracked doll head collection and a short film titled "REFUELED", a documentary of a three day hunt at the Warrenton, Texas antique show - both available soon.

Steve Wiman is an artist whose medium is found-object assemblage, and his look is what makes Uncommon Objects in Austin, uncommon. “Raw material for creative living” is the tagline for his SoCo located store which celebrates homemade American ingenuity and weirdness - a statement that couldn’t hold more truth.
Visit at

Jason Cohen has a well-trained eye for odd objects. Cohen runs the Dallas store Curiosities, an eclectic mix of antique and art dealers which forms a wild emporium of tasty goods! Many of the vendors have over 25 years experience in the field. Inside you will find vintage folk art, circus banners, tramp art, Victorian elegance, antique religious icons and so much more. Visit at

Photo/Chris: D'Ette Cole

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Win It Before You Can Buy It!

Why wait until October to get your hands on the new book, "Midwest Modern"? Urban Prairie friend Amy Butler has sent an advance, signed copy of her newest release "Midwest Modern; A Fresh Design Spirit for the Modern Lifestyle" to Chris for a Urban Prairie/Amy Butler giveaway. This complete lifestyle book, encompassing fashion, interiors, and gardens - a must have for Amy Butler fans.

To enter, simply post your name and email address here. A drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25th and the winner announced on Sunday, Aug. 26th. The winning name will be chosen the old fashion, name pulled out of a cowboy hat way. Good Luck!

Photo excerpts by David Butler, from "Midwest Modern"

Friday, August 17, 2007

Twice a year, off highway 290, the small town of Warrenton, Texas grows by thousands of people searching for that next fix. Experience three days of that hunt, shot and edited in a way that only Chris Brown can bring you. Coming 2008.

Stay tuned for details on how you can be a part.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rural Contemporary Style

Emily Martin of the ultra hip fashion blog SOME GIRLS WANDER BY MISTAKE displays her rural contemporary style with the new Urban Prairie "Alt-Country Style+Design" tee. The Athens, Georgia artist not only writes about fashion with a twist but documents with really cool self portrait photos. This multi-talented fashion plate also produces beautiful, edgy paintings, available at Inside A Black Apple.

Urban Prairie tees, with the grassroots tagline "Alt-Country Style+Design". Available in Small, Medium & Large - Vintage white only.

$25.00 each, shipping included.
Email your order to:

Saturday, August 11, 2007


NEW! Urban Prairie tees, with the grassroots tagline "Alt-Country Style+Design". Available in Small, Medium & Large - Vintage white only. Ultra soft feel. Set-in collar and hems are grinded for distressed, worn in look.

$25.00 each, shipping included.
Email your order to: or comment here. PayPal welcome.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Promotional Postcard

New promotional postcards to be used by the Urban Prairie DIRT ROAD TEAM. For more information on the DIRT ROAD TEAM and how you can join this grassroots effort and spread the Urban Prairie vibe, email

Monday, August 6, 2007

UP Online Zine Survey:

If Chris was to produce a quarterly, online Urban Prairie 'zine, what would you like to see in it?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Chris showed up as a "guest blogger" on a number of designer/collector/dealer sites this week. In each, Chris touched on such topics as Inspiration, odd collections, his upcoming book "Crack Heads", his alt-country style and tattoos.

Check them out at:

The blog of Patty Van Dorin. Patty provided the great shot of the rusted Texas farm license plate, used in this months header.

Rebecca Sower's "OUT OF HAND" designer blog

Theresa Cano's dealer blog

Big Urban Prairie fan, Jenny Roesner's prairie blog.

Look for more guest spots in the coming weeks. Stay blogged-in.