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Color Like Shag

Fans of the eclectic artist can take a turn coloring a Shag drawing created exclusively for Palm Springs Life. Join the fun and post your own colorized version on Instagram.

JIM POWERS Arts & Entertainment, Current Digital

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ILLUSTRATION BY SHAG / COLORING BY SADIE FUNK
How to Color Your Own Palm Springs Life Drawing

Get out your crayons or markers and dabble in creating a colorized version of the official Palm Springs Life drawing by Shag.

To receive the drawing, join the Shag Store Palm Springs email list: shagstore.bigcartel.com/sign-up

On Monday, June 1, Shag will email the Palm Springs Life drawing for you to download, along with other drawings he has created from previous weeks.

Color the Palm Springs Life drawing, and upload it to your Instagram account. Use the hashtags: #palmspringslife #ShagStorePS, and #ShagColoringFun.

Be sure to use the hashtags when you post it.

A random prize will be awarded to a lucky contributor who posts their drawing on Instagram.


Shag gives fans a chance
to be creative from home

Take a look at the Facebook page for the Shag Store in Palm Springs, and you’ll quickly recognize the colorful collection of artwork depicting the mid-mod lifestyle by the iconic artist who also goes by Josh Agle.

Look closer at the comments section, and you’ll see the submitted work of budding Shag artists putting their own colorful spin on the artist’s drawings.

When the coronavirus pandemic broke in mid-March, Shag Store owners Jay Nailor and his wife, MiShell, saw an opportunity to give adults and kids a chance to be like Shag. After registering on the Shag Store website to join their email list, fans receive a PDF drawing by the artist each Monday morning that they can download and color in their own style. Each email also contains all previously released coloring pages.

They are then encouraged to share their finished work on their own social media pages and attach hashtags.

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Fans post their colorings of a Shag drawing on the Palm Springs store’s Facebook page.

“We wanted to be a little part of what people are doing at home,” says Nailor. “With everything going on, people need that break and we realized how really good it was to have Shag around.”

Ever since the Shag store’s 2010 opening in the Uptown Design District of Palm Springs, vintage art fans have snatched up Agle’s delightfully insightful and inspirational illustrations that capture the quintessential Palm Springs lifestyle like no other. The couple also have a Shag Store in West Hollywood.

In a 2019 article talking to Palm Springs Life, Agle said he continues to be surprised at his fans’ passion for his work.

“When I had my very first art show, I didn’t think anyone would buy my paintings, so I painted things I wanted to hang in my own apartment,” he said. “I was given one wall in a tiny coffee house on Santa Monica Boulevard in West L.A. to display my work, and I was able to make five paintings, all of which I was sure I would be bringing home at the end of the show. The five paintings sold the night the show opened, and it began to dawn on me that other people might like the same things I did. That was 23 years ago, and it continues to surprise and delight me that people are still so keen on the work I create.”

Nailor says Shag fans have been happy to share their own coloring of Shag drawings on Facebook. “We’re getting quite a few responses and we appreciate the people who have posted their drawings and put themselves out there,” Nailor says.

The isn’t the first time Shag’s audience has taken on the role of artist. Nailor says the concept got its start when a Shag exhibit appeared at the Comic-Con Museum in San Diego. “They wanted to involve kids and asked Jay to draw up some pages that they could color. The response was overwhelming.”

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