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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tattoo Gift Certificate Special

Stop in Iron Heart Tattoo in Des Moines and take advantage of this holiday sale. Get a $100 Joshua Bowers Gift Certificate for $80! This offer is valid through Christmas and can be redeemed anytime after December 25th. If you can't make it in Iron Heart you can email Joshua to purchase,, or check his website soon for online purchasing,

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale on Etsy!

It's official... Holiday shopping has begun! To kick off the season I am offering 20% off plus free shipping in the United States on all of the apparel in the Acanthus Etsy store. The sale will begin this Sunday the 28th at 5pm and end Monday at midnight. To receive this special deal just enter the coupon code CYBERMONDAY at check out. Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Promenade in the East Village

Tomorrow night, December 19th, is the annual Holiday Promenade in the East Village. This will be a first for Vitae and we have been busy preparing. There are a lot of new warm and cozy items in the store! Along with warm clothes we will have some yummy food courtesy of Hu Hot in Ankeny and some holiday treats. We will also have the Conley Brothers (my little bros) playing us some old time music later in the evening. All of the stores will be open and offering treats and/or entertainment. There will also be festive caroling, horse and carriage rides, fireworks and ice skating!

We hope to see everyone out in the East Village tomorrow night!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gift Ideas: Books and Tattoos!

A few months ago my 1st book was published. Busy Bee contains 80 pages of original artwork! This would be a great gift for the tattoo or art enthusiast in your life. It is available for purchase at Iron Heart in Des Moines and on my website,

I also have gift certificates available at Iron Heart that can be redeemed for tattoos, art prints, books and apparel. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate online you can email me at

Saturday, October 16, 2010

For the Birds!

Joshua's art show and Vitae's 2 year Anniversary party were amazing! Thanks to everyone that attended and that have supported our venture for the last 2 years! I wanted to share a few photos from the event. Joshua still has some of the paintings for sale so if your interested you can email him at

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Old Photos

Here are a few old photos I just ran across.

Photo from Juice Magazine promoting our first fashion show, Catalyst State.

Joshua is always working on something... this is his tattoo convention banner.

Otto and Daphne, 2 of our 3 little dogs.

New Stores!

Starting in October you will be able to buy Acanthus Apparel at 2 new locations in the midwest!

As early as next week Acanthus t-shirts will be available at the Conception Gallery in Saint Joseph, Michigan. It's a great tattoo studio/ art gallery that's owned by our good friend Zaq Weaver.

By the end of October Acanthus will have an array of items at the Queen City Emporium in Springfield, Missouri. Super cute store in a trendy area of Springfield that sells artisan handmade goods and supplies.

So if your in either of those areas please stop in and check out the new apparel and all of the other fantastic items available.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Brand New Acanthus at Vitae

This is the new Acanthus mens military coat. It also has a screenprint on the sleeve and some red detailing at the bottom. Its $90 and available in medium and large.

Super comfy burnout shirts and the new rosette design!

Joshua's Art Show at Vitae

Well, it's time to get off my suntanned be-hind (we're being hypothetical here) and get acclimated to the brisk Fall schedule taking shape before us. First of all, Happy Birthday to us! It's been 2 years since we officially opened the doors at Vitae & we're so happy that not only can our little town can support a concept store like ours, the Indie scene is THRIVING! I mean look at Market Day...geeze, kudos everybody.

Come have some cake already. Just like last year, our anniversary co-incides with Art Stop - so while here, you can take in some cultcha and enjoy the Artwork of Joshua Bowers. We're excited to bring you this powerful exhibit and show everyone what some of us know...he's immensely talented and very funny once he's had a few. Seriously.

-Article by Julie Punelli from the Vitae newsletter

Acanthus Photo Shoot with La Bella Photography

Karla Conrad with La Bella Photography recently did a photo shoot with some of our apparel. She did a wonderful job and so did the models, Chantell Moody, Joelle Blanchard and Jake Blomberg.

Vitae's in the East Village!

Vitae relocated to the East Village this past March. The new space is beautiful and the location is great!