No, Mine! Radio

Announcement: KTQA Presents No, Mine! Radio show hosted by Suzanne Skaar.
Design by Suzanne Skaar, 2022. All rights reserved.

I’m excited to announce that I’m hosting a show for Tacoma’s KTQA low-power radio station on 95.3 FM (Tacoma) and streaming on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. PT starting next week (May 28, 2022). Tune in for an hour of music curated around a different theme each week. If you’re an independent musician and would like your work considered for the program, please send an email to nominestudios@gmail.com, subject “No, Mine! Radio”.

If you buy a dinosaur a coffee …

Then the little dino is going to want a bubble tea… and maybe a vegetarian taco, too.

2D pixel art dinosaur holding a pink bubble tea and eating a taco. Suzanne Skaar, 2021. All rights reserved.

The process of building up a studio and developing a game can be long and lonely. It can especially be challenging as a mom to network through the normal avenues when many are not welcoming of children, and the pandemic has made it more difficult to depend on already limited childcare resources. Thank you everyone has cheered me on and jumped in to help along the way! I am especially grateful for the support received from the Tacoma Artist Initiative Program to focus on building up the environment of the game. [Much of the game’s background art is loosely based on real places in Tacoma, WA.]

Concept work for as yet untitled dinosaur game. “Boop’s” is based on Tacoma’s iconic Bob’s Java Jive. Suzanne Skaar, 2021. All rights reserved.

If you would like to help offset some of the costs of running a small business (business licenses, equipment, software, food …), consider buying a dino a coffee (or a bubble tea, or a taco). I do have a limited run of work up on Redbubble, as well as buttons and stickers ready to be placed in local retail stores.

Random sample of buttons featuring artwork from No, Mine! Studios.
New buttons by Suzanne Skaar, 2022. All rights reserved.

If there is a design on my site that you would like to purchase that is not on Redbubble yet, email nominestudios@gmail.com.

You can also help No, Mine! Studios reach a larger audience by following on these platforms:

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Thank you for your time and support!

Suzanne

Sneak Peek

Here’s a look at the latest progress on the interior of “The Very Diverse Society for Old Dude Bros” from my as yet untitled dinosaur game. Enjoy!

Work in progress: “The Very Diverse Society For Old Dude Bros.” Graphics and sound by Suzanne Skaar, 2020-2022. All rights reserved.

For more content, please like, subscribe, and follow No, Mine! Studios on the following platforms:

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Thank you for your support!

Suzanne

Audio Design

I started adding sound effects into the game engine (Unity) last week. It took me a long time to get into audio design projects, but now that I’m here, I’m having a lot of fun.

Stegos are peeping. Trilobites are shuffling. Volcanoes are blorping.

I could have been blorping volcanoes for decades!

I never felt like I knew enough before I could start, but this approach is backwards. I’ve learned so much more from the actual doing than the researching beforehand. There need to be more spaces for women and girls to fail and be encouraged to move forward anyway.

Video: in game engine clip of black and white dino walking through underground tunnel system past trilobites. Multiple pipes of varying hues (gray, yellow, blue, and orange) are seen in the foreground. The concrete walls lining the tunnel are greenish and braced with rusted orange steel beams.
Graphics and sound by Suzanne Skaar, 2022. All rights reserved.

Game Background Art

Good morning!

As many who follow this site already know, the background art for my as yet untitled dino game is loosely based on real spaces in Tacoma. Of course, since the characters in the game are dinosaurs/ other creatures of the Cretaceous Period (for the most part), some liberties have been taken.

Here are a few examples of what I have been working on. What other local landmarks would you like to see represented?

— Suzanne

Power Lines

An experiment with color balance for this side project.

Photo, power lines near Port of Tacoma. 2022. Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

I had a much longer post, but I deleted it. My heart has been heavy lately, and I don’t want to send direct messages in case they cause issues in the current political climate. Love to my friends in Ukraine and Russia, and those who escaped but left their hearts there. Please stay safe. — Suzanne

New Work on SoundCloud and Bandcamp

Experimental track “In the Foyer with a Candlestick” is up now on SoundCloud and Bandcamp, along with other work from the as yet unreleased EP “And in Time of War.” Check it out and share with friends!

“In the Foyer with a Candlestick” on SoundCloud and Bandcamp. Track artwork by Suzanne Skaar, 2022. All rights reserved.

On a related note for those wondering: I decided to stop pseudo-hiding behind a pseudonym (DJ Living Wage) for the sake of sharing some of my more experimental work. It was funny for a minute, and who knows? Maybe I’ll change my mind again in the future…  But in the meantime, you can find me at suzanneskaar on both sites.

Updates and Gratitude

My goal of getting limited runs of No, Mine! Studios merchandise into stores in Tacoma and Olympia is closer than before. I applied for a reseller permit today, my first button machine is on its way, and I’m finishing up packaging designs to be sent to the printer this weekend.

Getting my business up and running wouldn’t have been possible without support from the Tacoma Arts Commission/ Tacoma Artist Initiative Program, friends and clients who have purchased work over the years, venues who have hosted shows, other artists with whom I have had the privilege of collaborating, and, last but not least, my daughter and co-parent. Thank you all!

For more frequent studio updates, you can follow No, Mine! Studios on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok.

If you would like to offer No Mine! Studios products in your store, please email nominestudios@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Suzanne