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    Default Here goes nothin'...

    Got home from the day gig tonight and climbed online to do the usual checking in on social media thing to decompress some before I get started on some of my own design work. Saw on one of the poster groups on FB a print that was posted by a collector of a recent print release of a very well known designer who I know outsources their printing. The poster is gorgeous and the print quality seems impeccable from what I can see in the picture. I stared at the picture for a long time and out of nowhere was hit by a crushing wave of sobering dismay. I thought to myself, "How the fuck am I supposed to do anything that even resembles that?!" This isn't the first time this has ever happened to me but, for some reason, it landed REALLY fast and hard tonight.

    My story is the same as many of yours, I know from getting to know you online and at Flatstock - I still have a full time day gig, a wife, I'll soon have my first kid, I've had a print studio on the side for 5 years this summer and been designing and printing for quite a bit longer than that. I have a studio with some nice equipment and I feel like I've taking my lumps as we all do in this medium but... When I look at some of these 12 color, 3,000 print runs that are being done and the observe the habits of the collector culture, I sort of feel like I'm pissin' in the wind.

    Not meant to be a pity party and I don't know what to expect as a response. Just wondering if anyone on the print / design side of things might be willing to share their thoughts or if anyone else feels similarly. Thanks in advance.

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    I feel ya, man. I know exactly what you're talking about with Facebook, too. I'm not ever going to have the set up to do a run like that. And even if I could, I don't know that I would want to. In the beginning I was doing more with less mostly because I had to, but it's since turned into a style of mine and something the people that buy from me like about the work I do. Nothing more than 5 color, and it's usually 3 or less, and my runs are almost never over 50. I have a day job, a kid, a pregnant wife. My shop may just be out of my basement, but I'm doing it all by hand and I'm damn proud of the work I'm putting out. I just keep at it with the hopes that one day my particular style of printmaking will be cool enough, I guess.

    Whatever, fuck it. I like what I do. I LOVE what you do. You don't need 12 colors and run of 3000. Just keep on, man.

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    Well speaking as a person others outsource to, print quality is one thing. No you will never be able to match our print quality because that's what we devote ourselves to do and charge accordingly. Yet, it really doesn't matter. What matters is the concept and color execution. We've done plenty of 2 and 3 color prints that are far superior, as far as art goes, to prints with 50+ colors.
    Concept>Style>Color>Execution>Size>Print Run Size IMO.

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    yeah, honestly, i look at those FB groups as scary. i have nothing in common with any of those people. i have never dropped $5k in a single day on posters, and i know i never will. i look at all these amazing artists cranking out unparalleled work and just use it as fuel, i'm not trying to be them, i don't want to be them. i'm just trying to experiment and develop my skills to be better at what i do and relish in the fact that i am having a great time doing all of it by my own hand. f*ck yeah, me! and you!

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    Do yourself a favour, go look at some Warhol prints up close.

    Now look at the price tag and the museums and collections and books written about the guy.

    Technical print quality has nothing to do with it.

    And this 'print collector' culture is modern day baseball card collecting. They judge most things by the dings in the corner.
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    Todo es empezar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andymac View Post


    And this 'print collector' culture is modern day baseball card collecting. They judge most things by the dings in the corner.
    The current print collector culture is scary. I rather have my stuff hanging above the urinal at the Triple Rock than sitting in some of those peoples flat files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rochambo View Post
    The current print collector culture is scary. I rather have my stuff hanging above the urinal at the Triple Rock than sitting in some of those peoples flat files.
    Nice thing about making prints is you can have both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andymac View Post
    And this 'print collector' culture is modern day baseball card collecting. They judge most things by the dings in the corner.
    I'm more mystified by the print maker culture based around catering to the perceived tastes of said collector culture, producing reams of pandering garbage in the forlorn hope that by joining the teeming crowd around that particular tree, an apple will somehow fall into their hands.
    Last edited by crosshair; 07-02-2015 at 04:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crosshair View Post
    I'm more mystified by the print maker culture based around catering to the perceived tastes of said collector culture, producing reams of pandering garbage in the forlorn hope that by joining the teeming crowd around that particular tree, and apple will somehow fall into their hands.
    This right here.

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    ^yeah, what crosshair said. it's annoying to see some of these really skilled artists churn out one pop culture reference poster after another and have the final works be void of any real creativity or innovation. then of course, these guys are selling out runs in a day. harumph.

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