"You ain’t got nuthin’ on me".
I did a visit to the print shop of my friend Brian Garner at Litho Shop in Baltimore. Brian was doing the Tamarind program in Albuquerque while I was at UNM. Great guy, full of good stories. And he’s got a well loved and super shop.
That shot of the floor of shop shows little rings that were from industrial spools of thread. The incredible warehouse was originally a garment factory. And yes, that is a small garage door the goes out onto a causeway. Beautiful space.
Just found this post by Jeff Dell. He came by the shop a few weeks ago. Man that seems like a long time ago…and it just happened. The opposite of how I feel about moving into this space. It’s been five years, but it seems like yesterday. Now that I am leaving, these photo’s are extra special to me. Thanks dude, for a great time talking with you for the afternoon.
After six months of talks and planning, Litho Shop will be closing it’s doors in Baltimore at the end of the month and joining forces with Bill Fick’s Super Graphic in Durham, NC. We will be publishing, contract printing and offering workshops. I want to thank everyone that has been involved and supported the shop for the past 10 years.
Other than incredible local, national and international artist that have stepped foot in here, these folks come to mind as people I want to thank: Kim Michalac, Aron Fay, Ruth Bowler, Ariane Clarke (my beautiful woman), John Bohl, Shannon LaRue, Rei Lem, Lauren Brick, Kat Stankewicz, Mary & Steve from Typecast Press, Alpha Graphics, Perry, Emily Smith, Richard Burnham, Bill Downey, Dan Welden, Maddy Horan, Kimmy Fung, my landlords, The BMA, Bill Fick, Isabelle Geiger, Calvin Custen, Tonia Matthews, JD Monney, Michael Rettig, shopcats Vinny, and Duncan. Sorry if I left anyone out, which I am sure I did.
Litho Shop’s name will be dropped, and Super Graphic will take it’s place. I’ll keep everyone who gives a shit posted! Oh, and my tumblr will remain the way it is…stupid, immature, and exciting work!!!!
I take great pleasure watching people do what they do for a living. This is no exception….so beautifully and effortlessly executed.
Diggin’ up some history. My friend Ramsay, a printmaker /artist/instructor here in Baltimore, was gardening and found a litho stone that was part of a retaining wall in his yard.
My guess it was an artist who was so embarrassed by his drawing, that he buried it as far into the earth as he could. How many times have you felt like that?????!!!! “I ain’t grainin’ this shit again, I think I’ll just hind it….two feet under”!
When I was working at MICA years ago, a similar situation happened. A dude was digging a new foot path in his yard, and discovered six beautiful gray stones that he then donated to the print shop. Never know what you’ll find.