Tell us about yourself:
I grew up all over California but mostly on the Monterey Bay Peninsula. I moved to San Francisco right after high school in 2004, to attend San Francisco State University, initially as a Geology major but then switched to Printmaking. I eventually transferred to San Francisco Art Institute, where I mostly focused on etching and painting. I've been screen printing since I was about nineteen, but my real printmaking career started when I was fifteen, bootlegging punk shirts with stencils and spray paint.
1) What is your position at DODOcase and what do you do on a daily basis?
I manage the printshop at DODOcase where my duties include screen printing book cloth patterns and custom logos, foil stamping cases, and monogramming custom names and initials. I also help out in the bindery when they need me. Printmaking and bookmaking are closely tied.
2 )What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
I love working with my hands, and problem-solving. Printmaking teaches you to come at the problem from many different angles and is also a lesson in patience and humility - just when I think I'm getting comfortable, there is always some new variable that I hadn't taken into account.
3) What are your hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work I play music and make a lot of art. I have an album out on a local record label and have been playing shows pretty often. I also do a lot of screen printing for fellow bands and friends.
4) Tell us the most interesting fact about you?
I wrestled a bear when I was 12 years old. My father said, "Son, you can't be a true man until you've pinned a grizzly and stared into its cold eyes."
5) What's your favorite DODOcase product?
I like the card and cash wallet. I've had one for a few years and get compliments on it all the time.
6) Best monogram you've ever gotten from a customer?
"stay gold ponyboy"