Love Quirks letterpress greeting cards
I’ll be honest. I’m not the most romantic person. I was never drawn to the kind of slushy valentine cards that most shops sell. One valentines day I bought a card with a black & white drawing of a zebra on it, because I simply couldn’t bring myself to buy a cheesy mainstream valentines card. So I wanted to create some designs that were a bit less lovey dovey. A bit more edgy, but still had a loving message.
Robots and androids have always been fascinating to me. When I was about eight, I had a book called ‘Exploring the World of Robots’(1978). One robot concept in particular, fascinated me – Maid Without Tears. I loved the way this robot had an android/female form. I tried to imagine what was going on behind those dark glasses. Robot Love harks back to the 20th century, with its naive and optimistic vision about life in the future i.e. now! Like space exploration in the 60s and 70s, robots and androids were going to be part of everyday life by the time we were adults. Now almost 40 years later, Asimo by Honda and the ISS is about as close as we’ve come to that vision.
Tattoos is another theme we’ve explored at Pop Press. I think there’s been a big change in people’s attitude towards tattoos. They used to be seen as very working class and now they’ve become ubiquitous throughout society. The fact that tattoos are permanent and deteriorate with age does not seem to put some people off. Anyway, I love to see tattoos on people, I’ve just never wanted to have one enough. Our Wife Heart card is inspired by the classic sailor jerry style of tattoos sported by sailors and seamen in the mid 20th century.
The above design celebrates our love of machines. In this case, the classic fruit machine. It’s partly inspired by a trip to Reno, Nevada, whilst travelling in the US. Gambling has also become part of UK culture now that the laws have changed. Witness the advertising on late night TV! The idea of using this destructive addiction to express a love sentiment is interesting to us.
Pop Press is a multicultural partnership. While Steve is half English/German, Ming is Chinese (born and raised in Yorkshire/Lancashire). Using a dragon for a card design seems particularly appropriate as the myth of the dragon is common to both of our cultural heritages. Revered in Chinese culture as a symbol of power and majesty, but feared and loathed in European culture, it’s a passionate symbol of love for someone special. Thanks to Jim Morrison for his help with the headline too!
Illustration of Maid Without Tears and Quasar courtesy of paleofuture.com