Thursday, October 21, 2010

Focus On... Man Vs. Ink!

When I was in third grade, we made pop-up books based on our favorite sea creatures. I will never forget the wonder and amazement of turning the page and seeing a squid pop off the page towards me. So, when I saw Man Vs. Ink's pop-up portland post card, I knew I had to see the rest of his shop! Fred, the man behind the magic, has answered my questions, so read on to learn more about Man Vs. Ink!

What kind of mediums do you use and why?
I work mainly with silk screen printing. It was my main focus in school because I love the look of the ink on paper, and have a passion for the process. It allows me to make a large amount of high quality original pieces. That way, I can sell my work to many people and keep my prices down. I like to fit any budget!

What made you decide to sell on etsy?
My girlfriend had much success on etsy, so I decided to check it out! It's great because I have a 24 hour shop accessible from all over the world. Its been easy to use, and I found a great community of diy business people/ artists to interact with. 

Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from my everyday life. I have a passion for simple living and a diy attitude, and appreciation for the small things. I am driven to make work about things I love, to connect with people who share my interests, and inspire people to try the things that make me happy.

What is your favorite music to craft by? 
Anything you can dance to! I like to get my blood pumping, and music helps me get my feet moving and get in a groove. Drum and bass or DJ mix tapes.

When it's cold outside... we still gotta get out there! Its a big wide world!
When I'm hungry... look out! Gimme something fresh and delicious quick, so I can get back to work.

{let's network together!}

When I need a boost... I put on a pot of north west blend. Grind those beans!
I wish I was/were... working from Amsterdam, I'd love to visit or live there.


If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be... a bike. You can ditch your gasoline bill, get in great shape, and see the city from a better perspective.

{time for coffee}

If I could have coffee with anyone, it would be... Obama. I have some ideas Mr. Prez!

What's your favorite piece of your own? 
Start a Revolution. I think that print embodies my true philosophy. We can make a difference if we change our own lives.

What are your favorite blogs/websites right now? 

You can find Man Vs. Ink
on his blog,
on his illustration site,
on twitter,
on flickr,
and on etsy!


  1. oh i've seen his pop up portland card before! love it. that "time for coffee" print is awesome.

  2. that map is beautiful!


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