You may not think of yourself as an art collector, but if you’re one of those people who carefully pries the staples out of the gig poster as soon as the band’s started playing, you just might be. The difference between a silk-screened concert poster and an art print made using the same humble technique can be pretty negligible–what it comes down to, as local screen printer Dan Grzeca puts it, is that “for some reason when you don’t have a band name on there, it’s more expensive.”

Screen printing, as another local artist, Rob Doran, notes, “is for the proletariat.” Not only is it cheap to buy, but it’s easy to learn and inexpensive to do. Chicago’s local screen-printing scene is extremely healthy–tons of bands plus relatively affordable studio space equals lots and lots of poster work. But there’s something else going on too, a camaraderie and collegiality that foster the art. Almost every artist I talked to for this feature pointed me enthusiastically to several others–apparently they’re all in a mutual admiration club, of which the de facto president is undoubtedly Steve Walters of Screwball Press.

Walters, who started printing in 1991, has used his shop to nurture a whole community of screen printers. Many of his disciples have moved on to teach or start their own studios; in particular Jay Ryan, current vice president of the American Poster Institute and proprietor of the Bird Machine, has mentored many younger artists. Anyone who goes through Walters’s six-to-eight-hour Screwball Academy program can continue to use the space to print in perpetuity–and several of the established names here still do.

Though this roundup of 17 artists and studios isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it’s a representative sample of this thriving community. You can see more work by many of them this weekend at two big screen-printing shows: artists from all over the country, including a handful from Chicago, will have gig posters for sale at Flatstock 13, a poster convention hitched to the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park (see our pullout guide in Section 3), and an overlapping group of artists will be featured at “Posters Schmosters,” a companion exhibit of noncommercial work opening Friday at the Butcher Shop. “I know it sounds hokey,” says Ryan, “but as we become more and more bombarded by perfectly Photoshopped ads and shiny Web pages, e-mails, magazines, and newspaper inserts, I think people are beginning to appreciate even more the fact that here in this screen-printed poster is an image created imperfectly by a person who left their fingerprints and a couple smudges in the ink.”

NICK BUTCHER

dba Sonnenzimmer

printing since 2001; moved to Chicago in 2003.

specialties Posters, art prints, artist books, record covers

collaborators Shares a studio and sometimes collaborates with his girlfriend, Nadine Nakanishi. “We both see each other’s stuff in every stage and are pretty hard on each other.”

describe your style. “Handmade, improvisational, minimal, constructed, dated. . . . Big image, little type.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Jay Ryan has been my mentor since before I moved to Chicago. I interned with him when I was in school and he was a huge influence on my early posters and prints. He’s a huge supporter in so many ways. . . . It’s been so awesome seeing Mat Daly come into his own over the last five years. He’s the best printer I know. He does things I’ve never seen anybody do, ever. I have no idea how Dan Grzeca makes his prints. He is truly a madman. It’s been great seeing Nadine figure out screen printing. I’m jealous of her typographic skills and her focus. Steve Walters–sort of the grand pooh-bah of the community–has helped so many people get started and has been producing quality stuff of his own for a long time. Billy and Jason from Delicious Design League consistently make really nice stuff.”

clients Third Coast International Audio Festival, Metro, Longbox Recordings

gallery shows Foundation Gallery (now in LA), Judy A. Saslow Gallery, TAG in Nashville

where to buy Sonnenzimmer’s Web site

prices Posters cost $30. “We try to keep things affordable. We also try to pay rent.”

on the web sonnenzimmer.com, nickbutcher.net

BILLY BAUMANN & JASON TEEGARDEN-DOWNS

DBA Delicious Design League

printing since “We became an official taxpaying partnership in January 2006,” says Teegarden-Downs, “but Billy started making screen-printed posters for his old band, the Civilized Age, in January 2003.”

specialties “We work mainly with screen printing posters and T-shirts, or at least that’s what we’re known for, but we do any and all kinds of design and illustration for a large range of clients.”

collaborators “We will collaborate with other poster artists on occasion but mostly Billy does the design and I do the printing, client services, scheduling, running around, and everything else.”

describe your style. “Our ‘style’ I hope would be that of no style at all. We strive to design and solve problems according to our clients’ needs. Other than that we try to ‘push the envelope,’ ‘think outside the box,’ ‘challenge ourselves,’ ‘be thoroughly modern,’ and all that crap, but seriously.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Chicago is filled with so many poster artists it’s awesome. What’s even more awesome is that no artist here tries to rip off or bite anyone else’s style, and everyone is very supportive and helpful of one another. As for the list of designers I admire here . . . the short list would be Nick and Nadine at Sonnenzimmer, Dan Grzeca, Keith Herzik, Mat Daly, and Diana Sudyka, but most importantly Steve Walters. His shop is responsible for our career and many, many others here–I’m pretty sure there’s no place on earth that has a studio for printers available like his is. Without Steve the poster scene here would be no scene at all.”

clients “For our poster work we’ve designed stuff for all sorts of bands, clubs, promoters, art galleries, design firms, book fairs, retail giants, charitable organizations, and more. Mentioning a few: Metro, Empty Bottle, Schubas, Live Nation, Urban Outfitters, XLR8R Magazine, Jane, Poetry, Pelican, the 1900s, Gomez, Alla, Ben Kweller.”

gallery shows Acme Art Works, First Amendment Arts in Minneapolis, Middle Tennessee State University, Shaw’s Gallery in Saint Louis, “and probably some more.”

where to buy On the Web site

prices Posters are $20.

on the web Deliciousdesignleague.com

MAT DALY

printing since 1999, when he started working at Jay Ryan’s shop, the Bird Machine

specialties Posters, art prints, painting

collaborators “I print 90 percent of Jay Ryan’s work; otherwise I pretty much work alone.”

describe your style. “Semiabstract. Deeply layered transparent colors. Time-consuming and obsessive.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Jay Ryan, Nick Butcher, Nadine Nakanishi, Dan Grzeca, Kathleen Judge, Dan MacAdam. I mean, seriously, look at their work.”

clients MOMA, Lincoln Center, Renegade Craft Fair, Metro, “various bands and rock clubs”

gallery shows Green Lantern, Elizabeth Paige Smith in Venice, California

where to buy His Web site; also “coming soon” to Renegade Handmade, a boutique the founders of the Renegade Craft Fair are opening at 1924 W. Division

prices $10-$60 for posters, up to $400 for art prints

on the web matdaly.com

ETHAN D’ERCOLE

dba Ethan D’Ercole

printing since “I started designing silk-screen posters in 2000, but I’ve been doing the Kinko’s DIY poster thing since the late 80s.”

specialties Concert posters, album covers. “I’m about to start doing some art prints. Dan [MacAdam] has been pushing me to do something.”

collaborators “Dan MacAdam at Crosshair prints the posters.”

describe your style. “I draw and design the posters, then hand cut the color separations on ‘ruby lith,” which functions like a photo negative for creating a silk screen. It’s kind of an antiquated way of doing things. I usually only have a poster budget that allows for two to three colors, max, with the color of the paper becoming another color in the mix. An effect of color economy is spaciousness and clarity–I like the images to be legible from long distances. Most of my posters include people enjoying or abusing architecture or occupying strange spaces.”

any local screen printers you admire? “My favorite poster artists are Keith Herzik, Dan MacAdam, Evan Sult, and Judge. I’m always inspired by their designs and try to collect everything they do. Keith is a silk-screen alchemist; his posters are electrical and painterly, and somehow silk-screened. I can’t figure out how he does them.”

clients “Whoever will have me. Mostly my bands Watchers and Mannequin Men, but also U.S. Maple, the Dials, WHPK and the University of Chicago, James Chance, Startime International Records.”

gallery shows “Chicago Posters” group show at the Chicago Tourism Center

where to buy E-mail boogaloo2k@hotmail.com

prices “If I don’t give ’em away, they usually sell for between $5 and $15.”

ROB DORAN

dba Wound Crust Chicago

specialties Fine-art posters, hand-dyed and -printed textiles

printing since “I’ve been making show flyers since I was 14 but I printed my first poster in 1999.”

collaborators “Recently I’ve collaborated on art stuff with [Portland artist] Jessie Rose Vala and [local artist] Justin Schaefer. My friend Matteah Baim turns my textiles into great dresses and bags. And I can usually get kind brothers like Butchy Fuego and Dirk Knibbe to help with printing and changing the record on the stereo.”

describe your style. “Aztec biker style.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Alex Valentine and Dirk Knibbe rule. Plus artist Wrik Repasky, who works a lot with screen printing, and Jay Ryan got me excited and taught me a ton and were so generous with their time and knowledge when I wanted to get started.”

clients “I haven’t done much commercial printing in a while–mostly posters for Pit Er Pat, the band I play in–but in the past I’ve done stuff for Pelican, Dead Meadow, 90 Day Men, and Milemarker.”

gallery shows V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Orphanage Gallery (now Found Gallery) in LA, Co-Prosperity Sphere

where to buy “I’ve got a studio spot in Humboldt Park and this store in Brooklyn called Minimini Market sells some clothes that I make.” For an appointment e-mail bahdoe@hotmail.com.

prices “Show posters are usually sold at gigs for between $5 and $10. Clothes and bags around $40. Fine-art prints and one-of-a-kind works can be inquired about through my site or V1 Gallery in Copenhagen.”

on the web robdoran.blogspot.com

DAN GRZECA

dba “Ninety-nine percent of the time I go by my name, but I print out of my shop, Ground Up.”

printing since “Ten, 11 years ago.”

specialties Art prints, concert posters

collaborators “I have a really close association with . . . Mat Daly, Nick Butcher, Nadine Nakanishi, Diana Sudyka, Jay Ryan. I wasn’t doing all my own printing at the beginning. Steve Walters did it.”

describe your style. “Lazily expressionistic at times, somewhat irreverent, somewhat dark. I try to apply the perspective of being a painter to being a printmaker. I’m a very hands-on person. With screen printing I try to make posters look as tactile as possible.”

any local screen printers you admire? “One of the benefits of being in Chicago is not only is there a wealth of talented artists doing screen printing, they’re also really great people. I love everybody . . . everyone is seriously so badass. But I don’t want to skip Steve Walters. If it wasn’t for him we’d all be making punk rock flyers. We’d have no idea what a squeegee was.”

clients Ken Vandermark, the Melvins, High on Fire, Pelican, Black Keys, Peter Brotzmann, Schubas

gallery shows Foundation (“wish they were still in Chicago”), Giant Robot in New York, Cyt O

where to buy At his Etsy store: jetsah.etsy.com

prices Posters run $25-$30, art prints $40-$75.

on the web dangrzecaart.blogspot.com

KEITH HERZIK

printing since 1995, a couple years before he moved to Chicago from Texas

specialties “Album covers and stuff, art-show posters.”

collaborators “I been correspondin’ recently with Steve Cerio–dude in New York who’s done a bunch of Residents posters–and Zeloot in Holland. She does some really wild stuff; plannin’ on doin’ some collaborations with her. I got some other foreign friends I like doin’ art books with: Jelle Crama in Belgium and Bongout in Berlin.”

describe your style “I draw a lot of animals–dogs, kitties, alligators, froggies, horsies, funny lookin’ humanoid people with ugly teeth. I like bright fluorescent colors, drawin’ slightly naughty things.

I am the guy that prints stuff a little out of register. . . . I usually draw it that way too–that’s my style. It’s all by hand too, drawin’ and paintin’ on the films and stuff.”

any local screen printers you admire? “I admire Steve Walters as a local artist and human being. Man, he has hooked up a lot of folks here in town by giving them a place to print stuff. Yowza–you can’t throw a rock without hittin’ a screen printer anymore–this town has a shitload of talent.”

clients “I did the newest WHPK shirt–it’s got a radio-faced doggie on it. I did one of their shirts like six years ago too, which had a six-armed mutant dinosaur alien dude. I just did a really cool Submarine Races poster–I like doin’ art for them.”

gallery shows “Had some Butcher Shop shows, a Cultural Center thing, Rainbo a while ago–that was a hoot. I’m in a group show at the Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center called ‘Brown River’ right now. The openin’ was July 4th–there was a girl in her underwear dancin’ in the street, and John Bellows played. It was a damn good time.”

where to buy “At the beginning of this year I set up a fun little print shop in the basement of my apartment in Humboldt Park.” For an appointment e-mail eye1man@hotmail.com or call 773 278-6209.

prices Posters cost about $20.

on the web “Keithherzik.com needs to be updated.”

KATHLEEN JUDGE

dba “People call me Judge. Judgeworks is my Web site, which I usually stamp on back of prints.”

printing since “I’ve been making posters and flyers since 2000 and screen printing since about 2002.”

specialties Concert posters

collaborators None, “unless you count where I print. Much of the actual printing I do is at Screwball Press.”

describe your style. “Most posters are made of images on scratchboard–a material that mimics woodcut–which I then turn into silk-screened posters. Scratchboard is a black-and-white medium so I try to take advantage of that by keeping the silk-screen image and colors bold.”

any local screen printers you admire? “I admire the entire Chicago print scene. I’ve had opportunity, through work, to travel to many U.S. cities and I have to say Chicago has one of the strongest poster art communities. By community I mean not only the artists making the posters but also the bands and venues who value the art enough to hire the artists. The people going to shows absolutely have an understanding and appreciation for the posters too.”

clients The Hideout, Schubas, Marfa Ballroom, Califone, Howe Gelb, Jon Rauhouse, Low Skies, Kelly Hogan, Neko Case

gallery shows “Currently: Flatstock, the group show of Flatstock participants at the Butcher Shop, Delta Axis at Marshall Arts gallery in Memphis. Past: Cyt O. Gallery on the south side, solo poster show at South Union Arts, Juniortown in Pilsen, Three Bros. Auto, Heaven Gallery.”

where to buy Her Web site (though she’s not processing orders from June through September)

prices Posters run $20-$50.

on the web judgeworks.com

ANGEE LENNARD

dba Spudnik Press

printing since “I have been working on setting up a shop since August and celebrated the official grand opening this June.”

specialties Art prints. In addition to silk-screening, she does lithographs, etchings, and relief prints.

collaborators “Nope. It’s just me. Spudnik Press does have co-op members that donate time in the shop in exchange for printing privileges.”

describe your style. “As far as screen printing goes, I usually do everything by hand–no photographic images–and use a lot of transparencies, layering up many, many colors. Much of my work is interactive. I printed miniature Taste of Chicago tickets for a show called ‘Baby Chicago.’ I have a series of prints that has turn cranks, pulleys, magnets, and springs. I like to encourage people to touch and use art. It shouldn’t be held up on a pedestal. It should be approachable.”

any local screen printers you admire? “There are some impressive posters around town, but because I don’t print band posters I feel a little out of the loop.”

clients “I have printed postcards for Lloyd Dobler Gallery. . . . Spudnik Press is just getting its feet planted and is looking for printers–any medium–to come use the space. We have open studio nights on Mondays and are working on setting up the first class, which just so happens to be silk-screening.”

gallery shows Butcher Shop, Heaven Gallery, Carl Hammer, Green Lantern, the Beverly Arts Center

where to buy Spudnik Press, 847 N. Paulina, is open to the public Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-11 PM, and by appointment; call 773-715-1473.

prices Prints run $40-$200.

on the web spudnikpress.com

DAN MacADAM

dba Crosshair

printing since 1996

specialties Concert and event posters, artist prints and editions, CD and record sleeves, “anything flat.”

collaborators “We started as a four-man outfit, but these days I do the lion’s share of the design and production. From time to time I am backed up by an assistant, and Crosshair cofounder Tom Colley can frequently be sighted at Flatstock and other events.”

describe your style. “Crosshair posters often–but not always–draw heavily on photography as a source for our images. Many of my most easily recognized posters are heavily layered, photorealistic prints of buildings and landscapes. I’m influenced by the urban environment, Chicago itself, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Roger Dean, and Hipgnosis, among other things. Typically, a poster designer will seek to make their work jump off the wall at the viewer–I try to make the viewer fall into the poster.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Steve Walters, who planted the seed and nurtured it.”

clients Tortoise, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Trans Am, Oneida, Songs: Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co., Thrill Jockey, Forge Again Records, Metro, the Frames, Schubas, Double Door, MP Shows, the Shipping News, Iron & Wine, Calexico, North Mississippi Allstars, Tristeza, Radio Birdman

gallery shows “No ‘respectable’ ones, but who needs them? Our work has been shown solo and in groups, in bars, store windows, DIY/indie art spaces, community-supported art centers, and poster-specific events and tacked to apartment walls across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.”

where to buy Crosshair, 1319 W. Lake; for an appointment call 312-666-6944.

prices “Free if you snatch one down from a board-up or phone pole.” Otherwise “Crosshair posters are typically priced between $15 and $40.”

on the web crosshairchicago.com

NADINE NAKANISHI

dba Sonnenzimmer

printing since 2004

specialties “Hand-printed posters; a lot of my imagery derives from paintings I work on.”

collaborators Nick Butcher

describe your style. “Handmade, abstract, minimal, constructive, with an emphasis on distinct type.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Jay Ryan for the amount of output he does, the focus he maintains for his work, and for his engagement in the printing community. Mat Daly’s an artist that is using printmaking as his medium–his visual language offers me again and again inspiration. Keith Herzik because of the freshness and humor he maintains in his work. Diana Sudyka for her illustration skills. Nick Butcher because of his intuitive methodological approach to bringing a print together–his abstract visuals that have a great aesthetic and yet are accessible. Billy Baumann’s savvy in translating his design skills. Steve Walters is this fantastic person that is responsible for a great part in making Chicago the place it is for printing. And all the active printmakers that keep pushing out work and create this beautiful push and pull that keeps everyone going.”

clients Metro, Tim Daisy, Till by Turning, Orso

gallery shows LumbArt/the Splat Flats; Middle Tennessee State University’s Todd Gallery; Station21 in Zurich, Switzerland; Budget Gallery in San Francisco

where to buy Sonnenzimmer’s Web site

prices Posters are $30.

on the web sonnenzimmer.com, yoneko.net

AAY PRESTON-MYINT

dba The Ice Grill

printing since “I’ve been screen printing since before I moved here, in 2003.”

specialties Textile design, posters, T-shirts, apparel

collaborators “Not right now, though I generally enjoy working with other people. I used to collaborate doing live-action screen printing with Myles Smutney-Hyde but then she flew away to Philadelphia . . . sniffle.”

describe your style. “Bubble dripping manic hairshirt crystals.”

any local screen printers you admire? “It’s funny, I barely know a lot of my fellow printers’ work. Maybe that’s because I do a lot of work with textiles and other media. I’m into Ryan Duggan’s posters–they’re very playful and have some nice line work. Anya Davidson–her Mylar prints are fucked up and dirty. I’ve actually been curious about having more of a network among the younger set of printmakers coming up in the city, and it seems to be happening bit by bit. I’m about to open a studio with a bunch of other screen printers and fiber artists in Pilsen.”

clients “Mostly my friends and their bands, Texas Ballroom when I lived there back in the day, my dad.”

gallery shows Reversible Eye, Mess Hall, Gallery 400, assorted Version festivals, All Rise, “Art Shanty Projects,” a group installation on a frozen lake in Minnesota. “Currently I’ve got a solo show at Suzanne Cummings in Lincoln Park and I’ll be showing at Heaven come winter. I’m thinking lotsa wallpaper and printed soft sculpture–it’s gonna be sick.”

where to buy “Right now I work out of my home and you can catch me printing live on the street or at openings and parties here and there. I sometimes sell my stuff at Depart-Ment if I get it together enough.”

prices Art prints and posters $25-$75, recycled clothing $5-15, new garments $20 and up

on the web illcutyou.com/aay

JAY RYAN

dba The Bird Machine

printing since “I started working with Steve Walters at Screwball Press late in 1995 and started the Bird Machine in my basement early in 1999.”

specialties “Usually posters, occasionally strange little hand-printed items.”

collaborators “One of the smartest things I ever did was to hire friends to help me out. Mat Daly has been printing with me since 1999 and making his own work when I’m not using the press. Kevin Duneman has been running the office and doing mail order since about 2003, and Sue Demel is a part-time general helper and organizer around the shop. I hired my dad, Jack, to run the mail order this past January, which has turned out great. Diana Sudyka, my wife, works on her own prints and gives me lots of bad ideas, right when I need them. We have shared space with Punk Planet for the last five years, and while they haven’t been directly involved in our poster printing, they’ve been half of our immediate community and good friends. They will be missed, now that the magazine is closing and they’re going different directions.”

describe your style. “Dirty and childish. Colorful, like mold.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Most of them. Two favorites, though. Steve Walters, of course, for being the godfather of the Chicago poster makers. . . . He taught me most of what I know about making posters. Keith Herzik has been printing about as long as I have and has the craziest, most individual style. Technically, his prints don’t look too hot at first, but the way he layers color and the movement and humor in his work is extraordinary. He makes posters that are completely his own and completely grab your attention.”

clients Andrew Bird, Shellac, Built to Spill, the Decemberists, the Melvins, Fugazi, and hundreds of others. “Sometimes I get to do weird jobs like book covers [Michael Chabon’s The Final Solution] or gigantic billboards [for Converse] that hang for way too long.”

gallery shows Feinkunst Kruger in Hamburg, Germany; Richard Goodall in Manchester, England; Foundation Gallery, formerly in Chicago, now in Los Angeles; OKOK in Seattle; and others. “Also, I have been involved in every Flatstock convention so far, since 2002.”

where to buy On his Web site; also at the soon-to-open Renegade Handmade store on Division

prices Posters and prints run $20-$30.

on the web thebirdmachine.com

JOHN SOLIMINE

dba Spike Press

printing since 2001

specialties Concert posters

collaborators “I always rely on advice from friends when designing, and until recently, I also printed everything myself, but I have used both Screwball and Delicious to print some of my last few jobs for me. I still plan to print smaller runs but I’ll leave the bigger jobs to those guys.”

describe your style. “A frothy brew of children’s-book illustration from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, UPA cartoons, and Marvel comics.”

any local screen printers you admire? “Delicious Design League, Crosshair, everyone at the Bird Machine, Screwball–all doing great work and all nice folks to boot.”

clients “Metro, Schubas, MP Shows, Lumpen Times, GLOW magazine (it’s the Canadian version of Allure magazine here, but at first I thought it was for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), Leo Burnett, Draft FCB, the National.”

gallery shows Gold Star, Country Club Chicago, the Goodfoot in Portland, Art Center of South Florida Gallery, ArtsPlace in Lexington, Kentucky

where to buy His Web site

prices Posters run $15-$25.

on the web spikepress.com

DIANA SUDYKA

printing since “I have worked as an artist on and off in Chicago for about 12 years.”

specialties Concert posters, etchings, watercolor painting, book illustration, “getting ink on my clothes, under my fingernails, printing the last color on a poster only to realize I have misspelled the name of the club or band.”

collaborators “My husband, Jay Ryan, is usually around at just the right moment to suggest a bad idea.”

describe your style. “I have a pretty organic sensibility. I come from a fine-art and illustration background, so I am not a graphic designer. Computers and digital images don’t figure in too much. It’s lots of line drawing: brushwork, pen, pencil, and a strong narrative element. My style is informed by other illustrators I admired growing up–Maurice Sendak, for one–and scientific, natural-history illustration.”

any local screen printers you admire? Dan Grzeca, Mat Daly, Crosshair, and Screwball Press. Mat and Dan have backgrounds in painting and other media and they have been able to translate the aesthetic of their painting into screen prints very successfully. Steve Walters runs Screwball and was doing this way before any of us. I had Steve’s posters gracing my walls long before I ever touched a squeegee. Dan MacAdam of Crosshair has been doing many posters that are images of big industrial landscapes and buildings from throughout the city. It’s a really clean, smart aesthetic, and I like that he makes use of his surroundings.”

clients The Decemberists, the Melvins, Low, Andrew Bird, Feist, Edith Frost, the Walkmen, Ken Vandermark, Metro, Schubas, House of Blues, Live Nation, EMI

gallery shows “Don’t show much in Chicago these days. I was just in a show at Giant Robot in NYC. I will be having a show with Jay Ryan in October at Seattle’s OKOK Gallery, and in December at Manchester’s Richard Goodall Gallery.”

where to buy On her Web site

prices Posters and prints run $20-$40.

on the web dianasudyka.com

CARRIE VINARSKY

dba “I call it Mister City Press, although I never label my posters with this or any other alias.”

printing since 2003, but “I got my setup going here at Mister City about a year ago. It’s the basics: table clamps, a giant homemade exposure unit, and pressure washer.”

specialties “For cashola I print on CDs for local acts.” But her passion lies in making posters for shows at Mister City, a live/work/play space she runs with seven other people. “With each poster I try to come up with a fresh theme and a new challenge for me technically. I screen print on a lot of stuff: my bathroom walls, puppet stages, wood, glass, plastics. I love a good screen-printing challenge.”

collaborators “I’m starting to get more people involved with Mister City Press. Beginning this month I am holding a small workshop series to teach others the craft of DIY screen printing.”

describe your style. “I’m really into keeping things lo-fi, hand-drawn, oiled xeroxes, no computers. It’s the opposite of slick. I try to milk the process for all it’s worth and create images that are haunting.”

any local screen printers you admire? “I’m really into what Angee Lennard is doing at Spudnik Press.”

clients Oakeater, Costes, Merle the Mule, and Mister City the venue

gallery shows “Most recently a series of light boxes with images screen printed on the glass in ‘The Show Show’ at 1200 W. 35th Street. I’ve been part of a print exchange with the national museum of Bulgaria and shown work at Diamonds, Reversible Eye, the Big Print Show, and Roots and Culture Contemporary Arts Center.”

where to buy E-mail cvinarsky@yahoo.com.

prices Posters, CDs, and art pieces run $10-$200.

STEVE WALTERS

DBA Screwball Press

printing since 1991

specialties Concert posters

collaborators “I work alone but teach people to print, as well as run my shop as a co-op.”

describe your style. “I’ve had many styles over the years but mainly use ‘found’ art in the style of Duchamp and Terry Gilliam.”

any local screen printers you admire? “I’ve taught most of the local printers how to print, but I admire Jay Ryan and Dan MacAdam for their ability to come up with completely unique and/or original styles in an area where copying successful styles is becoming increasingly popular.”

clients “Too many to list, but this year Wilco, Backstreet International Merchandise, Coudal Partners, Draft, and other agencies have been keeping me busy.”

gallery shows “Again, too many to list, but most recently at the Chicago Bureau of Tourism as part of the Silk Road Project. I also have a few pieces in the ‘Chicago Roots Music’ exhibit at the History Museum.”

where to buy Screwball Press, 4033 N. Rockwell; for an appointment e-mail steve@screwballpress.com.

prices Posters start around $20-$30, but “the price goes up as my stock depletes.”

on the web screwballpress.com