I am a stamping fool.
posted: February 15, 2006
I used this one for years, until my wife tactfully reminded me that perhaps young AD's just might not know who the hell Mary Lou Retton is....
I 've collected rubber stamps since the late 70's. Pretty early in my career I started having rubber stamps made from drawings in my sketch books. Not painstakingly rendered drawings, but crude little sketches that showcased my sense of humor. I was never that good at "painstaking" anyway. It was always my view that the more interesting you made and envelope, the more likely the recipient was to open it. Particularly when it came to mailing promo pieces. So I decorated envelopes like crazy and always hand wrote the prospective AD's name in my fanciest script. If my envelope was worthy of an AD's bulliten board, it was the equivalant of the Holy Grail.

But things have changed these days. Direct mail is getting prohibitively expensive and self promotion has shifted to web sites and (God forbid!)blogs. My use of rubber stamps has fallen off abit over the years, but, rest assured, when the time comes to impress a client, and I want to pull out all the stops, I pull out the boxes of rubber stamps.
This was quick sketch in my sketchbook that seemed to resound with alot of illustrators and sympathetic AD's...
Combining stamps is cool too. The Flash Gordon stamp is by some unknown 8 year old from Venice Beach, CA. Add a guitar, and you have my self- portrait....
What it feels like when the phone isn't ringing....
 
5 comments
Mark Matcho February 15, 2006
Great stamps! I used to be into rubber stamps too, in the mid 80s, give or take. I had some catalog of stamps from somewhere- 20-some pages of blurry examples, on crappy newsprint, but there was something really groovy about em. I had a couple made up from my own drawings; I dug one out a few minutes ago, but I don't have any ink pads, so you'll have to take my word for it. I liked the stamps themselves as objects- little antiquated wooden device, weird backwards image and writing, smelling of the ink (which inevitably ended up all over my fingers) etc. Thanks for taking me down memory lane! You kids keep me feeling young!
Robert Zimmerman February 16, 2006
Please add more stamps if time allows, Hal. I have a few that I made myself that I'll post if I ever get off the couch and can stop watching American Idol.
David Bamundo February 17, 2006
you've jogged my memory as well - I had some doodles made into rubber stamps as well - I will unearth them from the daveB archives (my folks place) and post some on my drawger.
Michael Sloan February 17, 2006
This takes me back, too. I used to have rubber stamps made at a place called Copy Cat, on Seventh Ave and 10th street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I sent promo pieces of personal work to clients, and stamped the envelopes - sometimes a few hundred envelopes. It was satisfying, though, getting the feel of the wooden handle and the impression just right. Thinking about it makes me realize how much I rely on a computer now to do this kind of thing. Can I can still get rubber stamps made - my kids would love them - or have they gone the way of the typewriter?
Hal Mayforth February 20, 2006
Michael, I still get stamps made at Granite State Stamps in Manchester, NH. I email them designs and get the finished stamps in a couple of days. I think it's interesting that alot of us used to use stamps quite a bit, but haven't as much lately. Maybe because we're all doing more web based promos rather than targeting AD's with direct mail.I still think stamps are alot of bang for the buck.
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