Mike Dacey is a young guy, but sadly a member of a dying breed. Mike’s a Press Man in the truest sense. That’s a job that has slowly faded away in the face of faster, cheaper printing alternatives, leaving artisans like Mike to keep this soulful art form alive. In a warehouse in Somerville, MA, he runs Repeat Press, his 7 year old printing press company.
Enjoy a slideshow of our visit after the jump.
There are no laser or inkjet printers, just a lot of wooden type, some polymer plates, and a few machines that would make an OSHA inspector faint. Gear Patrol made a trip over to his workshop the other week at The Fringe Movement to see his press work first-hand and do a limited edition print on Mike’s Vandercook SP-20 press. Though we’re already big fans of printing and letterpress work (see Gear Patrol’s business cards & stationary), we came away with a great appreciation for the labor-intensive and painstaking process of press printing. The process of printing with wooden type, as we did for our limited edition poster, takes skill, but also a large helping of guess and check. Our finished product was a very short run of Mad Men-inspired posters, a few of which this author printed himself.
Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to snag one of the posters soon.