Welcome to the Twelve Tacoma Artist Gifts of Christmas! Inspired by both the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and fellow features writer Sue Kidd, who’s offering you her own “Twelve Tacoma Foodie Gifts of Christmas” on her TNT Diner blog, I’ve come up with 12 alternative gifts for Christmas: no partridges in pear trees, but something a lot more uniquely local. (See older posts for the other days.)
So here’s Day 8:
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
Eight letterpress posters, seven concert tickets, six sumi paintings, five gothic rings…Four pottery bowls, three CDs, two baby heads and a deck of Tacoma playing cards.
Well, you probably don’t really need to actually buy eight letterpress posters, but if you wanted to shower your true love with letterpress admiration you’d have way more than eight to choose from. Tacoma’s known for letterpress artists (must be the weather?), boasting events like the annual King’s Books Wayzgoose, the festival where all Puget Sound book, paper and letterpress artists get together, and guerrilla letterpress art like Beautiful Angle, the two-man team of Tom Llewellyn and Lance Kagey who’ve just passed their 10th anniversary of trucking around Tacoma in the dead of night slapping hand-printed, quirkily witty posters up onto local landmarks.
Then there’s the other duo Anagram Press: Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring, both formidable letterpress artists in their own right, who’ve collaborated on a series of posters on feminists from local history as well as other cool stuff. The list goes on, but for instant letterpress Christmas gratification you can buy posters online from around $20 at beautifulangle.homestead.com or anagram-press.com.
Or tail Llewellyn and Kagey around sometime and hope you get lucky with a free one.