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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014
R E S T   D A Y   2 :

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In 3 words:
  "Blurred French

. . .

Start time today: 5:00 am

Completed: 11:40 pm

Time today: 17 hours : 39 minutes

Time to date: 280 hours : 56 minutes

Runs: 6 - transparent rust (large sprocket); silver (chain on large sprocket); silver (chain on small sprocket), transparent lavendar (small sprocket); handrolled "cycling" in 4 colors; orange-red "rest day 2, Leeds > Paris"

Runs to date: 86

370 > 800 pixel wide enlargement

The day's story

Description: Hmmm.

Well, this rest day didn't go as planned. Remarkably fortunate that we didn't have collaborators to witness the production mentdown.

The handrolling of Bauer from Stage 15 was exceptionally nice and we wanted to give it another try and maybe lift it a bit, which we think we did.

The layout is supposed to have two sprockets with the chain around it with the chain running off the sides of the page. We would have done each of the 2 sprockets and 2 chains in separate, transparent colors, to highlight the overlay. Then there was type at the top ("rest day #2") and type at the bottom ("Leeds > Paris") which we were going to print together.

The 2nd rest day of 2013 has been one of our most successful single posters (at least they are sold out). We thought we would take the opportunity of the rest day, when we don't have to watch 4 hours of live Tour de France cycling on TV to raise the creative bar.

We even took a nice timeout to go to breakfast at Perkins.

The idea of the handrolling was to see a blurred French landscape from the view of the cyclists with green grass and trees, blue skies (which they sometimes had on this year's Tour), along with fields of sunflowers & lavender. The handrolling was quite nice at producing the sense of blur. Be sure to look at the enlarged version in the link above for a better view of the outcome.

The meltdown came when we were printing one of the sprockets. The sprokets were wrapped with the bike chain and then only the sprocket was hot glued to a piece of 1/2" MDF. The idea was that we would print the sprocket in a color and then wrap the chain around it (which is a little bit higher) and print that in a second color. There were to be two of these which overlapped, both being printed in transparent colors to produce a nice overlay.

When printing the chain on the second sprocket the sprocket came unglued and we could no longer have any expectaton of getting things back reregistered in our normal "We-have-to-print-the-poster-the-same-day-as-the-stage" schedule. We banged around trying to figure out how to make it work until 10:10 last night. It was clear that we weren't going to get something like we wanted, and we loved the handrolling, and we weren't going to finish it before midnight.

So, slightly new rule. We are going to take a mulligan, without penalty, on that one (anyone play golf and understand that reference?) and do it the Monday (which for us would also be a rest day as the Tour would have ended the day before) and reprint the poster. The layout that Jill came up with was really nice and that handrolling was especially nice. We may even print a few extras.


The image is now the final one. We went back and reprinted the poster and almost had as much trouble the 2nd time, but solved them this time. It turned out to be the second longest day for us, ending at 11:40pm.

We got the chains to print around the sprockets this time.

Printing details

Signatures: Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols

Size: 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock: Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography: Neuland 12 line, Jefferson Gothic 12 line, Euro Bold Condensed 24 point

Production notes: handset wood & metal type. The stage / signature block was preprinted using photopolymer plates.

Press: Vandercook Universal III

Photos from July 28th

When there are just the three of us we usually take less photos. We were completely beat at this point and only took a few.

We've hotglued the sprocket to a sheet of MDF. We are getting ready to print the sprocket itself. Tray is trimming away some stray glue. We have the edges propped up on 6 point leading to take up the space that the chain will take when we do the second run.

This is the second, smaller sprocket. Our Vandercook Universal III still has the silver ink on it and we are trying to avoid any press cleanup that we can. This sprocket is quite flat and we've actually nailed it down with the 6 point leading holding it up a bit. We actually ended up filing down the nail heads as much as we could to keep them from poking into the mylar tympan. Even with that the tympan will need to be replaced. It was good that this was the last couple of runs of the project.

This is the final lockup of Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014. At this point it is something like 11:20pm on Monday, July 28th. "Rest day." "Leeds >Paris." It was a really great trip. We are glad to be done, but it was a really great trip.