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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   1 5 :
          Mende > Valence | 182 km


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In 5 words :
  "It looked easy on
  paper"

. . .

Start time today : 5:23am

Completed : 10:42pm

Time today : 17 hours : 19 minutes

Time to date : 266 hours : 7 minutes

Runs today: 6 - grey words, bluish grey words, greenish words, lavender words, handrolled Greipel in 2 colors; bluish grey quote & team name

Runs to date : 64

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The day's story

Honestly, we had no story based on the stage today.

Peter Sagan (Jill and Rachel's favorite) was in the day's breakaway for the 2nd day in a row and won the intermediate sprint to extend his lead in the Green Jersey competition.

André Greipel won his 3rd sprint stage of this year's Tour. Clearly he has shown the best consistency for being fast.

After some shoulder bumping (nothing special, but it always makes someone mad) looked like it might be taken outside to be settled, except for the fact that they were already outside.

Froome and the guys chasing him all came in at the same time.

Done. No story.

So, we are watching the post-race interview and all of the cyclists were complaining about the heat and the speed set by the front of the peloton. One of the commentators said, "It looked easy on paper." Rachel, who is in finance, mentioned that at lunch which started a discussion about if there were financial or legal words that might be added to the poster to help convey the idea.

Then Ray mentioned "subjective contour" which he had read about in a Scientific American article, probably back in the early 1980s. Here is an example of subjective contour.

Notice how white and opaque that implied rectangle appears. Much more so than the white that is clearly the same around it. So that would be a way we could imply the page and make the poster more of a visual solution.

We had nothing else and we started writing words that would make a day that looked easy on paper become hard. We handset 20 words, dividing then into group of 5 and locked them up for the corners. Jill mixed a grey ink and we printed them once. Then Jill tweaked the color, we rotated the corners and printed it again. We did that four times. This constituted our "circular" element. I know it's stretching the definition, but, "Hey, it looked easier on paper."

If we did it again, I think we could get the effect to work better, but shooting from the hip like we do on these posters it worked pretty well.

Then Greipel was put at the bottom (Sagan lost remember), substituting the 3 for an E and Ray & Rachel handrolled it. Then add the quote in the center and the team name and we were done.

Honestly, the idea "looked easier on paper." Took us at least 2 hours longer than we thought it would. At least we didn't get in a fight.

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Rachel Strickland

Size : 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock : Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography : wood - Velo Black 12 line (House Industries) and ?; metal -

Production notes : handset wood & metal type. The stage details and signature block were preprinted using Boxcar photopolymer plates.

Press : Vandercook Universal III

Images from Stage

Profile of today's stage

Above: Stage 15 desserts at the Glass Kitchen. Tray / peach

Above: Ray & Rachel trying to organized the words so they wouldn't print directly over top of another word in the same position on another corner. We were hoping that the words would still be readable. I'd like to give this technique another try. I think I have an easy way to get it to work better and honestly, be a bit easier to do. But then it always looks that way on paper.

Above: Temperature in France today was 96°. Temperature in the studio was... I guess you an figure that one out. We try to not complain about the heat in our un-airconditioned studio. Endurance cycling. Endurance letterpress. You work with what you have. Weather forecast is for temperatures in the 90s for the next two days and then it doesn't look bad for the rest of the week.

We had a streak of about 5 days in the mid-90s last year. Nice to not have it again this year.

Above: The lockup showing the four corners that will be rotated clockwise for each new color.

Above: Rachel printing with Jill removing the paper. We have an industrial sized fan blowing directly on them and it wants to push that paper down into the press so it is nice to have the second person who can concentrate on avoiding that. It is also nice to have the least number of people sitting around. Endurance letterpress and all that stuff.

Above: A shot of the lockup and the inking rollers.

Above: The rollers are just starting across the lockup.

Above: A nice shot of the lockup.

Above: A photo to get Tray into the picture.

Above: Ray figuring out the position of Greipel to not hit the words and also not be crowded by the signature block.

Above: Rachel inking the 3. Ray had already done the GR-IPEL

Above: A close-up of the inking.