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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   1 8 :
          Gap > Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne / 185 km

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2011 - 2015 posters grouped by topic

Available as an individual print
or in our clamshell box edition

In words :
  "De nouveau un & deux"

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Start time today :

Completed : 11:46pm

Time today : 18 hours : 11minutes

Time to date : 334 hours : 13 minutes

Runs today: 4 - handrolled green mountainside & sky in 4 colors, French flag blue; French flag red which we had to do in 2 runs to add the team name; dark grey for the Col du Glandon

Runs to date : 81

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The day's story

I'm behind this morning as last night was a long night.

We love rooting for the French during the Tour de France.

French cyclists, Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale & Pierre Rolland of Team Europcar, came in 1st & 2nd on the stage.

The image of the day was looking at the side of Col du Glandon. We grabbed an image off the TV, drew it to a size that fit the poster, and glued 1.5 pica strips of Masonite to a sheet of MDF. Then handrolled in 3 greens to help build the architecture of the mountain with a touch of blue for the sky gave us the image. The effect was pretty startling to us.

It took us almost to 7:00 (about 5 hours) to get the first print, and then it took us about 10 to get the ink nice and juicy and to get the rolling strategy down. Tiffany did the dark green at the bottom, David did the middle green, and Jill did the light green and sky.

We love working with a technique and a production strategy when you aren't sure it will even work. More of the technique will be explained in the photos below.

We were so buried in the process, we forgot to shoot video of the process. Actually we didn't even shoot one photo of the handrolling. All 5 of us was pretty busy during the process. If there was every a poster in this year's Tour we needed to shoot video and photos it was this one.

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, David Copestakes, Tiffany Tzysk

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 18 desserts at the Glass Kitchen.

Above: This is the climb up Col du Glandon we used as our drawing for the poster image.

Above: We took the photo of the climb and enlarged in with printouts to a size we thought worked for the poster. Jill did a drawing on tissue paper of the road. We turned it over (in letterpress the printing image has to be backwards). We transferred the image to the MDF and drew vertical lines to help us keep the pieces of Masonite straight (even though we didn't want them to be EXACTLY straight). Then we covered the image area with double stick tape.

Here we see Tiffany putting the pieces of Masonite in place a bit loosely as we didn't want the image to look mechanical.

Above: Ray would hold a piece of Masonite over the position in the drawing and would cut the piece with a pair of wire cutters. Pretty smooth except that there were hundreds of them.

Above: Shows the pieces of Masonite and the general layout of the image.

Above: We are starting to get close to finished at this point.

Above: And right out of the chute we print on the mylar tympan sheet.

Above: Jill (nearest the camera) handrolling the lightest green and blue sky. Tiffany is handrolling the dark green at the bottom. David is off to the left, waiting to get enough room, to work on the middle green.

Above: This is what things looked like once we got juicy.

Then our photography and video team went to sleep.

Above: Tiffany concentrating on the press.

Above: Tiffany printing and David taking the prints off the press.

Above: Ray printing one of the composite prints.

Above: Lockup for the team name.