David veteran

When the last print run of the job is done...

How long have you been printing?


Describe your first encounter with letterpress

if i remember well, its was online with The Studio On Fire’s blog.
Then i got stuck with Stukenborg’s work with dice.
But the biggest crush i had was with the tray full of brass rules.

Where did you learn?

RHoK Academie brussels. A brussels evening classes for adults. They might have one of the biggest lithographic press from Belgium (maybe Europe). They focus mainly on etching and lithography but they bought a Vandercook SP20 around 2010-11.

I was lucky enough to learn on that beauty (i miss you darling).

Who was your most influential teacher?

Internet. Tumblr and all those images blogs.

Also, the first print I made with brass rules I was trying to transpose Ryoji Ikeda’s digital art into analog… So, I can say the Raster Noton's esthetique as well as Op art influenced me.

What super power would you like to have?

Being less grumpy. i try hard, but it seems winning often. And teleportation.

Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

Alone, so i can be grumpy at me only

What do you most value in your friends?

they still talk to me despite the fact i’m often grumpy

When do your best ideas occur to you?

when the last print run of the job is done. And then its too late...

If you were to die and come back as a typeface, which would it be?

hard to tell… Futura in capital, a Fraktur or something modernist

What tool do you use more often than any other?

laptop :(

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Instagram, tumblr and Schreib/Maschinen/Kunst

If you could study with any printer throughout history, who would it be?

Without a doubt Anni Albers, El Lissitzky or Vincent Connare

If you have your own shop, what equipment do you own?

A broken Asbern Piccolo

If you could change one thing about your shop, what would it be?

To fix her... I hope she's gonna be fine super soon. Then, to get more fonts and brass rules. I own more brass rules than fonts ATM... It's ok but a bit restrictive. Or it pushes you to be imaginative.

When and where are you the happiest?

Always. When i'm not grumpy

What is your greatest fear/worry?

running out of kimchi or new ideas.

What do you think is useful about what you make?

i think its useless but it helps to spend Sunday at something i like.

What’s your day job?

I'm still a bike repairman for 2 more month, then i don't know yet.

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

records as a label manager and time to time dj. silkscreen sometimes.

Ha, it's maybe from this musical side that i've chosen to use a nickname. Well, i was stupid enough to choose one with another name and sure name, but now, you can call me David, Dave or Dimitri Runkkari, it should work. Ho, don't hesitate to Google translate it :)