Shop Tour: Anderson Studios
The Nashville ISS show is this week, I hope to see some of you there.
Last year I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Andy Anderson and seeing his shop in Nashville. He is a real renaissance man, with three distinct areas of expertise: motorcycle design and painting, underwater photography, and then to top it all off he is probably the best printer of four color process photographs on t-shirts who has ever lived. He has been painting motorcycles and printing shirts since he was a teenager in the early 70’s. He seems to only get better and better at both.
He is a humble guy and it was great talking shop with him. We had many stories to swap of customers that haven’t appreciated us, customers asking the impossible, and probably our biggest gripe which is that folks don’t want to pay us a few more cents per shirt for the very top quality available.
We have some similar approaches to printing in that both use Newman roller frames and that we both believe in doing the bulk of our work prepress not on press. We have some differences in that he uses M & R presses and we use MHM’s, he works mostly from traditional CMYK four color separations and we do mostly simulated process separations, and he sharpens and I only replace my squeegees (and he might have at least half persuaded me on that last one.)
I leave the rest of this for photos of his shop, his incredible work on shirts, his incredible work on motorcycles, and some stunning underwater photography.