Yesterday I had the pleasure of printing up some posters with Adam Torres for his performance at the Cactus Cafe in Austin on February 25. It was typeset in Hobo and designed by Land. Photographs and photopolymer don’t always agree, especially if there’s a large surface area and low-contrast halftones. Max Koch and I prepared the files in Illustrator, and Max made the plate. In order to make the image as sharp as possible, I selected a smooth paper, Cougar Opaque 100lb, which took a moderate impression beautifully. The sepia colored ink is an inexact mix of Pantone VS 329 (185 Dutch Fireball), VS301 (Yellow), and VS101 (Black #10850) all from Vanson. Makeready was a little slow going because it was challenging to get even coverage on the text without over-inking the photograph, but after some trial and error, we realized that by wiping down the image after three impressions we could get the results we wanted. Good conversation and music made the time pass quickly, and we came away with almost 200 copies with a trim size of 20 x 14 inches. We also took a memorable break on the porch and Adam played me his new song for Our First 100 Days, which is worth the price of admission alone. Signed copies will be available at the Cactus, and proceeds from the posters and performance will benefit United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.