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Stamp No. 007Jason Sturgill

Jason Sturgill is an illustrator based in Portland, Oregon specializing in creating playful iconic images that have character. Before drawing became his full time profession he worked as a graphic designer for Nike SB and Nike 6.0 in both apparel and brand design. He also spent several years at both Wieden+Kennedy and Dark Horse Comics. When he’s not drawing you can usually find him at an estate sale hunting for illustrated ephemera with his wife and son.


Have you designed a stamp before?

I have not designed a stamp before, but I’ve actually been doing a fair amount of visual research in the aesthetic environment of a perforated cousin of the stamp, the acid blotter sheet.


What was the most interesting or fun aspect of designing a poster stamp? What unique challenges did it present?

Using the acid blotter sheet for inspiration, I had fun exploring the layering of a single image covering all the singular stamp images. That was main challenge as well, making the sheet work as one overall image but as individual stamps as well.


Tell us about the art. Did you create something new for this stamp?

The artwork for the stamps is a continuation of a series I’ve been doing with these expressive hand characters. I’ve had 3 hand characters (peace, love, rock&roll) released as enamel pins with the Portland based company @badge_bomb and this project introduces 2 new characters collectively known as “misunderstanding” alongside peace and love.


Anything else?

A lot of my work tries to playfully explore my struggles with mental health in a way that allows for discussion and contemplation.


The Artist Series

An ongoing collaboration with invited designers, artists, and writers who create original work for an unusual form: the poster stamp. The stamps are printed on lickable, gummed paper and pinhole perforated by hand on our vintage machines. The sheets are signed and numbered by the artist, and released in editions of 100. Suitable for framing. View full series.

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