@Phraction On Demand Prints Available Now On Society6
Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of postings on here but I’ve been working on a few projects - one is setting up a print-on-demand service on Society6 and the other is setting up a @Phraction Facebook Page, and lastly I’m also making a 40 image instagram book (but more on that later).
Before making my images available to everyone, I wanted to test the waters first and see what the quality is like and then price the prints accordingly. A few days ago I received my first print from these guys who are based out of the US and having shipments come into Canada sometimes means getting dinged for duty/taxes. Luckily this time I got off with no charges but that doesn’t mean that’ll be the case next time. Considering that they sent a GINORMOUS tube for my 17x17 print, I’d say there was no flying under the customs radar, but I’ll take all the breaks I can.
Speaking of which, though the tube was tough and nothing was ‘broken’ unfortunately one of my prints were scratched pretty heavily on one corner. I assume it happened at the time of printing and not damaged during shipment. They only offer art prints in a matte stock so these are somewhat susceptible to scratches. Case and point - try not to run your fingernail down them, you know, 'cause they’re not scratch-n-sniff cards and none of the images I print would really want to make you want to smell them anyways (unless you’re weird like that).
The amazing thing though is within an hour of sending them a picture of the damaged print, they shipped me a new one!
They describe their prints as “Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1” border for framing.“ Which actually feels like Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm but they don’t specify exactly.
Either way, it’s actually pretty good stock and the colour rendition is also very close to what I see on screen (which is calibrated) and even without a custom profile for the paper (they use sRGB) I thought it was, pretty good. I mean it’s like looking at TVs at a BestBuy or something, you won’t really notice huge colour differences unless you have it all lined up next to one another and frankly, I’m not going to buy 5 TVs and have them set up next to each other (as awesome as that may be) which means I probably won’t be hanging up my monitor next to this print either.
*Edit: one more thing I wanted to mention that I just noticed is that their print sizes and 'printed area’ is very different. Here’s a breakdown of what it really translates to:
Available Art Print Sizes
MINI - 8” x 8" (printed area: 6" x 6")
SMALL - 13" x 13" (printed area: 11" x 11")
MEDIUM - 17" x 17" (printed area: 13" x 13")
LARGE - 22" x 22" (printed area: 18" x 18")
X-LARGE - 28" x 28" (printed area: 24" x 24")
Shipping didn’t take too long, though they are just across the border so their 1-3weeks for international shipping is more like 9 days.
Because I’ll never be able to keep track who or how many of these get sold, the prints I offer here are not going to be considered limited edition prints so they’re not going to be numbered/signed by yours truly though if you brought me a print to sign, I’m not gonna be a dick about it and I’ll most likely be super happy for your support and sign it.. maybe even do a smiley face or something just for you :) <-kinda like that but better.
With that said, I am making limited edition prints but these will be made locally, will cost more, and will be available on different paper stock. The reason I set this up is for all those people in other countries that I would love to visit and hand them a print personally but can’t afford the travel expenses. Hey, if this print thing generates enough sales, that may change but until then, this is an easier way to get your hands on a 'phraction piece’…not like that though.
They do sell other things like canvas, framed prints, and other things I most likely won’t make available like iphone cases, pillows, or a rug. I’d like to think that my images better than to have someone wiping their feet on them but maybe I’m being too presumptuous over the quality of my stuff.
So go ahead and check out Society6.com/phraction to see what’s available so far and be sure to follow my Facebook Page for the latest updates on the projects I’m doing, because me!
Right now only the popular 'urban’ stuff on @phraction is available but my street stuff will be offered in a different format.. maybe. Oh and there’s a particular image that you’d like to see printed, just let me know!