Visit our Shop in Historic Valley Junction!
215 5th St
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Thurs 10a-8p (Open late for the Valley Junction Farmer's Market!)
Sun Closed (Unless there's a big event in Valley Junction that weekend in which case we're probably open! But check our instagram just to be sure)
Reach out to us at email@example.com if you have any questions!
About Bozz Prints
Bozz Prints is a creative powerhouse founded by John Bosley (Bozz) in Des Moines, IA back in 2015. Specializing in prints, posters, and shirts, John grew Bozz Prints from it’s humble beginnings in his basement, to a full blown brick and mortar shop in West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. Inspired by a love of travel, architecture, and the scenery that surrounds us, John is all about making timeless designs to honor the places and landmarks we all know and love.
Bozz is always up for cool freelancing and design opportunities. If you'd like to work together, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll talk. It's also a great place to reach me if you have a question about something or want to discuss the latest Star Wars spoiler.
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Wholesale: If you're interested in carrying Bozz Prints or Shirts in your shop, please drop John a line at email@example.com
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who makes all this stuff?
Everything is 100% designed and illustrated by me (John) in my Des Moines-based studio. I screen print all of my poster designs by hand on a vacuum press I built with my Dad, and I have friends that print all of my shirts here in DSM. My small prints and mugs are also made locally using USA made materials as often as possible. I'm a real one-man-band, as they say.
Okay, so why "Bozz"?
That's an easy one. My last name is Bosley and it's been my nickname for as long as I can remember. I've always signed my art with it and it seemed like the right thing to name the company once I got started. I go by both John and Bozz, so feel free to call me either.
How'd you get started?
After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Iowa State University, I bounced around a bunch of boring/non-art jobs until ultimately becoming the lead designer at Raygun back in 2009. It was during my time at Raygun that I learned everything I know about screen printing and how to design goods for commerce (an incredibly useful skill!). I loved working there and came up with a ton of best-selling designs while I was at it, but I was really itching to do my own thing and spread my illustration wings a bit more. Thus, Bozz Prints was born. I soon decided to quit my steady job of nearly six years (scary feelings!) and haven't looked back since. Fun fact: My BFA was with an emphasis on Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. Ironically I only ever took one actual printmaking class in college and it wasn't even screen printing. Crazy, right?!
What's your creative process?
Whenever I get an idea for a design, I usually start researching and sketching to figure out the look I'm going for. This part usually takes the longest. Once an idea/sketch is settled on, I'll start drawing the final art using Adobe Photoshop on my Cintiq graphics tablet. From there I'll export my art into black layers that can be turned into films which are "burned" on to screens. I then screen print the design onto precut paper stock using colors that I mix by hand. Each print is placed on the drying rack and I repeat this process for each color until the print run is complete. I know I'm making screen printing sound a lot simpler than it actually is but hopefully you get the picture. With the poster printing, I'll occasionally outsource my larger jobs and client work to a great screen printing shop in KC by the name of Vahalla Studios. All in all, most of my designs are made from start to finish in about 1-2 weeks depending on the complexity.
Okay, so WHY do you make all this stuff?
I just love creating designs based on well known places, landmarks, and streetscapes. I started making Des Moines designs first and then I gradually expanded into other cities as I grew. Traveling to new places has always been my biggest source of inspiration and my goal is to make a print/design for every city and state on the map. Simply put, these "travel" posters are my small way of paying homage to the great geographical and architectural history that surrounds us. Combine all that with my love of illustrating, printmaking, and design and you've got a pretty good understanding of what gets me out of bed every day.
Do you accept commissions?
Definitely! I'm always up for cool freelancing and design opportunities depending on my schedule. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's collaborate!
How does your shipping work?
I typically send out orders twice a week and everything is shipped via USPS Priority from my studio in Des Moines. Posters come rolled in sturdy kraft tubes, small prints ship flat (or rolled when shipped with posters), shirts ship in durable poly-mailers, mugs get wrapped and boxed, AND postcards come in small stay-flat mailers. Tracking numbers are sent with each order and if something accidentally breaks or bends I'm happy to replace it.
What's your exchange policy?
Exchanges are no problem, especially with T-Shirts. Just email me at email@example.com and I'll get you taken care of. Returns are okay as long as it's within 2 weeks of purchase, and the item is still in unused / unworn / mint condition. Email me for details.