I am a graphic artist and illustrator from Iowa specializing in screen prints, posters, and shirts that I design out of my studio. I'm also the former head designer at RAYGUN, where I spent nearly 6 years designing and illustrating shirts, books, postcards, and everything in between.
I'm all about clean lines, simple color palettes, and clever compositions. I especially love working with well-known landmarks and geographic icons. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to stay a little while:)
I'm always up for cool freelancing and design opportunities. If you'd like to work together, shoot me an email at email@example.com 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.
How to contact and find me online:
The Woodsmith Store - Clive
Wholesale: If you're interested in carrying Bozz Prints or Shirts in your shop, please drop John a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.