Last month I had the pleasure of working with the crew at Ink & Hammer Mfg. Co in Dayton, Ohio. I have passed by the shop a few times during my adventures in the Oregon District and had been dying to get in there to take a look around. The place was so packed during the Oregon District’s Urban Nights that I could barely make it in…it left me NEEDING to know the story behind this place. I tried searching for more information online but finally just decided I needed to get in touch. So happy I did. Some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet. Check out the images from my branding session with Ink & Hammer and a quick interview I did with Josh:
SG: What is Ink & Hammer/How did it come about?
JF: Ink & Hammer came about because two close friends were fed up with not having a spot where we and all our friends could collectively produce awesome work and have a rad spot to chill. We were both working in separate small garages that started to become a pain to lug shit around. The idea of having multiple trades in one location has always been a dream of both of ours.
SG: What does a typical day at Ink & Hammer look like?
JF: There is no typical day here at I&H. Every day brings its challenges along with its amazing laughter. We could be jamming on a motorbike while someone is milling reclaimed wood and the next day be printing someone’s special event invitations or hand painting lettering on a new sign.
SG: What is your favorite project that Ink & Hammer has worked on?
JF: I just got done building a promotional bar display for Bonbright Beer Distributors, so they could possibly land the New Belgium Fat Tire account. It was full of compound angles, radiuses, special cuts, metal rings, trap doors, and lasers! We have been building a righteous motorbike that’s pretty cool too, hell, I like all the stuff that comes out of these doors!
SG: Favorite tunes to play in the shop while working?
JF: 90′s hip hop and old-timey country.
SG: What are your favorite spots to hang out near Ink & Hammer?
JF: We enjoy Press Coffee Bar, not just because they are good friends of ours, but because they have such tasty beverages! We are also lucky to have the new Wheat Penny that opened up across the street, they have delicious pizzas. All of us love pizzas here. We also love visiting our good buddy and especially collaborating on projects with Front Street Cycle. We don’t make it out a lot, but when we do, we take a short drive up to the Dixie Twin drive-in and visit our friends at Warehouse 4 to get some coffee or tea. On those extra late nights when we are slaving away we like to pop down to Bills donuts and get fat. So basically, send us donuts and pizza.