The Big Tuna
Our program has the only oversize printing press designed for routine travel.
Gaining access to oversize equipment is an obstacle for any artist who wants to print large-scale. We raised $13,000 through public support to commission The Big Tuna. Given its lightweight, modular construction, The Big Tuna can be transported virtually anywhere!
It has made a lasting impression when assembled at the entrance to a subway station, in the middle of a flea market, or at the heart of a city commons.
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Make art part of your next adventure!
Our program invites participants to visit new and interesting places. From San Francisco to Nashville, the best galleries and art centers host BIG INK events. Participants create friendships and connect with visitors during a memorable day. Afterward, they are free to explore the local sights, feeling inspired by an art event like no other.
Anyone with patience and admiration for quality craftsmanship will thrive in our program.
BIG INK participants come from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. An event can include college professors, art school graduates, designers, illustrators, sculptors, painters, photographers, and hobbyists. Some participants have never carved a woodblock, while others have carved many.
If your work features contrast, outlines, or patterning, then woodblock printmaking may be the perfect artistic medium for you!
BIG INK builds a bridge between artist and audience.
Community members can watch The Big Tuna in action as event participants captivate the crowd with their artistic skill. Once inspired, the public can make their own mini print. Volunteers assist audience members with inking pre-carved plates and printing on The Anchovy, BIG INK’s mini press.
Big or small we print it all!
We strive to make the production of a large-scale woodblock accessible.
Video tutorials guide participants through the woodblock carving process before the event, imparting knowledge of preferred materials and techniques. There are over twenty videos. Click here for an example on YouTube.
Bring you art to a new audience outside the studio. We work with local media outlets to advertise the event. Our social media accounts highlight the work of participants to an international following.
Follow @biginkprints on Facebook and Instagram to see what others are carving!
The resulting prints are professional grade, ready for exhibition and sale.
BIG INK creates three impressions from each participant’s woodblock, one of which the artist places in BIG INK’s collection. The woodblock and the other two prints remain property of the artist.
Woodblocks are printed on archival paper using traditional oil-based ink. BIG INK directs the operation and maintains a high standard of quality throughout printing.
Participants are provided a high-res scan of their finished woodblock print and are encouraged to use this image for self promotion on their website, social media, etc.
Collection & Sales
Every print in our collection is a testament to the power of creative collaboration.
BIG INK’s collection includes one print from each call-for-entry participant. These works are available for purchase after being scanned and cataloged on our website. Proceeds from sales are split equally between BIG INK and the participant. We also utilize the collection for exhibitions, artist talks, and college presentations.