With Nileta Kotsikou of [imatioθíki], we take a drive for a studio visit of father and son team TIND – silkscreen extraordinaire. Bustling around the studio pulling out print samples from his collection, the son Manolis Angelakis excitedly boasts: “We print everything on everything in here man, like chocolate on pancakes and phosphorescent ink on banana leaves!”
Finding a particular print, Manolis holds up a titanic portrait. He dares me: “Gabriel, guess who THIS is. Who?” I expect some infamous Greek revolutionist. The rakish face is actually a self portrait of his father Chrisanthos Angelakis as a young man in the 70s. It has recently been digitised from the original Agfa Ortho 25 film and finalised as a silkscreen print. Pride shines through Manolis’ bearded face: “Yeah, my dad can kick your dad’s ass!”
Part of a new generation of creatives realising that designers cannot remain isolated – a foreign concept for this culture ingrained with personal independence – Manolis has taken his projects across Greece and abroad looking for cross-disciplinary collaborators. For example, one of their most recent projects explored the use of body-paint ink on human skin for The Swink Project - ink in a world of swing dance.
To what end? TIND’s dream is to establish an open-source platform. “We have an amazing printing studio with machines that aren’t always being used. What I want to see happen is other printers and even kids to come print, learn and have fun at the same time. I want to be inspired by THEM and hopefully to inspire in return.”
But we live in a world where print orders come in three-zeroed quantities and soulless laser printers answer those demands. Why bother with antiquated methods? One of TIND’s continuing projects, Error is Superior to Art, aptly represents why these two gentlemen are exploring the unusual side of the printing business. “When a print is too prefect, it loses its appeal” believes Manolis “and we want to celebrate the magnificence of the human touch, the small intrinsic errors that gives each print its unique personality.”