Ink & Sons was born out of a love of vintage printed ephemera, and in particular matchbox labels from the mid-20th century.
A husband and wife team with backgrounds in textile and graphic design, we’ve been collectors of vintage matchbox labels and graphics for several years. Their appeal rests in the beautifully simple, often naive illustrations and typography which was designed to work perfectly at such a small scale. The magic happens when you enlarge these tiny creations way beyond their original dimensions; the crudeness of the original printing, with bright often overlapping colours, set against the rough fibrous texture of the paper gives the enlarged images huge warmth and impact.
We’ve had several of these framed prints of our own making hanging in our home for some time and visitors are always drawn to them so after repeated requests we’ve decided to start producing them as prints for sale.
We'll be expanding the range over the coming months, drawing from our vast collection of labels and ephemera so if you like what you see, check back often!