I get many questions about the meaning of “22Teeth”, and no, in case you haven’t figured it out, it is not a dental care business. 22Teeth started as a research and drawing exploration of early 20th century history and its innovative technologies. Early mechanical innovations from the Industrial Revolution through WWII provided an immense source of inspiration in each of the drawings. All of the items featured in the prints are a tip of the hat to the blood, sweat and tears that went into the designing, fabricating and operating of these historically ingenious machines. More importantly, I focus on items that are analog and gear driven, whose historical impact set a new type of standard in its field, shaping the way in which we live and communicate.
This first series was created around groups of items belonging to land, air and water, with an additional wild card group.
The commonality between each of these renderings is that each item depicted is driven and actuated by grease and gears; gears that have varying numbers of teeth. Information on these items is compiled by ways of old photographs and drawings, through which newly re-imagined and composed drawings are then produced. The drawings are then formatted and printed via letterpress, which is the oldest type of printing still used today and is also—you guessed it—an analog, gear-driven machine in and of itself.
I hope you share a similar interest, or maybe you simply think the drawings and prints look cool. Either way, I appreciate your time and support. For more information regarding the company and the items that influence me, check out our PROCESS and HISTORY pages. Thanks for your interest in 22Teeth.
Letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printing, dating back to Johannes Gutenberg in the mid 15th century, and remained the main form of all printing until the advent of modern day offset technology. Until the 1970s the New York Times was printed letterpress. Usually regarded in recent times as simply an artisanal process, letterpress offers much more than vintage printing with its ability to communicate type in a physical way and translate fine lines of less than 1/72nd of an inch with precision and accuracy, while maintaining a clean, sharp impression on the surface of the substrate. Combined with its tactile nature and the careful paper selection involved in this hand-process, letterpress produces a unique, one-of-a-kind physical object that far transcends commercial printing processes. Coeur Noir Specialty Printers is a Brooklyn-based studio that works exclusively in specialty printing, and handles all of 22Teeth’s printing. They have produced work that stands in the permanent collections of the New York Modern Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Smithsonian.
All frames are hand made, solid ¾” American Oak x 1” deep, stained in deep walnut OR natural stain (depending on drawing type chosen) and finished with a satin polycrylic. Framed prints are spray mounted to 1/16” museum board to prevent sag and secured between standard picture frame glass and 3/16” presentation style foam core. A self-leveling brass finished toothed wall hanger comes installed on the back of the frame.
Matt is the designer, drafter, fabricator and owner of 22 Teeth. He is an Architectural Designer in New York City, currently working on national and state museum projects as well as some commercial work. He spent many years in the music business as a drummer in a hardcore–punk band before switching gears (ahem) and studying Architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He also teaches an Architecture Structures course as a visiting professor at Pratt, while still playing drums in a local punk band.
A special shout out to some good people who have helped 22Teeth get going: Mike Louie at Coeurnoir Specialty Printers (firstname.lastname@example.org) who helped get this project to become a tangible reality. Monique Augusta for being all around awesome and helping 22Teeth LLC gets it's feet off the ground. Jeremy Sailing (www.jeremysailing.com) and Liz Mamey for doing a kickass photo shoot and editing. Aki Carpenter (www.hinicetomeetyou.com) and Chris Huban (www.chrishuban.com) for their graphic input. And Joe Ferrara for the 'toothed' fabrication support.