Ted Harrington had me at “Fuck off.” I met him years ago at the Pop Up Flea in New York City where he was showcasing the offerings of his company, Terrapin Stationers, makers of custom and pre-designed cards and stationery.
While Ted cut a striking figure with a head of neatly groomed silver-white hair and handsome horn-rimmed glasses, what initially caught my eye was giant version of one of their calling cards at his booth that succinctly said “FUCK OFF.” Right then and there, I knew I liked Ted.
Years later, I still like Ted and revel in our happy acquaintance from a far and mutual follows on Instagram and Twitter. And these same years later, Terrapin Stationers is still making my calling cards.
One of the things that sets Terrapin Stationers apart is their refreshing adherence to a distinctly analog way of printing. With old machines that are over a century old, Terrapin’s work is engraved and embossed on high quality card stock. The finished products are exquisite works that really set them apart from anyone else’s.
Another thing I love about Terrapin is Ted himself or, more specifically, his sensibility. He’s an irreverent smart ass with a penchant for the beloved F-word. Along with the personalized cards, Terrapin has a fantastic selection of pre-designed stationery and cards in their online shop. Other than “FUCK OFF” calling cards, I also enjoy “Good luck with that,” “EAT A BAG OF DICKS,” and, of course, the ones that say “Go home and change.” With the stationery, I’m partial to the bicycle, the rooster (“Hahn” means “rooster” in German), the hand grenade and the skull and crossbones.
So if you want truly distinct calling cards, greeting cards, gift cards or stationery, either pre-designed or custom, all engraved by 100+ year old machines on nice cotton stock, go to Terrapin Stationers. (And if, like Ted, you’re a fan of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, you’ll love some other special editions in the online shop.)