I’ve been a long time fan of the work of Vincent Sardon/Tampographe Sardon in Paris. His sharp wit and politically charged rubber stamps are in a category all by themselves. (warning: there’s lots of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll involved in these rubber stamp designs so if you have delicate sensibilities, don’t say I didn’t warn you…)
If you’re into rubber stamps like I’m into rubber stamps, you’re probably always on the prowl for something different, that perfect one. It can be a pretty exciting day when you find a stamp designer unlike any other; often single rubber stamp can inspire a whole new project or approach. When I first heard of Vincent Sardon’s work, I knew I had to see more.
You can be certain that a Sardon-designed stamp is unlike anything you’ve ever seen: sometimes shocking, darkly humorous, brash and bold.
Last year, a monograph of Sardon’s work was published by L’Association in France (see cover photo above), in conjunction with a showing of his work at the Gallery Nabokov in Paris. Chock full of incredible photos and visual puns, this was definitely one of my favorite book purchases of last year. (FYI: the book is written in french, so…)
I always love to see artists “in process”: brainstorming ideas, working in the studio, continuously experimenting. Take a look at the video below; you can get a peek inside Sardon’s studio (a.k.a “The Crypt”) as he goes from drawings on paper to finished rubber stamp — it’s quite a process!
So there you have it — one of my inspiration heroes! For all you RLD readers out there: who inspires you to create/make/send? Which five artists or designers would you sit down to dinner with, and why?
–visit the Tampographe Sardon store to see the full range of rubber stamps