These Denim Monoprints first came about when owner, James Tucker was sitting on a white couch while wearing a new pair of jeans. The freshly dyed denim bled indigo on the white couch under his weight and a little friction to the dismay of the owner of the couch.
James immediately got the idea of running unwashed denim through the etching press at the shop onto white cotton paper. After a few successful tests he contacted his friend, custom jean maker, artist, Smith Blake Darby. With Darby’s help procuring more raw denim, he then suggested running a pair of jeans though the press. After some apprehension they decided to make a new pair of jeans specifically devoid of hardware to run through the delicate etching press. The results were amazing.
After a few trial and errors Tucker and Darby finally found a way to run a pair of “ready to wear” jeans through successfully. Vintage pairs were the next step. Finding a process of re-dyeing the vintage jeans which was very important and opened up a gambit of possibilities for exploring this series further.
Each print is unique, as the pair of jeans are slowly destroyed and the amount of dye is decreased each time they are run through the press. They have been likened to X-rays as you can see through the construction, and each tear, unique attribute, and type of indigo is highlighted.
Each one is signed, chop marked, titled and noted “U/P” for unique print
28” 43” framed. Framed are custom and are encased in museum anti-uv, anti-glare glass.