The Aesthetic Union is a letterpress print shop specializing in custom work and original editions. We offer letterpress and foil printing and in-house design services for those seeking one-of-a-kind results. 

But we’re more than ink on paper. We believe in encouraging a creative workspace. We believe in collaborative projects and community involvement. We believe that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That’s why we’re proud to carry well sourced selection of writing tools, art materials, notebooks and studio supplies. That’s why our gallery features collaborations with artists that push the boundaries of letterpress printing.

We invite you drop us a line, visit the shop and come join the Union.

Video by Maya Alberta and Seth Hahn
Music by John Davis


 

The Aesthetic Union Team

 
 
James Tucker

James Tucker

OWNER / PRINTER

James Lewis Tucker was born in 1984 in Red Bank, NJ. As a child he split his time between collecting seashells from the shore and exploring the brooks of his grandparent’s Christmas tree farm. James opened The Aesthetic Union, his letterpress shop and design studio, in 2013 and together with his small team has worked closely with both large and small companies to create traditional printed matter using contemporary techniques.
His art practice is woven into the framework and production schedules of the shop’s presses. He produces limited edition prints that investigate both traditional landscape prints inspired by the California Coast as well as minimalist, experimental mono prints. His work has been shown in major galleries and is housed in permanent collections. James is passionate about keeping the tradition of letterpress alive while also utilizing modern processes which has helped The Aesthetic Union remain a hub for art, craft and design within a shrinking community of creatives in San Francisco.

William White

William White

PRESS OPERATOR

William moved to the SF Bay Area in 1986 and has been involved in the commercial printing trade as a press operator ever since.  Much of his time was spent producing wine & spirit labels in the Napa Valley.  He is also a professional watchmaker, an amateur photographer and an avid musician.

Daniel Schrimshire

Daniel Schrimshire

PROJECT MANAGER

After surviving the dotcom boom and bust of the late 1990's, Daniel received his degree in Graphic Design and has worked in the print industry ever since.  An early member of a now defunct (or is it....?) (no really, it is) secret society (read: cult), he still occasionally covertly installs art in public spaces, sometimes sneaks (read: trespasses) onto military Superfund sites and abandoned movie theaters, and regularly self-publishes (and gives away for free) a zine called Frequenzine that he gestates, writes, and produces all in one sitting with his art and writing co-conspirator, who used to go by the name Frances Natt McGill back in their cult days. If you can snowboard better than he can (proof required), he'll give you $20 or babysit your kid for 20 minutes. At a bar.


Press

Creative Mornings // March 2019

Creative Mornings // March 2019

Print Club Ltd. // September 2017

Print Club Ltd. // September 2017

Wall Street Journal // 2016

Wall Street Journal // 2016

Mount Gay Video feature for their Original Spirits makers series // November 2014

Freude Von Freuden // 2014

Freude Von Freuden // 2014

Spotted SF: Meet the Makers  studio visit // January 2014

Spotted SF: Meet the Makers studio visit // January 2014

New York Times  SF travel article // April 2014

New York Times SF travel article // April 2014

The Guardian "Top 10 Shops and Attractions in San Francisco for Design Lovers" // April 2014

The Guardian "Top 10 Shops and Attractions in San Francisco for Design Lovers" // April 2014

Freunde von Freunden  interview // July 2014

Freunde von Freunden interview // July 2014

California Magazine  Secret Sources article // January 2014

California Magazine Secret Sources article // January 2014

Sunset Magazine Visit  feature // June 2014

Sunset Magazine Visit feature // June 2014