From apprentice to entrepreneur

In the spring of 2010, Lantz Arroyo, a printing apprentice, accidentally started a printing business.

Lantz Arroyo Edited and excerpted from NewYork.com — Lantz Arroyo of Radix Media (radixmedia.org) is the second author and business owner to participate in NewYork.com's series about homegrown entrepreneurs — people who are trying to make their way in New York City by running their own business. This post is his first in a series of 10. In the spring of 2010, I accidentally started a printing business. I say accidentally because, well, it really was kind of an accident. The way it started was a bit of a blur, a bit of one-thing-leads-to-another, but before I knew it, I was running a one-person print shop without having thought about any of the things that one should probably think about when starting a business. I had no guiding documents, no pricing structure, no real plan at all — I decided to just kind of wing it. And, as you can probably imagine, it made my life difficult. But first, let me back up a little bit. It was the early part of 2010 when I approached Eberhardt Press, a small printer and publisher in Portland, Ore., about an apprenticeship. I had been living in Portland for four and a half years and had a job at a worker-owned café and venue. I was doing the event booking and some of the marketing, and had previously gotten some posters printed by Charles, the printer behind Eberhardt Press. His work was beautiful, but I had no idea how he made it, no clue about the process that put real ink on paper and created something out of nothing. Being fascinated by this, I figured I would just give it a shot and ask him. Truth be told, I was a little surprised when he decided to take me on. During my one-year stint at Eberhardt Press, I mostly did bindery work — folding and stapling booklets, putting together notepads, collating stacks of sheets. But another huge piece of it was really just hovering over Charles as he ran the press, inadvertently learning a great deal about printing before I ever put my hands on the machine. Halfway through my apprenticeship, I became obsessed with getting my own press and started lurking Craigslist (this would become a theme). I ended up finding my first press, an AB Dick 9810, at some guy’s place in Hillsboro, Ore., and spent all my meager savings to buy it. I borrowed a friend’s purple 1972 pickup truck to get the thing, what then felt like the biggest behemoth to have ever existed, and the drive back to Portland was a little bit of a horror show. I was now completely broke, but the press was mine, and I was on my way to greatness or something like it. Read the full story on NewYork.com…
comments powered by Disqus

Job Search

 
 

News from across the web

dDocName in ('150101','150102','150103','150104','150105','150106','149978','149979','149980','149981','149982','149868','149869','149870','149871','149872','149873','149874','149875','149836','149876','149837','149838','149744','149745','149746','149747','149748','149749','149750','149614','149615','149616','149617','149618','149619','149620','149530','149531','149532','149422','149423','149424','149425','149426','149427','149428','149295','149296','149297','149298','149299','149300','149301','149302','149190','149191','149192','149193','149194','150037','150038','150007','150008','150009','149910','149911','149912','149913','149914','149798','149799','149800','149844','149680','149681','149682','149568','149447','149448','149473','149449','149356','149357','149358','149359','149327','149328','149329','149312','149313','149216','149227','149228','149314','149170','149229','149230','149103','149104','149105','149106','149107','149081','149071','149000','148920','148921','148922','149001','148923','148848','148924','148849','148925','148783','148784','148785','148786','148787','150039','149915','149801','149802','149754','149569','149538','149360','149231','149232','149233','149234','149235','149108','149109','149029','149030','148926','148788','148677','148495','148496','148497','147711','147786','147563','147489','147398','147399','147316','147169','147064','146943','146944','146871','146839','146840','146671','146449','146358','146359','146263','146196','146109','145974','145870','145871','145820','145751','145752','145463','145639','145464','145697','145433','145164','145165','144964','144965','144966','149920','149921','149845','149687','149688','149571','149475','149364','149365','149366','149238','149239','149112','149113','149032','148790','148791','148501','148702','147788','147663','147664','147567','147491','147492','147401','147402','147334','147215','146945','147008','147068','146843','146565','146468','146673','146363','146269','146270','146271','146172','146059','145977','145875','145876','145758','145759','145760','145699','145640','145528','145434','145166','145088','145040','145167','145041','145168','144969','145042','150046','150047','150048','150049','150050','149927','149928','149929','149849','149765','149755','149575','149481','149482','149483','149484','149485','149371','149316','149174','149035','148930','148852','148684','148685','148686','148505','148506','148507','147757','147667','147668','147669','147571','147517','147407','147358','147195','147196','147197','147198','147073','146968','146847','146873','146677','146608','146476','146368','146369','146275','146276','146226','146199','146061','145981','145880','145881','145764','145765','150091','150092','150093','150094','150095','150096','150097','150098','149965','149967','149966','150099','150100','149968','149969','149970','149971','149972','149973','149974','149975','149865','149866','149867','149976','149977','149829','149830','149831','149832','149833','149766','149759','149760','149834','149835','149734','149735','149736','149737','149738','149739','149740','149741','149761','149742','149603','149604','149605','149743','149606','149607','149608','149609','149542','149543','149610','149611','149612','149525')