John’s print shop has been a local mainstay of letterpress printing in New Orleans for the last 20 years and is now the longest running and oldest in the city. In this time, he has printed for thousands of New Orleanians, and mentored hundreds of printmakers and artists. You may know his work through the Mardi Gras throws he prints every year, or through one of his political prints posted around town, or through a wedding invitation or business card he printed for you.
In December 2020, John was forced to relocate from his longtime location on St. Bernard Avenue because the building was sold to developers. He has found a new studio location on Franklin Avenue in an old factory, a building without insulation. Money from this fundraiser will allow John to pay off the expense of heavy equipment moving (6000 lbs of letterpress equipment across town); to repair his C&P printing press, Heidelberg printing press and guillotine cutter; and to make necessary building improvements to his new studio space.
John Fitzgerald, in film:
BONUS TRACK! John in his own words:
About John, from his community:
Sara White, Alluvium Press: John always shows up for the community. He doesn’t just print for local fledgling businesses and offer generous discounts to anyone in want of his services, he actually shows up. Whether that means attending meetings to help plan the New Orleans Bookfair in its infancy or engage with social justice groups, he is genuine in his desire to make the New Orleans community a just, safe, and more beautiful place for all.
He taught me the meaning and value of the democratic multiple and how powerful it can be. He has a true gift for setting type into phrases that aptly and succinctly hit the mark.
He doesn’t appear to have an ounce of the competitive spirit when it comes to his business, and often invites us fellow printers/artists to use his space and equipment when needed because he is genuinely excited about others’ projects.
Jessica Peterson, The Southern Letterpress: John has been the fairy godfather of New Orlean’s print culture for many years. He is always amazingly generous with his time and resources, and is a printing mentor to us all. His work is also a fundamental part of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras tradition. Many people have his work from this on their walls, but don’t even know it is HIS! He has embedded printmaking as an essential part of the artistic language of New Orleans
Tyler Harwood, Planetary Magnetics Press: John’s thing is his non-stop focus on social justice issues. I bet for every paying job he does one for nothing. He would never just go out and ask for money. He would do this for nothing other than the opportunity to make the world .00000000000000000001% better for .00000000000000000001% of the population of .00000000000000000001% of the planet.
Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer: John is a New Orleans culture bearer and should be supported as are more recognized, famous, and out there NOLA culture bearers.