A little bit of Fingers Duke history
In the dog days of summer, 2010, Derek Gress responded to a call from a local business owner in Bremerton, WA in regards to the possibility of working in a new screen printing shop. Upon arrival at the scene, Derek was surprised to find a fellow graduate from Northwest College of Art and Design, Joe Towey, had also been summoned.
The local man explained that he had recently invested in a shop full of screen printing equipment, and was looking for some young talent to make something of it. Instantly there was lightning in the eyes of Joe and Derek, and after several hours of swapping ideas and brainstorming possible names, Fingers Duke was born in the heart of downtown Bremerton.
It was tough at first, as neither of our young heroes had much experience organizing and running a business, but with much persistence and continued awesomeness, (and the slaying of many a zombie horde) Fingers Duke has become a force to be reckoned with.
The Fingers Duke Team
Derek is the shop boss and a super cool dude. He is very smart and definitely a trekkie and if you don’t think Mad Max was excellent you can just get out of his face. He has two tiny cute dogs that are better than most tiny cute dogs.
Sam is awesome and also not afraid to tell you that papyrus sucks! She loves cats, Titanic, and you can win her goodwill by bringing offerings of london fogs, beer, or tacos. And seriously, don’t make her use papyrus. Ever.
Jessica is a professional cool shit maker, and the fastest vector slinger in the west! She loves her family, denim jackets, and a good game of Jenga. When she’s not at Fingers Duke you can find her scouring local thrift stores for hidden gems or naked baby oil wrestling on Thurdays.
Nicole is an internet badass and can make you also seem like an internet badass. She technically doesn’t work at the Duke anymore but her new business is a best buds with FD. Check out her work here and be sure to tell her Fingers Duke sent you!
Rufus is a super cool dude who has a super cool dog named Eddie. You can find him and his beard doing super cool stuff in his off-time. We’re not sure what he does exactly, but it’s super cool. (Rufus is not to be confused with the automatic press, which is a literal printing machine.)
Gabe is a detail-oriented curmudgeon who will make your screen prints look bitchin’. Just don’t force him to interact with other humans that are not us. He doesn’t like that. Actually, he doesn’t like us most days either. It’s not personal.
Chuck “Chuckles” is an inventory warrior and assists with all the little things that are crucial to making the shop run smoothly. She’s wicked fast at screen cleaning and folding muthafuckin shirts. When she’s not at FD you can find Chuck on the Play Station Network trollin n00bz.
Mikus! He’s tall like a ficus! (it rhymes okay) Don’t forget to water Mikus twice a day or he will wilt to half his size (you know, normal people size). Not only is Mikus a screen printer, he also swings about a bass guitar like the eccentric madman he is. Mikus likes kittens, rice and beans, and majestic sunsets.