When we ventured into the East Village to find the infamous John Casey from Casey Rubber Stamps, we had no idea how fascinating his shop would be.
Living in the digital age, it’s easy to forget the craftsmanship-centric practices of yester year, which is why it’s great to see Casey Rubber Stamps thriving. This impressive shop stays true to stamp mastery by keeping ties to its old-fashioned techniques that started in the late 1700s.
In an interview, John Casey details his stamp-making process as transferring images into negatives, plating them, and exposing them to high-intensity UV light. Once it dries, it becomes a mold pressurized with rubber. This results in one of the 15,000 handmade rubber stamps that passes through Casey’s workshop. His 35-year old process is the main reason why hundreds fans from all over love this shop.
To say this shop is filled with stamps is an understatement. Casey Rubber Stamps is a walkable catalog showcasing thousands of wooden rubber-plated stamps and dozens of colored inks. From dancing bears and crying elephants, to fried eggs and ketchup bottles, Casey’s has everything. These quirky things vacate every inch of the interior’s walls.
Casey Rubber Stamps shop may be small, but the stamps produced here are of great quality (and quantity). If you’re looking for impeccable detail and fast turn-around, check out this stumple-upon — it’s so good, we even got our own stamp made.
Casey Rubber Stamps
322 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003