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Meet Jason T Graves of Apollo Ink Printing – Arts & Branding in Boulder and Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason T Graves.

Jason, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always been involved with art, I started my formal training at a very young age and continued my art education through College. I worked as an intern at Chicago’s Anchor Graphics, while I earned my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shortly after I graduated, I moved to Boulder and started my career as an artist and printmaker. I began by working as a screen printer for a few years at a couple of local shops and then established Apollo Ink Printing and Graphic Design in 2006. I have spent the last 14 years co-owning and operating Apollo Ink, I just recently took the opportunity to purchase the business outright from my long-time partner and friend. Apollo has brought me many great opportunities and allowed me to be creatively active in many different ways. Because of my work and the network I built at Apollo, I became a part of an artist’s collective that ended up painting many murals together over the course of a few years.

I was in part responsible for the concept development and produced the majority of the designs as well as contributed to a large portion of the planning and production of the mural projects we completed together. Eventually I left that collective group to focus on solo mural commissions and other art & design projects. Shortly after, I began to also work collaboratively with one of those artists, Remington Robinson under the business name of Covalent Art. To sum it up. I got to where I am today by being patient, focusing on the development of my printing business, allowing my artistic and creative skillset to grow and mature. In turn that helped foster the opportunities that allowed me to prove myself and become established as a visual artist.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say that it has been smooth or rough. The road I have traveled has just been a long one. There, of course, have been some struggles along the way, but nothing outside of what could be considered the normal growing pains of owning a business.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My businesses are all different creative outlets, most notably the large scale murals and visual art that I offer. Apollo Ink is a custom screen print shop that primarily prints on garments and other related items. Other than providing quality printing, I think Apollo Ink specializes in helping our clients build their brand identity while educating them on the processes and strategy of merchandise production. I believe that I’m known for a high level of quality and for having a real commitment to my craft. What I’m most proud of is having happy clients that are proud of what I create for them. What sets me apart from others is that I don’t tell them my secrets.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
It’s hard to say what my proudest moment is. It’s probably the moment(s) when I realize that I’m able to make a living from doing what I’m interested in and or what I love to do.

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