It’s the result of an unlikely threesome, but 3D printing + topnotch illustrator Andy Rementer + a historic Italian microstate known best by philatelists (avid postage stamp collectors, dummy) = a fantastic new stamp collection that can be best described as omigodomigodomigod. Actually, “gah!” was the exact expression I used when I first laid eyes on them.
I’m hardly alone in my love of Rementer’s childlike work, a style he’s applied not only to illustration, but also painting, sculpture, and his consistently funny Techno Tuesday comic strip, as well as a slew of impressive client work for folks like The New Yorker, the New York Times, MTV, Urban Outfitters, Warner Brothers, and Apartamento. But the fact that San Marino, the aforementioned microstate, is turning to young illustrators to create designs for its famous stamps—which make up a whopping 10 percent of its annual economy (from stamps! That people don’t even send!)—is pretty hip for an industry that dates back to the 1870s, to say nothing of their progressive choice of subject matter (I mean, for a stamp).
Get ‘em here before I buy every single sheet.