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Email: chuck@ironforgepress.com - for Chuck Loose

Phone: Call 954-551-0894 to leave a message but e-mail is the very best way to reach us as
we will have you e-mail us anyway after calling you back. Meeting in person or at the shop is
by appointment only. E-mail to set up a time.

Address: We are located 617 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Website: www.ironforgepress.com


 
Customer FAQ

Want to order your own shirts, posters, or have another printing project for us? Email us at info@ironforgepress.com with any questions or comments about your project. You can also visit ironforgepress.com for our pricing and services information. If you would like more news about the Forge, check out our blog!

What Methods of Payment Do You Accept? We accept all electronic payments through PayPal. You can pay with your credit card through the PayPal site whether or not you have an account, and it’s quite easy to set up. Money orders and personal checks are also accepted, but items cannot ship until your check clears. Also, items paid by PayPal eChecks will not ship until PayPal clears the funds (usually this takes 4-6 days. If you have questions about online payment through PayPal, just contact info@ironforgepress.com for assistance.

Do You Ship Internationally? Yes, we do take overseas orders. For these orders shipping is calculated after an order is placed to ensure the best deal for both parties.

How Long Until My Items Arrive? Iron Forge items usually ship within 3 business days of order placement (For online store orders). If this is not the case (for example, if Chuck is stricken with wolverine AIDs and can’t get to the Post Office), you will be notified immediately. For custom projects, shipping is handled on a project per project basis.

What about Wholesale or Custom Orders? Many of our posters/products are available for wholesale purchase by retailers. Send us a note at info@ironforgepress.com for assistance.

Free Domestic shipping for Iron Forge Online Store Item Orders. We take care to make sure your order arrives to you in the best possible condition by packaging each poster in a stay-flat reinforced cardboard envelope. A confirmation will be sent to your email when your item has shipped. Timeframe for packages shipped domestically is 3-7 business days from deposit at Post Office. Timeframe for packages shipped internationally is 7-14 days from time deposited at Post Office. For custom projects, shipping is handled on a project per project basis.

How Is Shipping Calculated? Our shipping rates are very reasonable. For domestic orders from our online store, we pay the shipping. Can't beat that with a stick. For foreign orders, we simply quote it for how much it cost us, not a penny more and send it on its way. You never pay handling fees at Iron Forge. For custom projects, shipping is handled on a project per project basis.

What Is Your Return/Refund Policy? We offer a refund/return policy on the full price of the item if it is unused and in saleable condition within two weeks of ship receipt. We do not refund shipping. We reserve the right to deny returns if the item has been worn or used and is no longer in new or saleable condition. If your order is damaged in postal transit, we will accept the return if our packing is to blame. These situations of course, must be dealt with on a customer by customer basis.

What forms of payment do you accept? We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or regular account payments all through PayPal.

How secure is this store? This store uses PayPal for payments, and PayPal automatically encrypts your confidential information in transit from your computer to ours using the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) with an encryption key length of 128-bits (the highest level commercially available).

Do I need a PayPal account to purchase from this store? No, you are not required to have a PayPal account to purchase from this store. Although if you already have a PayPal account you may use it. 

 
Get to Know Us.

Education (Schools attended):
School of hard knocks and various other institutions. Ian and Basilio were both kicked out of art school (Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute and Rhode Island School of Design, resptively). Chuck has worked in graphic design or commercial art his entire life, starting in high school, except for two years when we worked at the Sizzler on Commercial Boulevard.
 
When did you start making posters?
Although we’ve all been doing posters individually for years before we connected like Voltron, Iron Forge Press opened in late 2005 and our first project was a Detroit Cobras poster and our first T-shirt order was for Blowfly, the originator of dirty rap. Since that time we have printed all sorts of wonderful things. Chuck has been making gigposters, starting with DIY punk rock flyers, on his own since 1989, at which time Basilio and Ian were still wearing Transformers pajamas and taking showers with their sisters.

Why do you choose to design and/or print posters?
Music inspires us more than anything else, so applying our skills to creating poster art was the next logical step. Chuck has been in bands since the 90’s and still plays drums in various bands. Ian owns a couple record labels and is in a band as well, while Basilio is one of the founding members of death metal band RM, and has been programming beats for years. Designing and printing posters allows us to be creative in a way where we can interact directly with other designers, musicians, management, labels, promoters, and collectors all while doing what we love to do. It integrates us into music on a variety of levels and grants us the opportunity to create cool visual projects for some of our favorite artists.

Influences (cultural, geographical, people, movies, books, etc.):
Some of our influences include Jim Phillips, Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Andy Warhol, Kool keith, Jack Kirby, HipGnosis (the british design company), Simon Bisley, Burzum, Shep Fairey, Dose Green, Robert Crumb, Banksy, The Rza, Comic Books, Video Games, Pollo Tropical, Pilon, Art Chantry, Bullfinch’s Mythology, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Milton Glaser, Discharge, Chas Adams, David Carson, Pablo Picasso, Big Baby Jesus, Ron English, The Ramones, Pantera, Heavy Metal Magazine, Kung Fu movies, Ed Roth, terra marie, LOL cats, cool old printing, House Industries, Hikaru Iwanaga, Pushead, Stefan Safmeister, Das EFX, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, and Bruce Willis, among others.
 
 
Preferred medium / method (how do you make your posters?):
We employ a variety of different methods, depending on the specific project…our favorite method is Screen-printing. But we also create artwork that will be reproduced via digital press, giclee, offset press, pad printer or any variety of ways. Typically, we discuss the general feel and concept that we think might work, and one of takes the lead for that specific project. The other two of us offer opinions and ideas and help further develop the project via illustration or design work where necessary…and then we print it! For screen-printed posters, each one is hand pulled by a human being. Not unlike the legendary Voltron, we think working together like this gives us the best of both worlds; the ability for each of us, as individuals, to focus on a specific element of the project, but also the freedom to get objective opinions that we respect and trust.
 
 
Can you describe any noteworthy relationships or encounters with bands / musicians you’ve created posters for?
One time the girl from Nashville Pussy said “nice poster” plus, my mom likes all the stuff we do so that's pretty cool. And in addition to those sunny reviews, we’ve also gotten the “great poster” and “thumbs up” from Mars Volta, The Foo Fighters, and Wu-Tang Clan, among others.
 
Is there a poster you are particularly proud of? What is it and why?
We all concur that the posters for Mars Volta, The Police, and Dream Theatre are among our strongeset work, and showcase our skills at their best, if just simply for the fact that they LOOK BADASS, and properly communicate the bands personalities… we also all feel that our best work is still to come . If anything, doing a cool poster means the bar is raised and we want to do something even COOLER the next time around.
 
What are your thoughts on the poster community?
The world of creating Posters is an intimate community that we are totally stoked to be a part of. From our first few projects we had been welcomed with positive comments from the community and have been afforded kindness and respect from both artists and collectors. Likewise, the work we see coming out of other shops and from other designers is always inspirational and pushes us to keep trying and learning. 

 
Live Events/Trade Shows
You mean you guys actually leave your office and warehouse?
The world is a big place, and we rarely venture out in it. But when posters, shirts, art, and music come together, we try to show up and say hello. We have a few events to attend in October and November in South Florida the details of which are still being finalized. But if you happen to be at such an event, look for our epic skeletal warrior banner hanging from our merch table, and come say hello!
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