Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer that loves type, teaching, and putting ink on paper. Sometimes he turns what he prints into books. His work explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth tellers and rabble rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work—from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Amos Kennedy. He learned a lot about design at Washington University in St. Louis, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with great mentors and increasingly consistent practice.
Ben loves to print and make books. He’s taught adults, kids, high school students, and undergrads in a variety of settings. Reach out if you’re interested in a class or workshop.
Ben is available and loves talking to groups, students, and student groups about his work, letterpress, and the creative process. Contact him here to have him talk to your class or group.