How Ink Is Made

Printers often speak romantically about getting ink under their finger nails. I always say that if you’re getting ink under your nails, you’re doing something seriously wrong.

Ink Making, like Editing, is one of the less-sexy Book Arts, often overshadowed by the Holy Trinity of Papermaking, Printing, and Binding. Well, now The Printing Ink Company in Ontario sexes-up its image with this fascinating, interesting, and beautifully-shot film that is well worth eight minutes and fifty-two seconds of your time. And note how few of these men are wearing gloves—and how clean their nails are.

—Michael Russem