Alexis "Lex" Monson and Santiago Prieto are the husband-and-wife team who created Punkpost. The idea for Punkpost first took root when Santiago was in Boston, about to present to a room full of bigwigs. Before going into the meeting, a "Good Luck" greeting card arrived to his hotel from Lex. Santiago was touched by the thoughtfulness, and after his meeting wanted to deliver that same feeling of delight back to Lex with a handwritten card. He quickly realized that sending mail wasn't all that simple. He couldn't find a card he liked. He couldn't find stamps. He couldn't even find a pen. It simply wasn't possible for him to send back the effect he received.
The two decided that it should be easier to deliver happy and encouraging moments, even when you're short on time or resources. And in 2014, they started testing the idea of Punkpost. Since then they've each penned thousands of cards.
Punkpost makes sending handwritten cards fun, effortless, and empowering. We bring back the little something that gets lost in translation in a tweet or a Facebook message. There's no denying that the receiving a handwritten message with cool art, confetti, and photos is magical and cuts through the communication nosie. Your words might be the same, but, with a Punkpost card, emotions are amplified tenfold. And sure, if you had the time, you personally would go store by store and find the perfect card, find a stamp and run the card to the post office. But sometimes you don't and you still want to let someone know you're thinking of them. So Punkpost is here to help you send you that message... with a whole lotta oomph.
Communication at its best is human. With its imperfections and all. Be it a card to your daughter, a card to your boss, or a card to your good friend, these moments are important. So no, we don't use fonts or robots to try to replicate penmanship. We actually get a pen out and care for your message. There is high-tech stuff involved for you to send us your order, but the outcome has real, human personality and authenticity.
More than a boutique card store in your pocket, Punkpost is a community passionate about helping people connect. It is hand writers, artists, programmers and designers who love their craft. Scripting is in the hands of talented people throughout the US who practice good penmanship and enjoy taking time to write your messages. Cards are designed by hand-picked artists who find creative freedom with letterpress printing. Every time you send a card, know that you're sending artwork by the likes of Lauren Hom, Alena Lavdovskaya, Jess Levitz, Camille Chew, and Sara Combs.
We're a young community with high hopes. We are fed by teenage angst to understand the role of tech and non-tech in our world. And we want to do it with the raw, realness of rock and roll. If you'd like to get involved, please contact us.
After spotting her patterns on Instagram, we absolutely had to have a Sara Combs' collection. Not only did Sara create our 100 Days of Patterns cards (based on SF-inspired themes) but we enlisted her design firm Hexagon (co-founded by her husband Rich) for our latest Punkpost redesign. She lives a dreamy desert life in Joshua Tree.
From a young age, Kristen changed her handwriting depending on her mood. Spending her youth deciding what type of "A" to use made her a type fanatic. She loves writing in different styles that suit the occasion. Kristen is a firm believer in the power of a hand-written card. While penning your message, she's likely listening to Nat King Cole.
Risa Culbertson, known as Papa Llama, is a big proponent of what she calls the Slow Communication Movement. Not only did she grow up writing letters to friends and still sends weekly handwritten cards to her bestie, but she hosts Handwriting Saturdays on the regular in San Francisco.