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Meet Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff of All Star Press Chicago

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff.

Sports fans who love art and art fans who love sports can rejoice as Chicago’s first sports art gallery is now open in Logan Square. All Star Press is a new retail space and gallery in Logan Square dedicated to spreading their love and desire for printed material, with a focus in the world of sports, music, and fine art. They are driven by a constant emphasis on quality making each one of their prints an All-Star.

All Star Press is run and operated by Zissou, a designer, and printmaker based out of Chicago for the past decade. Along with being one of the most prolific commercial screen printers in the country. Zissou made his mark in the Chicago art scene when he founded Galerie F in 2012. With All Star Press Zissou hopes to spread his lifelong passion for sports and create affordable, accessible sports art for fans worldwide.

Tasseff-Elenkoff has combined his experience running various businesses with his love for illustration and print media to create a new store, gallery & e-commerce shop devoted to honoring the creativity of sports through posters, shirts, pins an more.

“All Star Press is an ode to my sports idols, new and legendary. It’s an extraordinary feeling to be able to fuse my passion for art and sports in a way that others may also share my enthusiasm. I’m really looking forward to growing this new body of work over the upcoming years and becoming a fan all over again” comments Zissou.

The England native graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and started his screen-printing business, FugScreens Studios, over 11 years ago making gig-posters for local bands, major artists, and businesses all over the world. Most recently, Zissou teamed up with Nike/Jordan brand to illustrate and screen-print posters of all 29 original Air Jordan shoes.

Working with the mecca of sports apparel and traveling to America to attend Phillies games as a kid since he was 4 years old, Zissou had all the inspiration he needed to start up All Star Press.

Has it been a smooth road?
All star press is my second retail space in the past 5 years and so I’ve learned a lot since my first space Galerie F, but you can never learn enough. it has undoubtedly been the hardest 5 years of my life. being a working artist, printer, store owner, business partner and a single father isn’t easy, especially when you are doing it all on shoestring budget. That said I wake up and get to do what I love every day, though sometimes its hard to keep a good perspective when you are in it every day. running any business is hard but when it’s yours it never ends. the work doesn’t stop at 5 pm is round the clock, constant.

I think the hardest challenge with any creative business is trying to keep up with all the competition, trying to do something no one has done before or show people a new way too look at something they have seen a million times, keeping it all interesting is hard.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
All star press is acts a retails and gallery space for the work that Fugscreens studios produce along with being the only print and art store in Chicago devoted to sports and athletics.

Fugscreens produces prints and printed materials for artists all over the globe, part design studio part illustration part production facility and art gallery we do it all at FUG and ASP. having been in the design and gig-poster community for over a decade Fugscreens has been a staple in the art Chicago art scene for a long time, bring you Galerie F and artists like JC Rivera, mosher street art and dozens of other muralists, designers, printers and illustrators alike.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Chicago is a great place to start a business with a big city environment but the laid-back atmosphere of the Midwest its slightly easier to set up here than in NY or London for instance. It’s slightly more affordable and not as competitive which can make it that much easier to get your foot in the door. I think sustainability is always an issue with any business, how to grow and stay relevant.

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fugscreens studios

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