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Meet the Rising Stars: Isaac Menge

(December/January 2018) posted on Thu Dec 20, 2018

Isaac Menge thrives within the fine details and artistic elements of his work.


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By Kelsey Johnson

Isaac Menge
Founder | Lady Lazarus Press | Houston
Age: 33 | Years in the Industry: 14

Words of Advice: “Collaboration, tolerance of alternate views, and the willingness to accept and learn from those around you can only lead to the success of all. I believe a strong, inclusive art community is a conduit for new ideas.”



Isaac Menge first pulled a squeegee in 2004 and has been pushing the limits of screen printing ever since. Menge initially partnered with a fellow musician/printmaker to open Pedal Printing in Buffalo, New York, specializing in hand-pulled prints for national and international touring musicians. He eventually relocated to Houston and joined Night Owls print shop as print partner, further solidifying his reputation as a rock star in the gig poster market. Menge went on to open Lady Lazarus Press in 2012, where he screen prints for the fine art, collectible film, and music poster industries with his wife, Aleisha Bayron-Menge, “a multitalented artist, illustrator, and professional framer.”  

How did you get your start in specialty printing?
I ended up in the screen printing industry by mistake, as a drummer out of work. After high school, I entered an engineering science program at Alfred State College, playing music with my peers in local punk and indie bands in my free time. We were always looking for a way to produce merchandise on the cheap to help pay for a few hours in the recording studio or fund a tour. I said to my bandmates, “Let me give this a shot – I might be able to do this from my basement.” They laughed and said we’d need to hire a professional. 


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