Big Mess is a short-form periodical published by Clatter Press in Columbus, Ohio. Each issue features images and words from creative collaborators inspired by a theme. Big Mess’s mission is to grow Columbus’ risograph printing scene and to familiarize the art and design community with all that riso printing can do.

Subscribe to Big Mess for $45. You’ll receive four issues of Big Mess annually, plus the occasional poster or miscellaneous printed surprise.

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Risograph printing makes images by pushing wet ink through a rice-paper stencil onto paper. It’s cool because it’s rarely perfect. The soy-based inks used are low-VOC and require no solvents or chemicals for cleanup. Get to know riso at

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