Lucky Mule's founder Courtney Callahan attended college at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque NM. He studied many forms of print making there, but focused on Etching, Lithography, Mono Printing and Screen Printing. He began printing shirts for some of his friends bands for extra money, and the seeds of Lucky Mule were sown. After college he moved to San Francisco and helped form the Psychic Sparkplug in 1994 with Orion Landu, Ron Donavan, Chuck Sperry and Stew. Together this group helped launch the screen printed rock poster revival. In 1995 Courtney broke off to form what is now the Lucky Mule based in San Francisco till 1999 then moved to Oakland, CA where we still operate.
Lucky Mule is a custom print shop making T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Windbreakers, Posters, Totebags, Hats, Stickers and more. We can take your logo and print on just about anything. If you don't have a logo we can design a logo for you no problem. We have two 6 color rotary presses as well as a flat stock printing press. For T-shirts we typically use plastisol oil based inks, but can print discharge and water based inks as well. Posters inks are all water based but we can print oil base if requested.
Some of our clients both past and present include: AC/DShe, Queens of the Stoneage, Melvins, Hardly Stricky Bluegrass, The Hives, Gearhead Magazine and Records, The Rodders Journal, Zepperella, Lucky Thirteen Bar in Alameda and SF, Toranado Bar, The Faction, The Demonics, Hellbillys, Pacific Pinball Museum, Acid King, Boogaloos, Faction Brewing, Frightwig, 500 Club, La Barbacoa, Rouge Moving and Storage, The Augurs, Hipline Dance Studio, Sequoia Dinner, Crossroads Cafe, Caitlin Hackett, Cruz Skate Shop, Kountry Kittens Burlesque, Americana Mayhem, Slim Jinkins, psycotic Pineapple, Archer Bicycle, Mom's Tattoo SF, The Glitz, Hammerlock, Those Darn Accordings, Mad Maggies, Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers, Blackwulf, Lecherous Gaze, Eastbay School for Boys, Porch Fest Nappa, Unsane, Cutthroats 9, Wildcat Clothing, Flipper, Ace Motorcycles, FEAR, Thrill Kill Kult, Spearhead, Tribe 8, Black and Blue Tattoo, Alameda Tattoo, Slughter by the Water Fest, The Uptown, Slims, Great American Music Hall, The Trashwomen, Hilride, Goodby-Silverstein & Partners, Ideo, Tiki Oasis, Devilettes, Teaseorama, Lincoln Middle School, Orange Kettelbell Club, United Barbell, Huck Gee, Gama-Go, Shabnam Bellydance, and so many more.
We also design, print, and sell our very own line of clothing and posters under the same name all over the world via this retail website and we wholesale to various retail stores as well. The designs in our collection are inspired by 50's pin-ups, Tattoo Flash, Hot Rod Culture, B-Movies Poster Art esp Horror, Sc-Fi, and Kung Fu genres, Big Daddy Roth, Comic Book Art, Carnival Midway Art, Von Dutch, Hatch Show Prints, Rock N Roll and Punk Rock Music, Rock Art Posters, War Propaganda Posters, Art Nouveau, Pulp Book Covers, ect... We do alot of our own design work right here at the Lucky Mule head quarters, but also contract out art for our line as well. Some of the artist we have worked with include Mitch O'Connell, Alan Forbas, Dirty Donny, Reed Punk, Frank Lopez, Chuck Sperry, Wotto, Bruce Gosett, Daniell DeMuro,Jamie O'Dell, Dane Brown, Caitlin Hackett and Ali Norman.