A Prairie Village man with a passion for photography and entrepreneurship has mounted a new venture that might just start popping up on living room walls in the near future.
Five years ago, Bryan Azorsky, a design and product professional, saw a promotion for a set of nine square refrigerator magnets that you could customize with your favorite photos from Instagram. A few years later, Azorsky was impressed by the quality of larger photos that his partner Ben Gasser was able to put on metal. “What if you could have a cool array of metal photos like that refrigerator magnet set I bought that were big enough for a wall?,” he thought.
So Bryan started tinkering with ideas for easily mounting the metal photo prints Gasser made through a process called sublimation. After a year of trial and error, Azorsky perfected a technique that uses a combination of round magnets and adhesive strips, with spacing made easy by the use of a unique mounting tool.
“This way we are avoiding creating any holes in your walls and it’s super easy to install and make level,” Azorsky said. “From the beginning, we wanted to make it easy for people to create a set of images, or as we like to say, ‘gallery’ for their home.”
He and Gasser now sell the metal prints and hanging system through their new company, Tin Man Prints. You can take a look at the product and hanging process here:
Azorsky and Gasser have already met the original funding goal of $3,200 they set out through a Kickstarter campaign to help expand their operations, and have now raised the bar to $4,500.
For the past 13 years, Azorsky has helped run Bagettes, an online vendor of custom photo cosmetic bags he co-founded.