Sunday, January 26, 2014

One Direction Without Autotune


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

We're Pooped

Things have been really busy here in the Old Tom Foolery office. So busy that we almost missed this visitor and his generous offering to the OTF staff.

Thank you, Frederico, for gracing us with your beautiful process.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Booty Man

Well, friends, it's been about 100 years since our last post, but we were waiting for just the right thing to share. Something epic. Something life-changing.

That thing has come. And, trust us, it was worth the wait.

Turn up your speakers. It's time for "Booty Man."

Thanks to Benny Bjerken for the hot tip.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Twin Cities peeps: Old Tom Foolery seeks intern!

We're looking for an extra pair of hands to help out around our very casual Southwest Minneapolis office once or twice a week. Duties include putting cards into plastic sleeves, packing orders, and providing general operational support to help keep things running smoothly.

This Intern position is unpaid, but it does have its perks: you can watch TV while sleeving cards (not just any TV—cable TV!), chit-chat with a fun group of co-workers, rub the belly of our goofy office dog, learn the inner workings of running a small business, and of course, help yourself to free Old Tom Foolery cards.

Hours are flexible, but we would prefer a total of 10-15 hours/week spread out over Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Fridays. We are happy to fill out paperwork for school credit, if applicable.

To apply, send an email and/or résumé to and tell us why you’d be a good fit. (Please, no phone calls.) We’ll follow up via email to schedule an interview with a few qualified candidates.

For more information about Old Tom Foolery and our “Unsappy, uncrappy cards and curiosities,” check out our website at

Thanks for your interest!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Movember Madness

We love facial hair.

That’s why we’re shaving ours off.

For the month of November, the Old Tom Foolery team will be joining millions of other stache-lovers in participation of Movember, a worldwide event that asks men (and women) to sprout their fanciest mustaches to raise awareness and money to fight men's health issues. Movember asks participants to start clean-shaven on November 1st, then proceed to wax, groom, and comb their lip-jungle into a proud piece of art for the rest of the month.

In celebration of Movember, we're releasing a limited-edition “Field Guide to Typestaches, Volume 2” poster just for our fellow face-fuzz fiends.

A second take on our original tag-team with designer Tor Weeks, this hot-off-the-press print features 30 all-new typestaches. Each poster is screenprinted by hand with metallic gold ink on 80lb black paper.

And here's the best part: for the entire month of November, we’re donating 10% of all Typestache sales to the Movember cause. Visit our website for more info.

Want to join the fight but Typestaches aren’t your thang? No probs. You can donate to Old Tom Foolery’s official Movember page RIGHT HERE. (You can also view a gallery of each team member's mustache progress.) Your tax-deductible donation will help promote men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.

Thanks in advance for helping us give prostate and testicular cancer a swift kick in the nuts.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Web gems galore

It's Thursday, which is as good a reason as any for us to share a few videos (or "vids" as the kids say) that have been tickling our collective funny bone around the office lately.

(WARNING: The first and third vid may or may not be safe for work, depending on whether or not your boss has a sense of humor.)

Okay, first up, the Sexy Sax Man:

Next up, a talented crew of Twin Cities kid-rappers with their catchy hit, "Hot Cheetos & Takis":

And last, but certainly not least, Australian-British comedian/musician Tim Minchin:

Thanks to Andy, Kelli, and Jen, respectively, for the hot tips.

Alright, back to work, everyone.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Come say hi (and place a huge order) at the NYIGF!

Are you a wholesale gift buyer? Are you going to be in NYC this weekend? Do you think our stuff is funnier than the bees' marginally laughable knees?

If you answered yes to all of those questions, come visit us at Booth #4245 at the NY International Gift Fair from August 19-23. We've got show specials and are unveiling a brand new line of letterpress coasters called Cocktail Notes!

If you visit our booth, you'll get a free half-dozen cards with any order over $200! What a steal!*

*A steal that comes with any order over $200.

And if you visit our booth and say the word "rhubarb," Joel will do a dance for you. (We haven't told Joel about this show special yet.)

Thanks, Old Tom Fools! Hope to see you in The Big Apple!

Extra! Extra! Big News from OTF

We're excited to introduce COCKTAIL NOTES—a new series of coasters guaranteed to make boozing even more fun.

Cocktail Notes, Vol. 1
Cocktail Notes, Vol. 2
Cocktail Notes, Vol. 3
These letterpress-printed coasters look like classic cocktail napkins, but with a twist: they each feature a unique, handwritten one-liner from humor writer/international man of mystery S.H. Carlyle.

Cocktail Notes are perfect to hand out as conversation starters at parties, give as hostess gifts, or share with anyone who likes to drink and be merry.

Read more and order from our website, or stop by Booth #4245 at the NY International Gift Fair to see the real deal in person.

Party on, Wayne!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Baby bump photos gone horribly, horribly wrong.

The folks over at World Wide Interweb have published their list of The 50 Most Awkward Pregnancy Portraits Ever. All we can say is wow. Just wow.

A few of our favorites:

See all 50 photos right here.

Thanks to our in-house web sleuth, Kelli with an "i", for the hot tip.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

We got into Harvard!

It's true! We've been accepted to Harvard. Well, the Harvard Book Store, to be exact--but still, it's pretty cool, right? They'll be carrying our Footnotes and Headlines cards this holiday season.

I just hope the dude below *thinks* he finds a grammatical error on one of our cards while browsing in the book store and then attempts to humiliate us in a Harvard bar--only to be humiliated himself by our wicked smart buddy, Matt Damon.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympics special report: Stop the ponytail insanity

Is anyone else frightened by the sheer tautness of Olympic gymnasts' ponytails? Check out how this girl's entire face is being yanked back by a vengeful barrette:

And this poor kid's ponytail is pulled so tight, I think her hairline's starting to recede:

As an unofficial sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games, it is Old Tom Foolery's position that the International Olympic Committee needs to crack down on these senselessly tight ponytails before someone gets hurt. If you agree, sign our IOC petition by leaving your name in the Comments section.

Together, we can save these flexible little heroes from the agony of painful ponies--and, perhaps more importantly, protect the viewing public from being exposed to all those super-stretched-back faces.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Meet Kelli. With an "i."

While we were super sad to lose our good friend (and phenomenal employee) Jen to a new career opportunity last month, we've been incredibly lucky to fill those giant shoes with perhaps the nicest person in the history of the planet: Kelli O'Keefe.

Kelli comes to OTF from a little store you may have heard of called Anthropologie, where she used to be an Assistant Store Manager. (Incidentally, Kelli is also the owner of an extensive Anthropologie wardrobe, making her, hands down, the best-dressed person in the office every day she's here--and making Lauren extremely jealous.)

A former intern at the world-famous letterpress shop Bruno Press, Kelli came highly recommended by the company's candid owner Mary Bruno. When checking references, we asked Mary to tell us about Kelli. Her response? "Kelli's the shit. You'll love her." We hired her the next day.

When she's not busy being the jill-of-all-trades for OTF, Kelli is also a freakishly talented illustrator. Her artwork is influenced by children's stories, and she's using her new part-time schedule to focus on growing her freelance illustration business. If you have kids, and you really love them, then you'd commission some of Kelli's custom art just for them. Check out her work at

In all her spare time, Kelli enjoys running marathons with her new bionic legs, planning her wedding (slated for next year), watching sci-fi movies, and admiring men with ponytails.

Welcome aboard, Kelli!
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