- About Us
Ditch Ink was originally started in Montauk, New York in 2002-- just a stone's throw from a surf spot of some repute called Ditch. Our founder, artist Peter Spacek, was on the beach watching several beginner surfing enthusiasts, when it occurred to him that surfing etiquette had not, as far as he knew, been put into writing. So he wrote a simple illustrated guide to the basics, printed five thousand copies, called it Wetiquette, and named his new enterprise Ditch Ink.
Peter had frequently drawn surf themed Christmas cards for friends and family (a few, surprisingly, found their way into The Museum of Modern Art's card collection) and after some encouragement he compiled them and more into a sales catalog. Wetiquette had been warmly received, but the cards were an even bigger hit! We now have over 100 designs, have a full-time art studio in Eastern Long Island, and ship all over the world. In 2014 we did a second publishing of Wetiquette that includes updates about SUPs and expanded our business to include Surf & Mirth, our new card and tee division.
All of our greeting cards are printed in the USA on recycled paper using soy inks and wind power. Our tees and sweatshirts are super soft, high quality and made in the USA when possible -- our apparel and gift items are created and printed by us in our Long Island studio. We hope you enjoy our products and have a few laughs on us.
Thanks for seeking us out!
So that's our story. We'd like to thank all of our early supporters, Doug and Lars at Main Beach, Heidi from Hansen's in Encinitas, Susan at Laguna Drug in Laguna Beach, Cardiff Seaside Market, B on Main in Ventura, and many more. If you have a shop and are interested in carrying our line, we'd love to talk. Or if you're wondering where you can get the cards locally, give us a call, we'll point you in the right direction or order them right here! We appreciate all input and will try to keep the yuks coming.
Email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org'd love to hear from you. Any card ideas will be seriously considered and if used, we'll give you credit and a Ditch Ink swag bag.
For more info on Peter, check out his page on Facebook/Peter Spacek Art or Facebook/Ditch Ink and on Instagram/surfandmirth and peterspacekart or just google him.
Call or text us at 631.807.2582 or 619.997.9474
Peter and Arden