Meet the Maker: 14er Posters
Climbing a 14er is a Colorado rite of passage for some and a regular hobby for others - and no matter what category you might fall in, 14er Posters has a sticker or poster for you. Founder Blair Hamill, a Colorado native who climbed his first peak at age 16, creates prints and stickers featuring the state's awesome 14,000 ft+ peaks and other notable landmarks like Red Rocks. We're also excited to see the new "rocking" 14er hats and shirts that Hamill will be showcasing at Holiday Flea!
what does your brand mean to you?
14er Posters is about so much more than prints on a wall. Colorado features incredible natural beauty which draws residents and visitors alike to explore our state and experience that beauty first hand. The common thread that connects us in that experience is the story we return with – like the first time you scrambled to the top of Bierstadt or the hail that turned you back on Bross. 14er Posters wants to be a centerpiece to those stories and compels hikers from all over to share their own tales for years to come.
first product you created?
A bumper sticker for two friends who climbed all of Colorado’s 14ers -- Fourteener Finishers.
how has your brand evolved over the years?
Our brand evolves from our customer’s personal stories. Their stories and memories lead us to explore new heights and views. 14er Posters art attracted the interest of the City of Denver and Red Rocks. We now sell posters of Red Rocks at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Ski area posters are becoming the next popular series in our expanding line of posters and are available this holiday season. We continually roll out new lines of posters at ColoradoPosters.com.
why do you do what you do?
Growing up in Colorado, backpacking, climbing my first 14er, Mt. of the Holy Cross, at 16 and working on trail crews in Colorado for several seasons instilled a deep love and respect for the Rocky Mountain region. Through creating art, and offering it to others, we can all share in the beauty of Colorado’s great outdoors.
what was your inspiration for starting your brand?
Mixing love for hiking in Colorado with my professional life working as a graphic designer, the poster idea struck!
what's the best part of your day?
Every day is great, either hiking to new vistas, talking with others about Colorado’s peaks and places, or designing artwork featuring amazing locations in Colorado.
best part about being a colorado maker?
The customers that support locally-made products are fantastic to interact with and the maker community in Colorado is awesome. This group of creative makers have amazing locally-made products and are willing to share ideas and information.
on the denver flea wish list:
The Crestone Peak 20x30 poster, because it was the hardest 14er we've climbed to date and are pretty proud of it.
Follow 14er Posters:
QUICK FACT #1
People share fun/scary/inspirational stories of their climbs when purchasing posters for their walls.
QUICK FACT #2
More than 300,000 climbers attempt Colorado’s 14ers every year and our posters commemorate their experiences.
QUICK FACT #3
14ers are Colorado’s semi-official “summits of love”. Hundreds of poster purchasers have regaled us with stories of engagements on their summits.