Q&A: Chris Kingston Director, Fingerprints Design and We Fly Drones

Jo Francis
Monday, February 22, 2016

You might recognise Chris from his recent appearance in illusionist Derren Brown’s Pushed to the Edge TV show, where we’re happy to report he refused to push a man off a building to his death. Phew! Chris is approaching the big 3-0 and has been in the print game for about 10 years.

After leaving university he took a driving job at a local printing company while looking for a ‘proper’ job, and the company then cottoned on to his design and graphics skills. Bingo! Four years ago Chris and a colleague set up on their own having spotted an opportunity in digital print. His other venture is aerial photography firm We Fly Drones.

What is your nickname?  

‘Ginge’, ‘Kingston’ and others that are probably not suitable for publishing 

Why did you get into printing? 

As a stop gap before I tried to get into the advertising industry doing digital animation, but it’s a decision that has lead to great things

Who would play you in a movie about your life?  

Domhnall Gleeson or Jesse Eisenberg

What is your dream bit of kit?

Landa W50, Océ Arizona 6170 XTS and Zünd G3 digital cutter

What is your favourite saying? 

Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine 

What is your favourite album? 

Currently, Whispers by Passenger 

What is your greatest luxury in life?

Time to spend with friends and family

What is the strangest job you’ve had?

Because of the name of my company, we once had a guy come in who literally wanted us to copy his fingerprint. After explaining we weren’t a fingerprint recognition company the guy was still adamant that he wanted his fingerprint copied, so I said all we can do is take a photocopy. He seemed happy with that so I put his hand on the glass of the machine, did a copy. He paid, said thank you very much and left. Very strange indeed

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with? 

Stephen Fry, Derren Brown and Bear Grylls 

Who or what makes you laugh?  

Russell Kane

What piece of kit would you like to see invented?

A machine that could print full colour (plus white and UV) permanent tattoos onto people’s skin from digitally supplied artwork. Also, as we do vinyl garments, I would love to see a machine invented that could weed vinyl as it cuts

Most embarrassing moment?

Watching myself in utter fear/stress on national television recently

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Anything my mum used to dress me in as a baby, those photos are terrible

Which superpower would you like? 

The ability to fly

Where would you go if you could time-travel?  

The Jurassic age to see if all the dinosaurs were as they look in all the films

What was your childhood obsession?

Space and becoming an astronaut 

What is the worst kind of print?  

90% coverage posters being run out of a CAD plotter

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?  

Managing to secure the print and all the signage work of a well-known garden chain

How would you like to be remembered?  

As someone who would always help another if I could

Life is…?  

What you make of it. Don’t be scared to take chances and always trust your instinct


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