Ashford Stamper’s experience lies primarily in the world of print and he prefers to work with tangible, tactile things. He earned his BFA in design with an emphasis in illustration from Missouri State University and has worked as a photographer’s assistant, a letterpress printer, and most recently as art director for The Pitch, where he was responsible for more than 150 covers. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustrators, Coverjunkie, and Newmanology.


Kearney, MO, birthplace of Jesse James.

Creative Hero:

Alan Fletcher, Tibor Kalman, “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

Last job pre-TOKY:

Art Director for KC’s greatest alt-weekly, The Pitch.

Go-to publications?

McSweeney’s, Nautilus, PRINT.

Recent project I’m proud of:

Shift, Test Kitchen & Take-out.

Favorite typeface:

Hoefler Text.

Chiefs or Royals?

Don’t make me choose.

Favorite song, album, and artist?

“Bad Company” by Bad Company, from the album Bad Company.