I've only done a few "stressed" fonts (fonts created by taking scans or bitmaps of traditional type and whacking 'em repeatedly with a lead pipe), but I remain fascinated by the artform (an artform often dismissed as artless by some creators of pure-math type). Living in Austin, where live music is a very serious part of the local culture and economy, I see new posters for local bands plastered on walls, posts and other surfaces nearly every day, and the kinds of people who make bar-band posters love a good stressed font. So do I!
Nicotine Stains is the result of continual exposure to these things, I guess, and what amounts to a dirty little thrill from seeing nice, clean, symmetrical type thrashed and mangled. I regard myself as a knight in whatever army opposes the symmetrical and regular things in the world, a champion of the rumpled, the worn, the comfortably lived-in and casually discarded. Nothing makes me more nervous than visiting the house of somebody who keeps the plastic wrappers on their lampshades. . .
Nicotine Stains is a full keyboard set with my usual smattering of extended characters thrown in. Advertise your band today!
If you're interested in licensing this font for public or organizational use, email me at and be sure to specify the font's title. I'll respond with instructions.