Dark & Somber Greetings is a black metal greeting card company based in Los Angeles, CA. We asked co-owner Courtney Frystak to give us a little background on their dark entries in the world of Hallmark.
Record stores like Vacation Vinyl and Amoeba have been down with us since the very beginning and have always carried all of our cards without question. They welcomed every design, no matter how offensive. There’s a chain of stores in Utah (Graywhale) that just bought every design of our cards for all 6 of their stores. Who knew people would be into Dark & Somber in Utah? It’s pretty cool. Honestly, when i read the email, the first image that flashed into my mind were a group of Mormons gathered around a burning pile of our cards, laughing and rejoicing. We have realized that there are people like us everywhere.
We started making cards pretty much because we were restless and knew we had a good idea that didn’t exist yet even on a small scale. Farron would make digital images for our friends for their birthdays, or photoshop funny pictures of animals in corpse paint. There was a serious lack of cards for our demographic that didn’t have a hipster mustache or a little bird on it. So we decided to make cards we would buy and knew other people would buy them too.
We’re not sure what the future hold for us as far as Dark & Somber Greetings goes. We’ll definitely be creating some more cards and we also talk about making other things, so we’ll see. It’s all fun for now, and every time I meet someone who loves our cards it reinforces why we did this in the first place - to offend people’s moms.