- Under normal circumstances, shipping of your order is likely to take place within 2-3 business days of when you place your order, but may take up to 3 weeks, depending on how busy we are with printing and how many current orders we have. Your patience is appreciated. You can always contact us at ORDERS@THEBIRDMACHINE.COM to inquire about the status of your order.
- Expect slight delays in the packing and shipping of your order during the current coronavirus pandemic, as we're trying to minimize the number of trips to the Post Office.
- If your order hasn't arrived within 4-7 days after you receive your shipping confirmation via email, please call your local Post Office. Most of the time, "lost" tubes are sitting at the Post Office waiting to be picked up by the customer.
- Expect possible delays in the shipping time of your order during the current coronavirus pandemic, as USPS is understaffed.
- Orders placed through our site using Paypal will ship to the address associated with your Paypal account. If you realize you've made a mistake and have an old address linked to your Paypal account, please write us immediately and we will TRY to correct the situation. Ultimately, we can only be responsible for shipping to the verified address linked to the customer's Paypal account. Please check before placing your order.
- For posters only, there is a flat shipping fee of $9 within the United States (plus State Sales Tax for Illinois shipping addresses). For International orders of posters only, there is a flat shipping fee of $23. Books, postcards and other oddly-sized non-rollable objects have to ship separately from posters, and will require additional shipping fees.
- International orders (outside the US) are shipped valued at their retail value for insurance purposes, unless specifically requested by the customer, in which case the customer accepts the risks of sending uninsured or under-insured packages. Customs fees and tariffs imposed by your country of residence are solely the responsibility of the customer, and can't be paid by the Bird Machine.
The Bird Machine Bio
Jay Ryan learned about screenprinting from Steve Walters at Screwball Press in late 1995, where they worked together until 1999, at which point Jay started The Bird Machine print shop in the basement of his apartment building. Jay's initial clients were his friends' bands, his own band, and the clubs where they played. By stumbling into the right place at the right time, he fell in with a new movement of screenprinted poster makers across the country and around the world.
The business grew slowly and organically, with the gradual addition of printing assistants and an office manager. For five years, the printshop occupied a commercial space in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, before settling into a permanent home in quiet Skokie, Illinois.
Jay established a reputation for hand-drawn text and a computer-free design process. His prints aim to attain the same goals as other concert posters, but using raccoons and toasters instead of skulls, breasts and hot rods.
From 2002-2007, Jay served as Vice President of the American Poster Institute, a non-profit group which manages the successful FLATSTOCK series of poster shows.
Jay now draws and prints daily, and often travels to conferences and universities to show and speak about his work.
Jay lives in Evanston with his wife and daughter, one cat and one dog.