melissarachelblack's Shop Announcement

Jan 13: Featured on Etsy's blog! What an honor. Thanks!

AUG 1: Awwww yeeah--thank you to those who participated in the ROOM TO READ sale yesterday! The 20k goal has been reached AND MORE! That means 2 libraries will be built :)

If you missed the sale, become a fan on facebook and you'll be in the know next time with the rest of the SUPER ELITE ;).

***VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAY! Win fifteen cards from my 2013 series. Just click "share" and comment on the latest post at ***

SALE TODAY 7/31: Save 50%, and 50% goes to the Room to Read Charity!

Today really is going to be legen... wait for it... dary.

What's this all about? Well, my favorite author, Tim Ferriss, is doing something SPECTACULAR for his 34th birthday: He's building a library for underprivileged children overseas via If he raises $20,000 at by TONIGHT 11:59 PST July 31, 2011, he will foot the bill for another $20,000.

His book, the Four-Hour-Workweek has influenced my life directly, and this shop would not exist today if I hadn't read it. It has inspired me to really define my dream life (live everywhere, connect with amazing people, avoid getting a job and make money with my passion for letterpress & design) and make it a reality. He is bribing us to spread the word, and its a great opportunity to spread some goodness in the world. I know I wouldn't be where I am today without the ability to read.

So, I'd like to chip in--this brand new card is dedicated to Room to Read, and if you order it (or any other cards) in my shop until 11:30 PST (need some time to make the donation!) use coupon code ROOMTOREAD at checkout and receive 50% off, and I will donate 50% of your purchase to the cause. And since you're gonna have at least an extra $2.50 in the bank, what better way to spend it then by donating it directly to Room to Read at Many small things add up to some great ones.. don't be afraid to donate even $1.

Spread the word (facebook, twitter, carrier pigeon, craigslist, strip tease for charity, etc) so the next generation of little ones can grow up reading & appreciating slutty gangster rap/internet meme cards. Er, I mean so that they can read Nietzsche and Plato.


***JULY 20, 2011 Update: Everything is back in stock after the huge rush from the feature on Cool Material--thanks so much for your continued support! There are also 2 totally new cards--"You's a motherfucking p-i-m-p." and "The back of your head is ridiculous."

***JULY 9, 2011 Please Note: Due to the overwhelming traffic I received from the feature on this week, both "Damn, you's a sexy bitch" and "Go shorty its your birthday are on backorder and orders placed now will be shipped next week. Also note that they will be a second printing: either an almost identical silkscreen version, or a slightly different but equally or more awesome design with the same text printed in the original letterpress method. P.S. Thank you SO MUCH Cool Material! Such an honor!***

***June 27, 2011: NEW! Check out the sexy new facebook page and website. Be a fan on facebook for updates & special discounts for gangsters such as yourself at ***

Gangster-rap, letterpress greeting cards by Melissa Rachel Black, aka Ye Olde Gangster.

This shop is a small, one woman effort. Everything you see here is created by me, Melissa Rachel Black. I love making things, and if you like what you see, I'd love it if you could share a link on your facebook, twitter, or email to friends who you know would feel the same.

See all of my work at

Places you can find my art:
Cool Material
Urban Outfitters
The Presurfer
The Militant
Schmap Paris
Leeds Student
The Scribe
Matchbox Magazine
Luxemburg - Germany
Good Times
Fish Rap Live!
City On A Hill Press

Thanks for stopping by!

***Please note: As of November 2010, I have relocated from California to Germany. All greeting cards are available for immediate shipping in my new home, so please feel free to order & they will be shipped within 3 days. If you'd like to order any other item, please message before purchase. Thanks!***

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.