What is PaperFin?
PaperFin provides a clean, non-toxic, simple and highly effective way to print your fish using inkiness technology. The service is modeled after the ancient Japanese art form "Gyotaku" which translates to "fish rubbing".
What can I print?
PaperFin focuses on printing fish. We invite you to print the fish you want to keep before the cleaning and filleting process or print the fish you would like to release before throwing it back. Keep in mind, you do not have to print the entire fish. Tail, sail and bill prints provide great and memorable keepsakes of your catch as well and are recommended for the catch & release fish.
What comes in the kit?
The printing kit consists of a cardboard protective mailing tube, 3-4 sheets of 22.5" x 34.5" sheets of paper, 1 packet of cleaning gauze, 2-4 towelettes for printing, 1 hand sanitizing napkin, printing instructions and prepaid postage to mail the print to Framebridge in the cardboard mailing tube.
Is it safe? Can I eat the fish after printing?
Contents of the PaperFin printing kit are non-toxic. No significant adverse effects are expected if ingested and the contents should not be considered food. We recommend maintaining sanitary conditions before, during and after the printing process. Disclosures can also be found on the back of the instructions sheet included in the kit.
Yes, we encourage you to eat the fish after you print it. We recommend rinsing clean and filleting the fish after printing. Please keep the fish in a cool or refrigerated space until cooking.
Can I print a live fish and release it?
Yes, our process is non-toxic but the instructions differ and please be prepared to print in a timely manner so the fish does not spend much time out of its natural habitat. Skip "Step 2" in the instructions so you leave the protective film on the fish for its release back into the water. We recommend printing the tail, sail or bill of the fish for a higher success rate of a usable print.
Where can I buy a kit?
Kits are available online and with select fishing stores, bait shops, resorts and marinas. See the current list of retailers on our Order page. Or order online from us!