Christina Klemkowski, 31, is a professional screen printer and owner of Yell Yes Screenprinting.
"This is funny but it was actually an autocorrected text message that made me come up with the name 'Yell Yes'. I sent sort of a racy text message to my boyfriend and his response was 'yell yes' but it was an autocorrected version of 'hell yes'. I had been looking for a name for the business and a few days later we were talking and I said to him, 'Hey, what did you think about that text the other day?' He told me that he couldn’t get 'yell yes' out of his head. I couldn’t either and it just sort of fit exactly what I felt about my life at the time. I was really obsessed with the idea of just going for things in life and just not saying no and yelling yes to everything you want to do in life."
Klemkowski shows off a shirt designed for her family's restaurant back home in the beachside of Delaware.
Klemkowski sports a self-made shirt that captures her daily routine: Rise, eat, design, burn (prints), print, sleep. Followed by repeat, repeat, repeat.
Klemkowski has since traded in her career in the restaurant business, both as a server and as a manager. She has since traded slinging drinks for slinging ink with specialized squeegees such as these.
"When I was at Scarlett’s (Scarlett O’Hara's), I had a really hopeless feeling. I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t a college graduate so I didn't know where to go from there. There were a lot of times that I was really burnt out and just hopeless. Totally hopeless."
Klemkowski found herself in a position where she was drinking heavily with fellow restaurant workers and no longer enjoying her party lifestyle. She admits that she has become almost compulsively organized since she stopped drinking.
Since this change, Klemkowski has become immersed in her craft, creating an independent production studio for Yell Yes. Here is Klemkowski in her "dark room" for developing film cartridges for prints, which is housed in her studio's bathroom.
A screen created from Klemkowski's own design, a product of mathematical and chemical composition.
"If I wasn't screen printing, I have no idea what I'd be doing. When I quit my job, I totally had no idea. At the end of the day, I would have taken a couple months off and went to another restaurant. It just happened super organically out of the stenciling. I was in restaurants for a very long time."
Following a large commission for prints for Coastal Realty for St. Augustine's 450th Anniversary, Klemkowski remains hopeful for what the future has to hold after a fruitful year as a first-time business owner.