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Q&A Dale Hopkins, Dunedin Print
here was fun, but there was a
very fine line between
bastardry and cruelty and fun.
All apprentices were
indoctrinated, the thing in the
photoengraving industry was to hold
the male apprentice, actually they never
got me, I was always too big or too fast
or something, but they would get you
somewhere and two three or four of
them would hold you down, pull your
pants down and with a big shellac brush
which was filled with purple dye with
methylated spirits and shellac dissolved
and paint your genitals, that is
underpants and pants would be covered
in this blue dye, and I always found that
quite a cruel thing, and when I became
a senior apprentice I made sure that it
didn’t go on where I was around. It was
such a horrific experience some of the
people didn’t come back, when they
were shellacked. And a lot of the
tradesmen had been emotionally
scarred through World War II and they
were quite violent. A couple of my
senior tradesmen were quite violent
men. They would fight you and the first
thing they would normally do (not all of
them, but a couple of them) would
make sure they asserted their authority
from quite early in the piece. When
they first came from high school they
would generally get a hiding at the first
possible opportunity and from there on
you would have respect for them. That
was obviously the wrong thing to do but
it was common in my industry.
Dunedin Print’s Dale Hopkins thinks
the Australian cricket team might
follow England out of the World Cup.
We could never concur with that.
Why did you get into printing?
I was a builder in a previous life and
did my big OE. I returned to Dunedin,
it was the middle of winter -2°C in the
mornings with a wind chill of -5°C. My
father, who owned Dunedin Print,
asked me if I wanted to join the family
business or if I was going to go back to
building. I took one look at the frost
on the scaffold pipes outside and said
‘Dad I’m your man... give me a nice
warm of fice please’. Little did I know
my first assignment was in the store
that was still around -2°C lol.
What is your favourite phrase?
Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!
What would be your dream job?
What TV show are you watching at
Banshee – it’s a light hearted show
with lots of good feeling moments. I
also like to flick onto the shopping
channel just to see if I can get a
glimpse of Chick Norris and Christy
What is your greatest luxur y in life?
A round of golf every second
Wednesday afternoon with the fellas.
Who or what makes you laugh?
Well, recently I had a chuckle with
England getting knocked out of the
Cricket World Cup
before the knockout
stage. I think the
Aussies should cancel
the next Ashes test
series and play a team
that can beat them...
If you didn’t work in
print, what would
you be doing?
I’m a traveller at heart,
so I’m sure I would be
sitting at home
dreaming of travelling.
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