Thursday, November 25, 2010

No Means No Means Printing

Here's some photos of the printing session for the No Means No poster.  I also printed a small run of just the design itself, without any of the text.

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Both the gigposter and artprint version will be in very limited supply (less than 20 of each version), and there are no plans for these to be sold at the Leeds gig.  If you are interested in one, get in touch and I'll see what I can sort out...

Thanks for watchin'!

Poster Roast Leeds

A little late in sharing these, but here are some snaps of the Poster Roast exhibition which took place alongside Constellations Festival.

I managed to catch a few of the bands (highlights for me were Liars and Chickenhawk) but by far my favourite band of the night were Les Savy Fav.  I managed to take a few photos of the good stuff.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and had a look through the posters, bought something, or just stopped by for a chat.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Let's hear it for lists!

The phrase "Lists Make Life Livable" is something I've had written down in my sketchbook (and, funnily enough, my ideas list) for a while now, just waiting for me to do something with it.

It's something of a platitude* but it really is true. I cannot function without lists.  I have lists written on the back of envelopes, lists on my iPhone, lists on post-it notes stuck to my desk, lists on virtual post-its stuck to my desktop... etc. etc.

Often it's not simply a case of me being unable to remember things unless they're on a list, but rather that the physical act of writing/typing the thing down is what reinforces it and allows me to remember it.  PLUS, it's also really satisfying to tick, strikethrough, highlight or otherwise complete something on a list.

As a sort of experiment, I decided I would submit this little piece as a Threadless shirt design. I sort of find it funny when people go on a mad marketing crusade asking people to vote on their shirt designs, since I don't feel voting actually sways whether or not a design gets printed. Threadless have a very successful business model and I'm sure they're more than capable of picking out designs on their own.

It is a tricky one, though, as I certainly feel Threadless shirts, while not adhering to one visual style, do have a sort of specifc 'light heartedness' that makes them a Threadless shirt. Trying to tap into that can be somewhat hit and miss. 

Does this illustration seem like a Threadless shirt?  I kind of hope so, but who knows? As mentioned, more of a fun experiment to see how it does. I'd like to think the moustache helps.

Lists Make Life Livable - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Let's hear it for lists!

* Thanks to my friend Andy for providing me with this word when I asked, "What's the word for saying something obvious and passing it off as clever?"  It's a great word.  Designers use platitudes all the time.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Poster Roast Leeds

Look at that massive C there.  It's massive.  What does it mean?

It means Poster Roast is coming to Leeds, of course, in conjuction with Constellations Festival taking place on Sunday, November the 14th, at a few different venues here in Leeds.

Not only can you watch such awesome bands as Les Savy Fav, Chickenhawk, Broken Social Scene, Liars, Four Tet and many others, but you can now also peruse an exhibition of gigposter designs from some of the very best poster maker people in the UK.

There will there be posters for sale, and you can also meet many of the artists themselves. Look at their faces! Peer intently at the back of their heads, in an effort to understand why, why, why, why... Feed them treats directly into their little hungry mouths -- but remember, FLAT PALMS, or they'll nip.

I would like to think that the exhibition element of the event is free to access, but in all honesty I don't really know.  I'm pretty sure there are windows to peer in through, though.

If you require more information you could always try and dredge something out of the pretty but ultimately completely fucking inaccessible website they have set up here: http://www.constellationsfestival.com/  

I was hoping to find a page containing all the useful exhibition which I would like to give out to potentially interested parties, but I can't find anything, and I've given up.  I no longer care.  I'm really looking forward to watching Les Savy Fav and having a beer.

Monday, November 08, 2010

NoMeansNo

Poster and flyer design for Canadian punk rock super legends NoMeansNo, who are one of my absolute favourite bands.

The design is a reference to the song The Tower from their 1989 album Wrong which contains the lyrics:

"From a burning building, a man leaps to his death,
I stand above these mansions of the dead,
Red tombs and above us looms, The Tower!

I see a tower against the sky, Beneath a red unblinking eye."

For ticket information about this gig (which you should absolutely strive to attend, at all costs) swing by here.

I aim to screenprint a very limit amount of these as souvenirs of the gig, but will also be doing an art print version of the design, without the band information and other text. Watch this space!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Black Keys

My silkscreened poster for Ohio 2-piece The Black Keys.  This was for their Liverpool, UK gig on 6th Nov 2010.

The shape of the landmass on which the buildings are sitting is the shape of the state of Ohio.  The speech bubble says 'Welcome to Akron' and is (roughly) where the city of Akron sits in Ohio.

Akron, where the band hail from, was a boom town in the 1800's and a hotbed of many industries, which is what I've tried to capture in the design.

This was available from the gig but can now also be purchased from my online store: armyofcats.bigcartel.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Garden Grow music video

I recently did some work on another music video, this time a Broken Pixel production for Bella Union band Our Broken Garden.

As well as providing a tiny bit of concept art, I lent a hand decorating the set and painted the thorn bushes & foliage you can see in the background.

Watch the video here.

Ashley & Kevin Roper (along with assistance from Ash's parents), did an amazing job of building the set and creating the wonderful props and creatures which inhabit it. The shooting of the video saw the arrival of comrades Danny North & Tim Blackwell, whose experience behind the cameras helped bring the whole thing to life.

I was lucky enough to spend a few hours on set and watch a handful of shots unfold - see some of the 'making of' photos on Flickr.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Poster design for 'Carrot Cake Soup' a short film by the Folkman Brothers.

Carrot Cake Soup is adapted from a short story by Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade fame and will be appearing as part of the forthcoming LA Comedy Festival.  You can watch the film online here.

I'm very pleased to have done further work for these guys - not only are they a talented pair, but they're a pleasure to work with and I'm sure their hard work and positive approach will continue to lead them onto ever cooler successes. Good work lads.

www.folkmanbrothers.com

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Currency of Opportunity & Exposure

Here is an email I received today. It being my birthday, typically a day associated with the giving of gifts, I decided I would furnish the sender with a generous reply. (Pesonal information has been removed.)

Hello
My name is __________, I am from midlands band _________. We recently won the surface unsigned competition at the london indigo O2 where we beat 12000 bands to first prize. All three judges gave our band 16/16 in the judging criteria.
we have won a pr deal, a full days photoshoot, a single release, a press release to 55000, online banner deal, radio backing and a slot at the sziget festival in Budapest to 390,000 people plus more.

The one thing we did not win was a design package. we are currentley looking for sponosorship from a designer/design company to help us design everything from tshirts/flyers/posters/website/myspace/cd artwork/press pack. anything at all, obviousley on each part we can make sure you are well advertised. we will also being doing a press release early next year to 55,000 so we can make sure the sponsorship is advertised there also. This is a great opportunity for anyone involved.

we are extremeley proud of our band, we are working as hard as possible to take it all the way to the top

We will be releasing a single and video with believe digital and zimbalam and we will begin our PR campaign and send out our press release in march 2011.

kerrang radio have featured us as there unsigned band of the week, radio presenter for kerrangs unsigned show Alex Baker has already championed us on his show “they are up there in one of the best live bands I have ever seen” and he will also be backing us with our release.

BBC introducing midlands (The Beat) have Agreed to back us, they will receive first play of the single and we will be doing a live video in there studio to coincide with the single release which will go up on there website.

Idol magazine, London, will get first play of the video on there online magazine, there have an impressive 200,000 online readers every month.

We already have a hardcore fan base with a 900 fans on face book, rising everyday and 2000+ fans on Myspace, over the next few months we will be taking our show nationwide to help raise awareness of the band and the forth coming single. We plan to do a tour just after the release in march.

If you feel you want to help us in anyway please contact me.

Thanks for your time
_________

call me on: ___________

Sent from my iPhone

Hello _______,

Thank you for the summary of your band's achievements. I agree, it is a real shame that a full design package was not included in your impressive list of prizes.

Sadly, I'm afraid I am not in a position to provide my services to you for free.

Unfortunately, I have discovered, quite shockingly, that opportunities and exposure don't really get me very far in fiscal, real world terms, although let me assure you it's not for want of trying:

I was quite convinced I was onto a winner when I approached my Mortgage Provider and proposed that they buy me a shiny new house in return for me proudly stencilling their logo onto the external brickwork of my new abode, making sure that every passerby knew who was generously sponsoring me with the provision of shelter and lodging.

"I know loads of people," I explained, "I will definitely put in some really positive words about you when we have friends round for dinner or if someone delivers a parcel. I'll even hand out business cards or flyers. Think of the exposure!"

Keen to expand on my initial idea, I also planned to approach my local supermarket and ask for free food and provisions -- my wife is a great cook, so I expected them to jump at the chance to have their ingredients associated with some truly delicious meals.

With all the money I would be saving thanks to my generous food and shelter sponsorships, I realised I probably wouldn't have to work anymore and so decided I would like to take some time off to go travelling around the world. Think of all the people and places I would see! Think of the exposure potential! It seemed only fair to share this kind of monumental marketing opportunity with as many businesses as possible.

My next goal, of course, would be to find not only a clothing company excited to reap the rewards of providing me with all my travelling essentials, but also travel companies, hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping centres, safari parks, luxury retreats, and basically every type of commercial service imaginable, all ready and willing to lend a hand.

Just as I had come to the conclusion that it would, in fact, actually be quite rude of me to exclude anyone at all from what was clearly an entirely win-win situation, my dreams were promptly shattered.

BEHOLD! An unrelenting deluge of replies from my would-be sponsors, all seemingly colluding together in their unified and resounding choruses of: no, negative, nada, absolutely not.

...

Do you see? Despite all the magnificence of my planning, I had neglected to consider one, simple thing: respect.

I had forgotten that to truly appreciate the value of a thing, one has to show respect to the passion, craft, blood, sweat, tears, and above all time that goes into it's creation. When one genuinely values and respects something, they understand the importance of not asking someone to give that thing away for free.

On that day, despite my glorious plan having burgeoned, bulged, and burst into sad little ribbons, like the gastric band of some greedy obese man, I had at the very least learned a valuable lesson.

And so here we find ourselves.

What a sad state of affairs things are nowadays, with our celebrity-obsessed culture of handouts and get-fame-fast schemes; of manufactured Saturday Night entertainment wrapped up in the guise of talent contests; of overnight online success stories, publicity stunts and marketing virals; of double rainbows, and the coming apocalypse, and the 'cats-and-dogs-sleeping-together' mass hysteria of it all.

What a shame when one man suggests to another man, without the faintest hint of sarcasm, that he might feed, shelter and clothe himself and his family with the suggested currency of opportunity and exposure.

Sorry I can't help you on this occasion _______, but I wish you all the best with the band - and I do genuinely mean that. The music biz is a tough old game these days when you're looking to be appropriately rewarded for all your hard work.

Yours sincerely,

Graham D. Pilling

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Flatstock EU 5

This year might have been my favourite Flatstock so far. Thanks to everyone who bought prints & posters, supplied beer, fun and good times, or was involved in the organisation of this fine event in any way, shape or form.

See you next time.

Myself, Luke, and Jeremy (whose photo I stole).

Exhibition Stuff

Artcrank London - I was absolutely blown away by the attendance to the show's opening night. Not only was it busy with people drinking and socialising but people were actually taking a real interest in the art and actually purchasing prints to take home seemed to be highly encouraged.  Fantastic stuff and a big thank you to Artcrank and Look Mum, No hands for all their fine work.

You can see photos from the opening night here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyouel/

The editions of my print which I supplied for the show are actually very close to sold out, so you can also now purchase from my Online Store.

Rockers' Original - Some of my original pen and ink drawings appeared in this exhibition taking place recently at the Feinkunst Kruger Gallery, in Hamburg.

The exhibition featured the original art from gigposters and had an impressive list of contributing artists: Tara McPherson, Diana Sudyka, Jay Ryan, Mara Piccione, Senor Burns, Justin Santora, Lars P. Krause, Mark Pedini, Guy Burwell, Luke Drozd, Casey Burns, Graham Pilling, Michael Hacker (Atzgerei), John Howard, Gary Houston, Fritte, Bongout, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Dan Grzeca, Tim Lotz, Nicks Rhodes and Derek Hess.

Thanks to everyone who came along to view and buy the work (both my pieces sold) and special thanks to Ralf for putting the whole thing together.

RUMPFEST

In just under a fortnight's time a rather grand musical event will be taking place at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.

RUMPFEST is an allday beer and music festival brought to you by the fine WYSAS (Ents. Div.) folks and features an absolutely great lineup of bands and artists. Just feast your meaty eyes on these:

For more information, including band descriptions and ticket bleat, visit the WYSAS Blog or the handy Facebook event page.

See you there!

Out of the Woods shirt design

I was asked by the lovely folks at Out of the Woods cafe in Leeds to design a t-shirt to commemorate their soon-to-be-opened new shop.

They often get referred to as simply a 'Juice Bar' when they actually also do really amazing sandwiches, soups, sushi, coffee and other good stuff so I wanted to make sure this came across clearly in the design.

The men's shirt is is a 2 colour front print and also features a logo on the back left-hand-side. I'm really pleased with how these came out!

I imagine they will have these for sale at some point soon - definitely swing by if you're in the Holbeck/Water Lane area of Leeds. (Secret Super Insider Tip: try the Breakfast Smoothie with Blueberries).

 

Squeegee! - Die Siebdruck Bewegung

Another very pleasant surprise at this year's Flatstock occurred when the delightful German gent Senor Burns swung by the booth of Luke and I and presented us with copies of a book he has produced: Squeegee! - The Silkscreen Movement.

I had actually sent Berny my content thinking it was merely going to be used as part of an exhibition he was putting on and completely unaware that it was going to be published in such a great looking (and smelling) tome. I was blown away by the quality of the book.  Senor Burns, I salute thee!

The book is full colour and features around 28 artists from around the globe, but with a particular focus on the Europeans.  The text is in a mix of English and German (educational!) but the main focus of course is the lovely, lovely work on show.

I don't currently have any of these for sale but if you happen to be interested, drop me a line and I'll procure some. I know it would look pretty sweet on your bookshelf, coffee table or prison cell bunk.

Cool story, bro...

It is something of a tradition for Flatstock artists to create a poster for the actual Flatstock event itself, as sort of a souvenir and something which can be traded with other artists.  The great thing about Flatstock posters is that they can often be a great vehicle for poster-nerd in-jokes or other absurdness which wouldn't usually fit on an actual band poster.

With a mixture of pride, humility, and a not unpleasant tingling strangeness I present Dan Macadam / Crosshair's recent Flatstock Europe 5 poster, featuring the 3D Glasses-wearing face of yours truly. Interestingly, that is Chris '3D Glasses' White with his arm around me while my mortal enemy Luke Drozd looks on, like a jealous sod.  Honored indeed!

Dan is a very skilled screenprinter and also a genuinely very nice chap - you should absolutely go look at his amazing work here: www.crosshairchicago.com

Flatstock Europe 5

Flatstock Europe is once again upon us.  Taking place in the Reeperbahn district of Hamburg, Germany, as part of the annual Reeperbahn Festival, FS-EU is a choice poster-artist retail and exhibition exposition, which the public at large and general 'crazies on the street' are most certainly encouraged to come along to.

There will be drinking.

See you there.


ArtCrank Ahoy!

Just another reminder that the Artcrank London exhibition is kicking off this Friday -- I'm looking forward to hanging out with some of my London friends as well as meeting a few new people.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Updatey-Dumpey

Three updates today, you lucky so-and-so's, as for some reason my Posterous feed wasn't autoposting to the Blog...

While I've fixed this now, and service should resume as normal, it is worth me pointing out that the best way to keep up to date with my work is to use my Posterous feed:

armyofcats.posterous.com

Cheers!

Artcrank London

I am very pleased indeedy to be involved in the first Artcrank London exhibition, taking place in a couple of weeks.

Artists from around the globe will be contributing bike themed poster art, all of which will be affordable to fans of both bicycles and posters. I still don't know any of the other artists involved, but if past Artcrank shows are anything to go by there will most certainly be some recognisable names and some amazing work.

For my contribution, I decided I wanted to depict, not just a bike, but the land and environment in which bikes are most at home. For me, riding a bike is inextricably linked to the British countryside and the idea of getting away from civilisation for a while. I spent countless hours in my younger years riding nearby chunks of greenery, such as The Penine Way and though these days I mostly use my bike to commute to work, I certainly like to get back out in the countryside when I get the chance.

This will be a 3 colour Risograph print (my first time trying out this medium), approx. 15" x 9" in size and limited to an edition of 45.

The opening night is taking place on Friday 17th September at Look Mum, No Hands in London.

I'm not yet sure if I can attend myself but, if you are nearby, this really shouldn't be a factor in you making up your own mind to pedal on down to what will no doubt be a wheely good time.

Sorry.


The Army of Cats Guide to Twitter Annoyances

I am an avid Twitter user, I think it's great. 

Twitter allows you follow a constant stream of information on whatever subject matter interests you; to connect with like-minded individuals; to get involved with new projects; but most of all to be able to do all this in a concise and manageable way. Mostly.

Sometimes, though, Twitter makes me grumble like a cranky old man. For no real reason other than to get them off my chest, here are the things that I grumble at the most:

1. Direct Messages are not a replacement for email

Though this list is by no means in order of magnitude of annoyance, this definitely deserves to be mentioned first.

Direct Messages are a handy means of passing on information to a specific individual without it cluttering up your main timeline of tweets BUT they aren't actually a very effective means of correspondence.

If someone DMs me about something that requires more than 140 characters worth of discussion, then I will politely request that they drop me an email (and of course provide my email address). Why? Because I don't want to be bound by the 140 character limit, and because I like to have my work/project communications all in one place, and because I use Gmail's various little tools to organise my work, AND because having to send multiple DMs back and forth is just bloody stupid!

On a few occasions now, I have made a polite request to switch the dialogue over to email only to have the other person completely ignore this and continue to send further DMs, usually asking questions that cannot possibly be answered within 140 characters.  I've actually had one DM-athon where I requested that the other person email me THREE times, before I eventually gave up and simply stopped responding altogether.

I am utterly baffled by this behaviour.

2. Attempting to use Twitter to instigate in-depth debate

Similar to the above, this basically boils down to understanding what Twitter is good for, and what it is not good for.

The denizens of the Twitter universe can be very knowledgeable and helpful. Sending out a tweet saying, "Hey guys, where's a good place to buy novelty hats in London?" will no doubt inundate you with practical suggestions on how best to facilitate your London-based, novelty hat buying needs.

Sending out a tweet asking people to engage in a multi-layered discussion about... well anything... basically results in: a lack of clarity in the question being asked, lots of truncated responses to various interpretations of the question, and no means of keeping everything on one page or in one place, or in a relevant thread.  Not only that but you lose the input from some people who may have had something valuable to share but are put off by the limitations of trying to use Twitter as a vehicle for this sort of detailed discussion.

To add icing to an already idiotic cake, the original author of the Tweet will often decide to retweet choice responses to the question to their followers, meaning you end up feeling involved in the discussion even if it was something you had no real interest in.

Here's an idea: set up a proper forum for meaningful discussion and just tweet the ruddy link.

3. Conversations between two people which have absolutely nothing of value to anyone else who might be following them

There's nothing wrong with a quick back-and-forth, but as soon as it becomes a full blown conversation, just take it to email. It's not that interesting that the whole internet needs to know. You do know that you're essentially posting to everyone, right?

4. People who constantly go over the character limit

Using services like http://www.twitlonger.com basically means you can go over the character limit and a link will provide readers with the text which overspilled from your tweet.  Perfectly fine when the situation calls for it but people who do this regularly are sort of missing the point of Twitter. Perhaps just get a blog?

5. Endless self-promotion

My favourite Twitter users are the ones that share cool or interesting links, post daft photos, whimsical thoughts or responses, sometimes talk about what they've had for lunch, and also update the world on the work they produce or the thing that they do. The key thing here is that they share some of their personality in their tweets, they don't just use them as little advertising slots to mention when something goes on sale or to spam about some event or other.

If you do insist on trying to use Twitter solely for marketing and PR, here's a website I would like to recommend: http://www.howtousetwitterformarketingandpr.com/

6. Retweeting the tweet of someone who just retweeted your tweet

This is a somewhat new phenomenon in my experience but one that appears to be on the increase. 

User A sends out a tweet to their followers. User B retweets it to their followers. User A then retweets User B's tweet, even though it is exactly the same as the original tweet they sent out to their followers perhaps only moments earlier.

OK, I get that sometimes people like to advertise that so-and-so retweeted them, but at least do it in the form of a 'thank you' rather than essentially sending out the same thing twice. Essentially sending out the same thing twice.

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By way of a caveat, I am by no means the authority on how Twitter should be used, nor is there even a set of rules on the matter. Use Twitter however you find it most valuable to do so... but, like all media, never ignore your audience.

Rock Paper Show - Flatstock Volume One

My copy of Rock Paper Show arrived today and it is a very niiiiiiice book.  Let me tell you more...

Published by the lovely people at Soundscreen Design, RPS is basically a visual guide to the first 20 Flatstock events - 312 colour pages of photos, interviews, writing and, of course, posters.  This is a chunky mother of a hardback and the overall design of its shiny, booky innards is very impressive. It also smells very nice. This, to me, is hugely important as I often judge the quality of a book by its unique bouquet.  And let me tell you, this one smells like a beaut.

I am sincerely very proud to have some of my work appear in here, alongside a vast number of artists and designers whose work I admire and enjoy. In fact there is plenty of work in here by people I'm very honoured to call my friends. Basically, if I attempted to document my Flatstock experiences in some sort of scrapbook, then Rock Paper Show would be it.  Except that Rock Paper Show is so awesome that it documents a bunch of Flatstocks I never even attended.  If this book gives me a warm feeling, I can only imagine that it is a sincerely gratifying piece of memorabilia for some of the poster stalwarts who've been involved with the API and with Flatstock right from the beginning. Seriously good work all round, people; you should be immensely proud.

You can see more of the book's contents here: http://rockpapershow.com/ and you can most certainly order it from there as well. Which I really think you should do.

And on the subject of Flatstock, the 5th FS Europe taking place in Hamburg, Germany as part of the Reeperbahn Festival is only a few months away. See you there?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Shop now open

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are open for business.

You can now purchase my posters and prints using my shiny Big Cartel store - it has prices and images and buttons you can click and everything.

http://armyofcats.bigcartel.com/

SPECIAL OFFER: for the next 10 days, if you purchase TWO prints or posters, you may choose a THIRD poster or print to be included in your order for FREE.

The free print must be the same value or of lesser value than one of the prints you are purchasing -- simply include a note in your PayPal order to indicate which free print or poster you would like.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hot Water Music, Leeds UK gigposter

I can't keep these things under my hat for too long, so here we are.


Hot Water Music have such strong and instantly recognisable album artwork that my immediate response was to try to capture some of the feel of the excellent painted work of Scott Sinclair, using already established visual language that fans of the band will pick up on; elements such as the sombre, angular figure, the vines, the birds, and the Russian dolls, etc.

Hopefully I've captured the feel of the band's artwork but kept everything within the realms of my own style.

This will be available to buy from the gig on Tuesday night, as well as from me via mailorder afterwards. I'll update with some pics of the final printed posters as soon as I have them in my grubby mitts...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I've seen heroic falls, busted lips from microphone brawls

It's been a very busy past couple of weeks, mostly with work that's not quite fit to show yet.

I also just came back from a trip to Lisbon, Portugal.  Though the purpose was to celebrate the final, free days of a friend who is getting married, the trip also just happened to coincide with the world-renowned Sardine Festival.  Needless to say - good beer, good sardines, good times.

Thankfully, my recovery was swift enough to allow me to finish the poster design for Hot Water Music, which has now been sent off to print.  See below for a sneaky peaky...

I'm also involved in putting the Leeds gig on, which is a-happening on Tuesday the 22nd June.  If you're looking forward to going and don't have a ticket - MOVE FAST, they're very nearly all gone.  Details here: http://wysas.blogspot.com/2010/02/june-22nd-2010-hot-water-music-plus.html

This promises to be an awesome night. My silkscreen poster will, of course, be on sale directly from the gig and via mailorder from myself afterwards... Watch this space for the full poster reveal soon.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

That fancy Danny North and his fancy business cards...

While working with Danny North on a recent project, we both realised I'd never actually seen the businesscard I designed for him in the dark and misty past...

Spot-varnish on black, with details on the other side. Looks great!


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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Poster Roast 2010

A few years ago, I can recall a series of posts on gigposters.com where there was some discussion of the state of "the gigposter scene" within the UK. Printing facilities seemed few and far between; we didn't have things like Flatstock and there wasn't really a scene of collectors - in fact there wasn't even really much understanding of screenprinted gigposters as a 'thing' in general.

Between my chums and I, it's something which has been oft debated and I think the question it raises largely boils down to:

How do we encourage people to be interested in a really niche-of-a-niche thing, while not patronising people by attempting to convey its level of importance as something which it is not?

On the one hand, I want to be acknowledged and have people take an interest in something which I do; but on the other hand screenprinted gigposters are just one small part of my involvement with music & art: screenprinted gigposters aren't my life.

The idea behind Poster Roast has always been to exhibit gigposters in a realistic and appropriate context, in an environment which is conducive to providing a weekend of socialising for the people that create and take an interest in those posters; and to make sure that bands, music and people getting together and having a good time is the main focus.

The humble gigposter is merely a memento and an accompaniment of the important bit; it goes on the wall and it soaks it all in.

As usual, this 'Roast was a thoroughly good time. A huge thanks to Chris & Alex for all the work they put into making Poster Roast a success.

And if I haven't put you off posters too much, you should swing by the 3D Glasses store to purchase the collaborative poster. Yes, do that!


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

That F*cking Tank

These will be on sale from the band or from myself from May 1st onwards.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

That Printing Tank!

Yesterday I spent the day in the studio printing up some posters for my special friends That Fucking Tank.

My hard-working assistant for the day was Ben Whittington, who took a few snaps of the printing process.

The posters will be available to purchase at the Camden Crawl festival - the band will be playing, and I will also be in attendance along with some of the UK's other finest gigposter maniacs making up the magical and awesome POSTER ROAST event. It's going to be a right hoo-hah, you should totally join us!

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