Friday, September 30, 2011


I'm very pleased to have worked with the super awesome Chuck Ragan in putting together this Tour Poster for the 2011 UK/Europe leg of The Revival Tour.


This is an A2, 3 colour screenprint, with an edition of 270.

Thanks so much for the positive comments on the poster so far, it's been a pleasure to design and the print job is absolutely beautiful.  Because I'm getting asked the same set of questions, I'm going to try and cover all that stuff below.


These weren't at the first few shows -- really sorry to those at the earlier UK shows who worried that they missed them or that they'd sold out. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get these printed in time for the start of the Tour.  They will be available from the Newcastle show onwards.

Online Store -- I will have a small number of these available from my online store which I will put on sale sometime next week.  In order to make it fair for everyone who wants to grab one, I'll announce the date & time in advance, and after that it's first come first served.

Support the Tour! -- If you're able to get to a show and purchase one from the band directly, please do so - as mentioned above, I will not have many for sale, this is merch for the Tour. Get to a show, have a great time, and pick up a cool limited edition reminder in poster form!

Hand printed -- for those unfamiliar with the medium, these posters are hand printed, and then signed & numbered by the designer (that would be me). Each one is an individual piece of art, and a unique memento of what I'm sure will be an amazing tour. Once the run of 270 is gone, they are gone.

However... if there is enough demand, there may be a second printing in alternate colours, or with some other way of indicating a second print run. No details confirmed yet!

I think that's it -- thanks again for the interest in this print!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mellow Update!

The KLCTVEfusion Bicycle Art Show held at Mellow Johnny's in Austin, Texas took place while I was away and it sounds like it received a hugely positive response, raising over $2000 for Livestrong. Amazing news, and I'm honoured to have been involved.

Photographer Chris Gomez documented the show, and you can see more photos here:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Flatstock Europe 6 (AKA FS 32)

You know the drill by now -- the Flatstock Poster Convention is the largest gigposter event in the world, and Flatstock EU is now it's its 6th year.


As usual the event takes place in Hamburg, Germany as part of the Reeperbahn Festival and promises to be a lot of fun.

Flatstock will be situated on the spielbudenplatz of the Reeperbahn district and will be open Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th September, from 3pm to 11pm each day.

Poster artists from around the globe will be displaying and selling their prints, posters and other nick-nacks. The list of luminaries reads thus:

Crosshair (US), Piccione Illustration & Art (NL), Lil Tuffy (US), FugScreens Studios (US), Mark McCormick Art (US), Scrawled Design (GB), Damien Tran (DE), Adam Pobiak (GB), Grace Helly Graphics (DE), Pink Slip Press (US), Handcooked Posters (GB), Michael Cowell (GB), tattoo freestyle (DE), Douze Studio Dresden (DE), Kevin Tong Illustration (US), Tara McPherson (US), ARMY of CATS (GB), Luke Drozd (GB), monkeyink (US), The Comet Substance (CH), Strawdogs (NL), IdleBeats (DE/CL), Atzgerei (AT), clockwork pictures (IT), horse (GB), Slowboy (DE), Zeloot (NL), Fritte (DE), Mitchum d.a. (DE), Voodoo Catbox (US), The Red Can Co. (DE), PopFuel (CA), Boss Construction (US), Methane (US), Sean Mort (GB), Workspace (US), Walking Bodybag (DE), Arrache Toi un Oeil (FR), Rocket & Wink (DE)

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Always check the Terms!

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I was recently contacted by an online 'Designer's Gallery' in its Beta stages asking me to sign up and upload some of my work.

The site was well designed and had plenty of submissions already up there.  As I usually try and do these days, I took a look at the Terms of Use before I made a decision on whether to sign up, and the following rang a few alarm bells with me: 

"By submitting, posting or displaying any Materials on [this site], you automatically grant to us a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to copy, distribute, create derivative works of, publicly perform and display such Materials."

For me personally it's the "create derivative works of" that is most concerning. 

While direct 'rips' of work tend to get exposed quite quickly on the Internet these days and can result in bad press for the author of the derivative work, more subtle rips - especially of concepts or ideas - can be harder to spot.  There would be nothing worse than finding out your work had been appropriated and that you had actually (unintentionally) granted the rights for it to be taken and used.

On this occasion I decided I did like the idea of granting anyone with these rights concerning my work, and did not sign up to the site.

Out of interest, I took a look at the Terms of some of the other sites I use and noticed that for some of them, the language used is far less ominous and all-encompassing. The terms of, for instance, only state: "By uploading your screenshots to Dribbble you give Dribbble permission to use or distribute your screenshots on or affiliated sites" and they also go on to mention "As Dribbble asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others."

Essentially, the only right you grant in this instance is the right for your images to appear on the site; which comes across not only as reassuring but also in a tone much more supportive of creatives and users of the site.

Though the chances of your work being appropriated by a site to which you uploaded it may seem slim - and my scouring of Terms of Use Agreements my seem suspicious and maybe even paranoid - it is always worth being aware of what you are agreeing to when using a site.

Given the ease with which unscrupulous sorts can steal images online, and our current climate of so many designers and illustrators giving up their work for free via Crowdsourcing and other activities, it becomes increasingly important to understand the value of - and protect - your creative works.

Thanks for reading - stay safe!



Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wedding Illustration

Wedding artwork is not work I would typically undertake, but when I was approached by a friend of mine to come up with an illustration depicting him and his wife-to-be, I couldn't resist.

This was a pleasure to work on; my friend's input was 'just the right amount' considering the personal nature of the project, and I even framed the final print for them.  A lovely project with a happy ending.