In the summer of 2015, I received an email out of the blue from a production company in Ireland working on a 6-part TV series about “a creative bunch of teenagers who get together to start a band. The group embark on a journey out of their rural town and onto a national stage.” It would feature gritty realism mixed with hyperreal musical interludes.
Behold! The trailer…
They had found my work on the now-defunct gigposters.com (RIP) and had attached a low-res thumbnail of my Bombay Bicycle Club poster and asked if I’d be willing to offer clearance to use it as set dressing. Of course I was thrilled at the opportunity to showcase some of my work so I agreed and they passed me on to the show’s art director Francis.
Francis sent over a list of other posters they might be interested in and requested I send over jpegs that could be blown up and used as background art. It seemed strange to me that a bunch of Irish teenagers would have been present at so many shows in the Sacramento area a decade ago, but it sounded like a fun project to be associated with and no one would be able to make out the fine print on the posters anyway.
So I shipped off a raft of jpegs and hoped for the best. The following spring the show aired on Ireland’s TG4 channel and I was absolutely floored at not only how many posters they were able to use, but how large they made many of them. 11×17’s increasing to 2 and 3 times that size. I was all over this show, in the background anyway. It was a real treat every week that winter opening up TG4’s webplayer and scanning through each new episode looking for my posters. Eventually I actually gave the show a proper watch too, and it’s really not bad. An interesting mix of music and dramedy. You can check the show out for yourself at TG4’s site for the show and below I’ve got some screengrabs of scenes featuring my stuff.
After the somewhat surprising success of my solo gigposter show at Outlet Coworking in Sacramento, the show (originally scheduled to close Sunday 2/18) has now been held over and extended through mid-March due to popular demand.
The show features over 12 years of my work spanning club shows, festivals, and even an album cover or two.
Outlet is located at 21st and K in midtown Sacramento
Last summer, I approached the good folks at LowBrau about possibly setting up a bike drive-in in the spirit of ones I’d read about in Austin and LA. The plan: show a classic film outside where people can bring their bikes or just walk in, get beer vendors, have a DJ and make it an event. Sacramento has a really vibrant bike culture, so with the right location and the right film it seemed like a no-brainer. Ideally, I wanted to tie-it in with the 20th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age flick Dazed and Confused last September, but since we all had our hands full with the Launch Music Festival at the time, the plan had to be couched for later.
This weekend, the plan becomes real. We’re showing Dazed and Confused midtown atop the parking garage at 20th and L streets this Saturday, May 13 starting at 6pm. Ruhstaller Beer will be handling the beer vending, local hero DJ Shaun Slaughter will be spinning the classic rock of the era, and there will even be live music from a bunch of local dudes that got together and called themselves JK Livin’ in homage to the film.
I designed this series of 5 posters to promote the showing.