Coming off the 2014 TBD Music Festival I was beat. Exhausted. I had taken on more involvement that year and it culminated in a breakneck weekend in late September designing a full-color digest guidebook, handling curation, printing, and distribution of that year’s artist series of custom posters, and then getting giant blow-ups of said posters from our beer sponsor and zip-tie-ing up about 36 of them onto the chainlink perimeter of the festival.
I was bushed. I was beat. I was empty.
Enter Eye Heart SF. I had met some of their guys backstage at TBD and they had liked the poster I designed for Justice in the artist series. We exchanged info and the week after TBD while I was still licking my wounds they hit me up asking if I could come up with something for their New Year’s party.
“Sure”, I said. “What’s your turnaround like?”
“We need it next week.”
Of course. My mental tank was empty but it was too good an opportunity to pass up. Plus I’d get to make something for Chromeo.
Fortunately, with no time to think or second guess myself I gave myself over to self indulgence and it made all the difference. Using the party’s waterfront location as a jumping off point I thought, “what about Chromeo riding a giant robot serpent over the Bay?” In a normal scenario, I would have had time to talk myself out of this idea but with no time and nothing to lose I figured “what the hell?”
I aimed for a 70s retro schoolbook style, all rounded corners and friendly shapes and colors. More than anything I wanted people to see this and for it to cheer them up just a bit. They might not laugh or smile, but they’d be warmed a bit.
Not only was this poster a huge hit, the promoters actually had their set builders turn my giant serpent into a living reality that graced the stage where Chromeo performed.
• 11” x 17” Offset Print
• Printed on archival quality matte cardstock
• Each piece individually signed
ORDER THIS POSTER
LIMITED TIME OFFER: All poster orders include FREE stickers and pin.
Ranking R.E.M. Album Covers I was inspired by a friend’s Facebook thread about underrated late-period R.E.M. albums to create a ranking of the band’s album covers. Aesthetically. A ranking covering all their studio recordings from 1982 to their breakup in 2011. The ranking doesn’t include compilations or live albums, although I am including Dead Letter Office because … Read More
Summer is (finally) here. Time for fewer clothes, more colorful drinks, and poolside jams. To that end here comes a brilliant new Magic Tape from DJ/producer The Magician. It’s an ace new slate of indie disco and house in a more chill mode and it is going to sound straight up perfect at the beach … Read More
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 … Read More
13, Broke, Curious, Bored The moment is indelibly burnt into my memory. Every Sunday morning, I’d pick through the day’s edition of the Omaha World Herald, digging through sooty inserts and box store circulars to more or less fixate on the comics, entertainment section, the ads. What I ultimately was after were the record store flyouts: rows … Read More