October 17th, 2014
There are a few bands that I have been lucky enough to engrain myself into their fold and have been giving me business year after year. Eric Church is one of them and with a new tour and a new album I was given the task of doing 3 prints for 3 big tour stops,… Charlottesville, NYC (Madison Square Garden) & Philadelphia. Country music is not necessarily my forte but I have always embraced the opportunity it gave me to introduce myself to a new audience. With this tour EC & the boys were going with that of a biker/American outlaw motif which brings to mind whiskey, weed, motorcycles & bar fights. Stuff out of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Hells Angels” book.
I live in Oakland and the legacy and imagery of the old Hells Angels is pretty strong here. I started off with a slew of sketches, not necessarily with specific cities in mind but wanted to skew more toward the look of the 60’s & 70’s bike clubs. I usually go apeshit with color but with all of the Church posters I’ve done, I think 8 or 9 total now, I’ve tried to use a limited color palette and simplified design. Well,… simplified for me.
Charlottesville isn’t necessarily seen as a biker kinda town but it is surrounded by miles of beautiful highways and roads through the Appalachian & Shenandoah Mountains. Lots of farmland and open skies…. basically good riding.
The New York City vibe had to be totally different. More gritty and concrete. Nothing like some bloody knuckles and handcuffs. Unfortunately the 3rd poster design was completed but the VIP experience, which included the poster merch, was cancelled so it will have to be used for something down the line.
The Charlottesville poster is 18′ x 24′, 3-color and had a print run of 90. I will have a very limited run of Artist Prints (signed/AP) available the day after the show Friday, Oct. 17 @ 11AM (PST).
The NYCposter is 18′ x 24′, 4-color and had a print run of 180. I will have a very limited run of Artist Prints (signed/AP) available the day after the show Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 11AM (PST).
October 6th, 2014
Its almost time of the annual TRPS (The Rock Poster Society) poster event in Golden Gate Park. The big event is staple in the Bay Area poster scene and features a slew of the original old-school Fillmore/Grateful Dead artists that really started the whole screenprinted gigposter culture. Along with the old cats are a ton of new-school artists including myself pushing the scene forward. There is plenty of psychedlia to go around…
I will have some new gigposters & art prints available for this show…
Artists & Vendors Lineup
The event is Saturday, Oct. 25th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m at the Hall of Flowers near the 9th & Lincoln entrance to Golden Gate Park.
For more information on the event (price, time, location, etc..) check out the TRPS website…
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September 21st, 2014
So a couple weeks ago I done gone git’ married to my amazing girlfriend of 6 years, Kristin Dorage down in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. It was a blast and a large relief once it was over. A culmination of a years worth of stress and planning. Being an illustrator/designer it was only natural that I design my own wedding invitation. I had done wedding invitations before as well as a couple wedding “concert posters” and kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do for ours. Our wedding would be pretty low-key, outdoors and the reception would take place at this sweet French-burlesque type club called Paris on Ponce. I got a great old timey, rag-time style band, Blair Crimmins & the Hookers, and that esthetic seemed to bleed into everything we did.
After looking at a ton of invitations online I decided to do a tri-fold with the center being the main image and the text on either side and was influenced by the layout of an invitation designer Elizabeth Baddeley had made for her own wedding. I soon found out that designing stuff for your own wedding is about 10x harder than for someone else. One becomes too much of a perfectionist. I must have gone through 15+ concepts but finally landed on the “musical field mice”.
I wanted the invitation to be colorful, fun, boisterous and express the vibe and imagery that we wanted people to think of… sunny green grass, broken banjo strings, shoeless dancing, bourbon-spiked sweet tea, loud brass, late night boas, etc…
Along with the invitation I made a slew of knick-knacks like pins that people couple snag and wear. 2 of the pins were field mice from the invite and the other 2 were our faces taken from our “Save the Date” card which I had made at Purebuttons.
August 2nd, 2014
Growing up I was always a Deadhead with varying degrees of intensity. I was introduced to it by an older sister and kind of always had the music on in the background it seems. After college I moved to the Haight in 2001 wide-eyed and excited to live where it all started. I was sadly disappointed when I got there but the vibe of the Dead and that whole scene still is felt through out the Bay Area. Since then I have worked with most of the members of the Dead individually and recently was asked to create the tour poster for the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration w/ Warren Haynes for their short August tour. As luck would have it, today the start of the tour is Garcia’s B-day so I’m sure its gonna be apeshit in Berkeley.
Like before, during this tour Warren Haynes will be playing Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar thus the theme of this and past posters.
The poster is 18′ x 24′, 5-color and had a print run of 500 and is now available on tour. I will have 50 Artist Prints available
Monday, Aug. 4 @ Noon (PST).
UPDATE – Posters will be available on Monday, August 18th @ Noon (PST).
August 1st, 2014
“Strand of Oaks print
I always enjoy working with and being introduced to new bands. A couple months ago I was contracted by Philly band Strand of Oaks, which was about to release a new album Heal, and needed a poster for their extensive US tour. After listening to the album, which I really dug, I was excited to do my part to hopefully introduce it to some other people.
Their music deals with a lot of recovery and coping from painful memories mixed with the good and can come off as dark at times and the agreed upon look was to involve skulls. I wanted too create something a bit more mature than I usually do. I loved the image of the bearded skeleton like figure and tried a couple different ways to approach this concept.
The poster is 18′ x 24′, 4-color and had a print run of 300 and is now available on tour. My Artist Prints will be available on the site soon. Check back for info….
June 23rd, 2014
I will be releasing some foil variants for the Widespread Boston 14 print this week. I have never messed with doing a foil print and these came out beaauuuuutiful thanks to folk at Monolith Press. Unfortunately the runs on these are very small so I will be
“FOIL” VARIANT closeup
“SPARKLE” VARIANT closeup
Both will be available on Weds. June 25th
The “Foil” will now be released at 130pm (PST) = SOLD OUT!!!!!!
The “Sparkle” will now be released at 2pm (PST) = SOLD OUT!!!!!!
There will be a max of 1 per order… first come first serve… And all prints will be signed & numbered.
I will be using a different Paypal checkout system for this one which I have not used in the past. It should stop orders once it is sold out,.. so fingers crossed no hiccups. Orders will take you directly to Paypal checkout… no shopping cart.
UPDATE – THE SITE OVERLADED & CRASHED BEFORE THE DROP TODAY. THE “FOIL” RELEASE WILL NOW BE 1pm (PST) IF THE SITE REMAINS STABLE.
Sorry for delay…
June 13th, 2014
Tonight the lads at Widespread Panic are stopping in Boston as part of their Summer Tour and to commemorate they asked me to throw a print together.
I’ve been on a bit of a “shaman” kick the last couple posters of mine and wanted to give Boston the same treatment by creating a “Colonial Shaman” while utilizing the old patriotic colors. I love dreamcatchers and wanted to try and create a character with a massive dreamcatcher headdress.
There is an extremely limited run of B&W’s available… we are talking like 10 prints. These are exclusively available for those w/ children interested in coloring… Not for Collectors to swap. They are FREE upon request AFTER ordering a copy of the Boston print with the idea that they will be colored and an image of the final “Kiddie variant” will be sent back to be bused for the COLORING NOOK. See examples here.
To reiterate the rules:
- B&W must be requested for a child to color
- A photograph must be sent of the final coloring job to be used for the “COLORING NOOK”
- Coloring doesn’t have to happen immediately as I know people have lives to lead.. but in a somewhat timely fashion. I have some folk who have had B&W’s claiming they will color who have had prints for over 8+ months.
- Failure to do so will make you ineligible for any future B&W’s and make the gods angry.
I hate to crack down and be anal about this but people take advantage and I’m really looking to try and get these in the hands of people who will enjoy them. If you don’t think you can comply then please do not request one. Everyone wins.
The poster had a print run of 400, which will be available tonight at the show & I will be releasing my Artist Prints tomorrow, June 14th @ Noon (PST) It is a 5-color print, 18’x24′. There will be some variants released down the lines… surprise, surprise.
June 10th, 2014
Waka, waka, waka!!!! Festival season is upon us and to celebrate I worked with the ever expanding Wakarusa Music Festival again this year to do a commemorative print. I did a poster for them back in 2012, which was an adventure and was happy to get some new trippy lady concepts from my head out onto paper.
I liked the idea of an Animal Parade. Painted up nature freaks on display going through the woods to the big event… random animal joining as they pass. Doing a huge shot of tons of animals would have lost detail on things and I like the current setup. I realized she should have a hula hoop somewhere on her saddle though. Its always tough trying to cram every band onto a poster as it takes away from the poster. And most people dont care… but I get it. If I was a band who played I’d want my name on there.
The print is a 5-color print, 18’x 24′ with a print run of 300. I will be selling 30 AP’s copies that are signed / AP’s. The printing came out great and the colors are pretty crazy.
May 20th, 2014
Welcome to the first Scraped Knee Lottery, in this case for the “Foxy Lady” Oakland Widespread Panic print.
UPDATE – The Lottery is closed!!!!
Please read the rules below before entering
- Each print has been assigned a number #. Post a comment below with a # from 1-100. You may choose only 1 number. Be sure to look at previous comments to avoid choosing a number that has already been used. Claim to a number will be based on the order of comments. First come, first serve. If you accidentally choose a taken number you can either edit your comment or re-comment w/ a number that is still open. The comments section will be closed after all 100 #’s are assigned. In the case all winning #’s are not chosen, the Lottery will end at Midnight on May 20th and the participants w/ the closest numbers will be the winners.
- To avoid people attempting to buy multiple prints under multiple aliases you must post using real names when commenting. This also makes it easier to contact winners.
- Winners will be contacted the next day via email w/ a Paypal invoice for the purchase. Invoices must be fulfilled by Sunday (May 25th) @ midnight PST or you will lose you eligibility and claim to a print.
April 25th, 2014
Another day,.. another poster. The Fox Theater in Oakland has just been chalk full of good bands rolling through this past couple months which is great because it just down the street. Boulder-based cosmic voyagers, The String Cheese Incident stopped into town for a 3-day run this weekend and reached out for me to do a special print. Last time I worked with them for the their 20th Anniversary New Years print they were fun to work with and people seemed to enjoy the print so I was looking forward to another collaboration.
The concept for this one was a kind of Cosmic Shaman as their music, especially the electric stuff, gets really zoney & spacey. Lots of lights and colors during their stage performances. Not much differed from the actual concept sketch which is pretty rare.
Printing was done by Ray & folk over at Good Thoughts with a nice gold border and popping fluorescent inks and came out to be 6-colors… 18’x 24.. The print run was 375 and I will be selling 45 copies signed/numbered.