This weekend is Erykah Badu‘s birthday and she is celebrating it once again at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. I had the privilege of doing a print for her birthday there a couple years back and was happy to receive the call to do another as my wife & I are big fans.
When researching Badu’s work for the previous poster I noticed she works in a lot of Egyptian imagery & symbolism into her music and presentation. Whether it be symbols of life, references to Pharaohs & Queens or golden scarabs, they are everywhere. I thought the elegant Egyptian black cat made perfect sense it was just a matter of how ancient Egyptian vs. modern I was going to go. I liked the mix of the classic looking cat with a ton of gold bling and the microphone.
A previous concept was to celebrate the coming of Spring with Badu as a Tree of Life but I noticed it had to much of a resemblance to previous posters done by Emek.
The poster is a 5-color print, including GOLD!!!!!… 18′ x 24′ and is now available in the store. There are not a lot of Artist copies so grab em’ quick. They are all signed / AP.
More String Cheese Incident for ya’s. I was given the task to create a poster for SCI’s 3-day “Sin City Incident” stay in Vegas at the Brooklyn Bowl which I had never been to and was anxious to check out. The past couple SCI prints have been pretty trippy & cosmic so for this one I was told to go more straight forward and less feathers, wood nymphs & spirit creatures… you know, to mix it up a bit.
I came up with a ton of ideas that ranged from homages to “Fear & Loathing” to more straight up classic Vegas imagery (showgirls, slot machines, ratpack, etc.) but ended up really liking the idea of a King & Queen on a rampage soaking up a night of Sinfulness. Plus the show hits on Valentine’s so I thought that was a nice reference.
The final print was done by Ray and folk at Good Thoughts Printing and came out kickass. A real fluorescent blacklight delight…. lemme tell you. It’s a 5-color print,… 18’x 24′ and is now available in the store, as a limited run of Artist Prints (signed / AP)
I’m launching a couple more prints for the current Eric Church “Outlaw” Tour, for Denver & Spokane. The Denver concept was originally for a Philly show a couple months back but the poster was pulled. The design was mostly finished and I able to change it up a bit and adapt it for the Denver stop. In coming up w/ a concept I kept thinking of those old “Ride to Hell” biker patches and wanted to come up w/ an image that had almost a story to it.
The Spokane concept came from a desire to incorporate some of American Indian influence into the art without going too over the top. I liked the idea of a Dreamcatcher built out of motorcycle parts. A mobile of sin. Plus cool and furry Bison are,.. their skulls look pretty badass.
The Denver poster is 18′ x 24′, 4-color and had a print run of 400.
The Spokane poster is 18′ x 24′, 4-color and had a print run of 290. I will have a very limited run of Artist Prints (signed/AP) of both prints available the day after the Spokane event, Friday, Jan. 30th @ 11AM (PST).