Mega Funk-collective THE BIG OL’ NASTY GETDOWN will be releasing their latest album The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown – Vol. 2 soon and I was given the task to do some design work for their newest single, “GROOVY NASTY”.
The album has been 10 years in the making and features over 50 musicians including Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind and Fire), Speech (Arrested Development), Fred Wesley (James Brown, Horny Horns), Karl Denson (The Rolling Stones, Tiny Universe,) Michael Ray and Clifford Adams (Kool and the Gang,) RonKat Spearman (Katdelic, Parliament-Funkadelic), Alvin Ford Jr. (Dumpstaphunk), Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, Dirty Walt (Fishbone), and Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk, The Funky Meters), just to name a few. Not a bad lineup….
The concept is a conjuring of a psychedelic, cosmic Space-funk orchestra and came pretty easily once listening to the music.
Check back as the band & I will be releasing a special art print of the Groovy Nasty design. I will be posting info on this soon….
PRIMUS is back around for their Fall Tour and I got the call from Zoltron to do another print. This time in Akron, OH. . It was awesome to be a part of their last Tour Poster series which had a number of awesome artists involved and was psyched to be asked back.
The theme for the current tour as well as the new album, is “Rainbow Goblins” based off of an old kids book from the 70’s by Ul de Rico. In it a bunch of multi-colored goblins travel the lands capturing and stealing the color from rainbows. I don’t remember the book as a kid but the imagery and artwork is really amazing and leaves a lot open to interpretation.
A lot of my early concepts were almost direct replications of scenes from the book and it just wasnt working. Everything was too literal… so I decided to give my take on what I thought the aftermath of the story would look like (SPOILER ALERT)…. Nature wins in the end.
To add to the pot, I will be releasing a super small Artist Edition run of 4 different foil variants:
This is the third time I have done a Milwaukee tour print for the band, Widespread Panic and it becoming one of their big shows every year, we discussed doing something a little different this time around. Fellow poster artist Jim Mazza is a badass illustrator and I’ve always liked his work for years. We had been talking about doing a collaboration on a piece for a while and this event seemed the perfect opportunity. As the show was a 3-day event a triptych of posters seemed to be the perfect approach.
Collabs are fun but can tricky. I have done some in the past with Marq Spusta and Alan Forbes, and the hard part is always figuring out who does what and how to share the artwork with each other. Luckily a 3 poster deal made things a little easier with me taking over the art/coloring of the 1st print,… Jim the 3rd… and us jamming on the middle.
With Milwaukee being Brew City we loved the idea of a crazy Alice in Wonderland-themed Roktoberfest with bottle cap mushrooms and flying beer bottles. It truly was a collab with each of us taking elements of each others posters into our own and countlessly sending ideas/sketches back and forth.
The band received a print run of 200 of each poster as well as 200 uncut sheets. Each print is 12′ x 24′, the uncut measuring 36′ x 24′ and was printed by the fine folks at Good Thoughts in Boulder, CO.
Jim and I have an Artist Edition of 40 sets (20 uncuts) that we split and will be selling at the same time on our individual websites, Oct. 23rd.
Along with the regular edition we will have a small variant run of cut sets/uncuts on different foil papers available,.. including:
– Rainbow Foil (Cut sets – 28/ Uncuts – 20)
– Sparkle Foil (Cut sets – 8/ Uncuts – 8)
– Oil Slick Foil (Cut sets – 18/ Uncuts – 18)
– Lava Foil (Cut sets – 23/ Uncuts – 20)
Once again we split the run and will be selling our copies on our individual websites the day/time the posters are released.
Epic day of 8 hours of signing,…. over 1600 signatures!!!!