Van Morrison is a legend & cultural icon so it was such a real honor to get the nod to do a poster for his 2-night run at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco this week. His songs you know without even realizing you know them, if that makes sense. “Gloria”… “Moondance” …”Brown Eyed Girl”…. “Wild Night Is Calling”…. “Have I Told You Lately I Love You”,.. all classics.
I knew I couldn’t go for my usual trippy-dippy psychedelic design style due to the audience this was for and needed something that felt more classic. Though SF does not have the most robust Autumn colors, I wanted to represent Fall as well as the uniqueness of the venue, the SFJazz Center. My initial concept had the silhouette of Morrison’s in his iconic hat & coat walking the streets of SF but it felt too busy and scrapped it for the simple guitar with shamrock vines design. I also know Van Morrison is a multi-talented musician utilizing a number of instruments during his shows (sax, guitar, piano, harmonica, etc..) and I thought the mix of a few would fit nicely.
The final print is a 5-color (18′ x 24) printed by Monolith Press and I will have a small run of 50 Artist Edition Prints (signed/Numbered) available on Friday, October 21st @ 11AM (PST) along w/ 20 foil variants.
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Ween is my favorite band of all time. I’ve been obsessed with them since early high school and have been lucky to work with over the years on a couple projects and was deeply saddened when they broke up. Almost 10 years ago to the date I did my first screenprinted poster for them for a San Francisco show (The Independent – 2006′). The boys are back on tour and as with a lot of things in life, things come back around. On the 10th Anniversary of Scraped Knee I had the privilege to do a poster for their 2 days of shows this week in SF.
The print is a promoter print commissioned by folks at APE/Bill Graham and given to the band, and folks back stage & involved with the show.
I wanted to try and do something for true-Ween fans, cramming as many references into the print as I could without it getting ridiculous. Most of the newer prints focus on “The Boognish” which is cool but I wanted this to stand out. I’d be interested to see if people can get all the subtle & not so subtle nods to the bands imagery, lyrics, album art, etc.
The final print is a 6-color (18′ x 24) printed by the badasses at Monolith Press and I will have a small run of 40 Artist Prints (signed/AP) available on Tues, October 18th @ 11AM (PST).
To celebrate another year of doing the big Crafty Bastards Arts & Craft Fair event in DC and an awesome long standing relationship with DC Brau Brewing I will be releasing a new collab T-shirt entitled “Occult Hopciety“. The design explores the more occult/secret society side of our Nation’s Capitol… so grab a shirt and be apart of this Secret Society of Suds.
The shirt will be available in a few different styles …standard black T, ladies “slouch” shirts & baseball ringers and will be available this weekend (Oct. 1st & 2nd) at the Crafty Bastards Arts & Craft Fair event as well as at the brewery. Whatever doesn’t sell out will be available on the DC Brau & Scraped Knee web stores.
Like last year… if you pick up a shirt from me at the show and wear it to the DC Brau Brewery you will get 50% off of a growler fill. Vice versa.. if you buy a shirt there and wear it to Crafty Bastards, you can get 25% off of any poster purchase. What a deal, huh…. thats what collaborations are all about.