I got tasked by the folks at The String Cheese Incident to create a new print for their big 3-day concert at Stubbs in Austin, TX. I’ve been down to Austin a couple times and have always liked the vibe of that city. Taking a stroll you might find some weird elaborate chalk drawings on the sidewalk or guerilla-style mosaics embedded in the side of a building. Everywhere you look things are very colorful, the people are artistic and of course the music is amazing.
A lot of the stuff I have done for String Cheese in the past leans more toward the cosmic & hyperspace-ish so with this print I wanted to go for more of a rustic-look yet still keeping it bright and colorful. The core concept of the steer skull w/ facepaint was there all along, it just took a couple iterations to figure the right way to implement certain things like the Capitol building or the jellyfish.
The print is a 6-color screenprint (18′ x 24′) printed by the kickass folks at Good Thoughts (Boulder, CO) with a run of 275 for the band, and I will have available a small run of Artist Prints (signed/AP) starting April. 18th @ 11am (PST).
I recently teamed up with the fine folks at DC Brau (Washington DC) & Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, MD) to create the artwork for their new collaborative beer, YONDER CITIES. It was first brewed 5 years ago but with the 6th Anniversary of DC Brau this week as well as the Craft Beer Conference 2017 in DC, the decision was made to re-brew it with a suped up new can.
Each brewery has a separate design and will be releasing their own blacklight-responsive, can with invertible artwork. That’s right… BLACKLIGHT BABY!!!
The name “Yonder Cities” represents the neighboring hometowns of each brewery, Baltimore & DC and the friendship that started 5 years ago and was the impetus for the initial concept art. Each brewery was to get their own design, not only to utilize their individual lines of distribution and get the beer out as far as possible but also so the design could best represent their specific hometown.
I have always loved reversible artwork and thought it would not only be be eye-catching on a beer can but a fun challenge to create something you didn’t necessarily know had another hidden image in it until you flipped it upside to take a sip.
Concepts initially took the form of more of a “playing card” layout, eventually settling on trippy masked faces with cityscapes atop them. The can for Union would have more of a nautical theme thus the “Space Captain” was born,.. with the “Space Jester” landing on the can for DC Brau. As the concepts got trippier & trippier we decided to try and make it blacklight responsive to really made this can design stand out.
YONDER CITIES is a Farmhouse IPA – “Where tropical hops meet tripped-out, funky farmhouse esters in this incredibly delicious and drinkable”. brew. Cans are currently available at each brewery and through a few distributors in the VA-MD-DC area.
Click the photo above to read a nice write up on DC Brau’s collaboration cans this year by Brightest Young Things…
This weekend in Oakland, CA I will be signing copies of the new “Sour Diesel” print as a part of an event with Califari. We previously released the print as a limited lithograph but due to its popularity have created a brand new screenprint version of the design. The original litho had more of a grimey, aged look to match w/ the “Diesel-nature” of the brand, but we cleaned it up for the screenprint to get the colors really bright and poppin’ for the Spring.
To celebrate the new print, Califari is holding an art event at the Harborside dispensary in Jack London Square. The Pop Up Strain Art Gallery will be on display featuring posters for 20 of their popular strains and I will be setup signing both the lithograph & screenprinted versions of the “Sour Diesel” art print.
I will have 25 Artist Edition prints (18′ x 24′) available and whatever is left will be added to my Store the following Monday, April 10th.
Address: 1840 Embarcadero (b/t 19th Ave & Livingston St.) – Oakland, CA 94606