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
The Growlers are rolling through San Francisco (The Warfield) this week and I accepted the task of recording this moment in history via a kickass poster. This is the 3rd poster I have done for their current tour and happy that to do so for a local show. I have enjoyed my run of prints with these guys and have tried to make them trippier and trippier each time.
I went through a slew of ideas & concepts for this poster. Since it was in San Francisco and people can’t have a conversation without “tech” being involved around here my initial exploration of ideas dealt w/ cyborgs and the infiltration technology mashing up w/ people. Things had a very “Shadow Run” feel to it, but I decided against this direction as I didn’t want to add any more to this already beaten-to-death conversation.
The Growlers have always had a sloggy surf-rock sound to them that feels like a soundtrack to a trippy lagoon and what better character to have front and center then something reminiscent of “The Creature from the Black Lagoon“. I always thought he was such a badass cool looking character and had hoped to someday work it in to a poster.
This print is a 5-color screenprint (18′ x 24′) with a run of 90 for the band, and I will have available a small Artist Edition of 35 prints (signed/numbered) starting April. 3rd @ 11am (PST). There will also be a very small run of 8 super hyper “foil” variants available as well as a couple BW’s for those interested in participating in the COLORING NOOK,… they will be available here.