Monthly Archives: July 2009

Au Revoir Simone, live on KEXP

Au Revoir Simone play live at Seattle's KEXP (photo by Dan Shultz)

Au Revoir Simone play live at Seattle's KEXP (photo by Dan Shultz)

As a bit of an NPR junkie, you might be able to imagine that the musical offshoot, NPR Music’s All Song Considered is an even bigger addiction for me. If you are not familiar with it, come on, climb out from underneath that rock friend.

As a designer, I’m always interested in how things are put together, and more specifically as a rock poster designer, well, of course I listen to what is likely an ungodly amount of music, all day, and sometimes all night long. So the gigantic culling breadth of All Song Considered and it’s amazing way of finding and showcasing music, bands and process makes it just about one of my favorite stops to park on the web.

A recent addition to All Song’s Considered’s list of Studio Sessions site is this live show by the Brooklyn-based band Au Revoir Simone at the KEXP studios in Seattle, WA. Being fans of both the incredible work of KEXP and Au Revoir Simone for quite some time now, it was one of those “Awww yay!” moments when I came across it.

More photos from Au Revoir Simone‘s live session at KEXP are here on KEXP’s Flickr page.

Hope that you dig it too!

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Flatstock 21, Chicago & Pitchfork Music Fest thanks!

Halloo! Thank you so much Chicago! We had a blast both coming and going this year at Flatstock Poster Show and Pitchfork Music Festival last weekend. We loved getting to hang out with our poster friends from all over the country (and even Canada, yes way.) But even more, it’s so fun and awesome when we get to talk to folks who love design and posters and printmaking like we do.

So, thanks so much everyone, hope to see you next year!

Here are a few silly photos of this year’s adventures in poster carny-ing. This was one good road trip full of delicious old fashioned road side stops, fireworks, laughs, overpriced bloody marys and too many anchovies. All in all, great times. Feel free to check out more photos at Flickr too.

Root beer pit stop at Simonton Lake Drive In, in IN. In in in!

Root beer pit stop with Hero Design on the way to Chicago at Simonton Lake Drive In, in IN. In in in! (Photo courtesy of Hero Design.)

Talking with folks and working the booth.

Talking with folks and working the booth.

Flatstock 21 at Pitchfork Music Fest 2009 by night. (Photo courtesy of Doublenaut.)

Flatstock 21 at Pitchfork Music Fest 2009 by night. (Photo courtesy of Doublenaut.)

The fruitiest poster fan ever.

Dan Grzeca & the fruitiest poster fan ever.

If you see this guy while driving the Interstate…hit the gas. I mean it.

Chuckie, gettin' his eat on. (Photo courtesy of Hero Design.)

Chuckie, gettin' his eat on. (Photo courtesy of Hero Design.)

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New poster released: Magnolia Electric Co.

3-color, all hand screenprinted poster for Magnolia Electric Co.'s show on 7/15/09.

3-color, all hand screenprinted poster for Magnolia Electric Co.'s show on 7/15/09.

Heartbreakers. In a great way. That’s what Jason Molina’s band,  Magnolia Electric Co. are, and they’re amazing. I’m pleased as puch to be a part of the summer 2009 Magnolia Electric Co. tour series of posters, (a different limited edition, hand screenprinted poster was produced by artists from all over the country, one poster for each night of the tour) and had such a fun time at the show last night at The Andy Warhol Museum seeing MEC and the super cool Sand Diego band, The Donkeys. Thanks so much again!

Sometimes something beautiful goes wrong, in a beautiful way. KABOOM! This is my all hand screenprinted poster for the heartbreakingly lovely Magnolia Electric Co. It’s a 3-color, print with heart red, alarm-orange and midnight black inks. The orange ink is swirled into the red throughout the bombs and the text so that each print is unique and different. (Just like you Butterfly.) Edition of just 85, so they’ll go quick. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight.

* This poster is now available on my website here, and also on tour with Magnolia Electric Co. this summer! *

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Pitchfork Music Festival & Flatstock Poster show

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Heeeeyyyy! It’s tour season, not just for bands but for poster artists too. And that means a new Flatstock Poster show! This next Flatstock is at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL inside Union Park.

Flatstock is a series of rock poster shows & conventions that happen currently 4 times a year in Austin, TX  (during SXSW), Chicago, IL (during Pitchfork Music Festival), Seattle, WA (during Bumbershoot Music Festival) and Hamburg, Germany (during the Reeperbahn Festival). The Flatstock shows provide the public with opportunities to see fine poster art in person and to meet the artists who’ve created it, while showcasing the breadth of individual styles they represent. Since beginning in 2003, Flatstock has presented 20 events in the U.S. and Europe and has become the epicenter of the current phenomenon in handmade poster art.

Myself and over 40 other national poster artists will be there at Flatstock selling prints, posters and more and talking with thousands of music and art fans. Come see us, say hi, and chat. We’re mostly super nice, and definitely geeky about art.

And, check out the map of Union Park, Pitchfork’s stages and Flatstock’s location in Union Park.

Meet your 2009 Flatstock Chicago exhibitors! The below is the official FS 21 lineup.

Gigposters.com
The Bird Machine
Decoder Ring
Matt Terich-Design Medicine
Hero Design Studio
Furturtle Printworks
Johnny Sampson
Kollective Fusion
Kevin Tong Illustration
Clinton Reno
Mile 44
Landland
Madpixel
Strawberry Luna
Daniel Danger
The Bubble Process
The Silent Giants
Justin Santora-Pink Slip Press
Lil’ Tuffy
The Small Stakes
Weathermaker Press
Mike Budai
Pedal Printing
Crosshair
Cricket Press
Aesthetic Apparatus
Crash Design
Josh Rickun
Alana Bailey
Gigart
DKNG
The Bungaloo
Delicious Design League
Spike Press
Mat Daly
Richie Bearden
Miss Amy Jo
Will Ruocco
Tom Stack-Stackmatic
Dan Grzeca-Ground Up
Diana Sudyka
Keith G. Herzik
Octophant
Doublenaut

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I Made It craft fair @ The SSW Exposed Artists Market

Woo hoo! The craft show summer season is in full swing kids. I’ll be doing more shows this year than ever and couldn’t be more excited. The next two weekends are busy busy with back-to-back, big outdoor, summer festival-style shows.

First up is a huge craft fair The South Side Works Exposed Artists Market called brought to you by the super folks at the I Made It! Market, who are sponsoring The South Side Works Exposed Artists Market this coming weekend for 3 days from Friday July 1oth through Sunday 12th. Over 75 artists and crafters will be showing works, all available for sale, including yours truly, all 3 days. I will have lots of fresh new work available since I’ve been printing up a dang storm lately.

The  I Made It! Market is a regularly occurring, nomadic Market that utilizes various venues in the Pittsburgh area throughout the year providing a great way for artists and communities to connect. Important details about the I Made It! South Side Works Exposed Artists Market are below:

When:

Friday July 10th from 5-10pm.

Saturday July 11th from 2pm-10pm.

Sunday July 12th from 2-6pm.

Where:

A map & directions to the South Side Works is available here.

Who:

Over 75 fantastic artists and handmade crafters will be in attendance talking about and selling their work (including me!) You can find here a simple list of who will be at the SSW Exposed Artists Market and a more complete profile of many of the artists here on the I Made It Blog.

Come out and enjoy the summer, look at amazing works of handmade craft and art. We hope to see you there!

Town Square at the South Side Works, in Pittsburghs South Side neighborhood.

Town Square at the South Side Works, in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood.

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Vintage postcard art & design; Part 1: Dogs

The trip of a lifetime! (Pre-Hidenberg, assumably.)

The trip of a lifetime! (Pre-Hidenberg, assumably.)

Postcards used to be far far more popular than they are today. Possibly as a pre-television, pre-Internet way of communicating, and possibly due to their fairly cheaply reproduced but lovely art and extremely variable style, they once enjoyed a big place in popular culture, not just of vacation destinations but of everyday life. Because of that large volume of postcards produced in the late 19th and well into the 20th centuries, both photographic and purely illustrated, there are many amazing sub-genres, several of which have become highly sought for collectors. I’ve decided to start another irregular series of posts, featuring the art and design of postcards. Today’s post? Dogs, dude.

Dogs are obviously well loved pets and companions, perhaps because of that long history they also have a place symbolically with humans as well. I was surprised to find that despite being Man’s Best Friend, many of the images I came across were actually of women and little girls with dogs.

A flower dog and a flower girl.

A flower dog and a flower girl.

Summer reading.

Summer reading.

There are also many many images in which children and dogs seem to be equals, as below where a young girl shields her dog from rain while they sit on the same bench:

Finding shelter together.

Finding shelter together.

And this one, where one child is rollicking on the ground at dog-level, and the other pup is up on the bench, elevated with her friend:

All friends here.

All friends here.

Whoah.

Whoah.

Being a symbol of fidelity, I love the many subtle variations on a warm greeting and love letters that I found as well. Many featuring the blue flower Forget-Me-Not as an added layer of meaning:

Cute, but psycho.

Cute, but psycho.

How sweet.

How sweet.

There are many postcards which simply show off a specific breed’s characteristics, either in a straightforward way or more comically:

A noble Irish Setter in the field.

A noble Irish Setter in the field.

Poor little Dauchshund, he's only the way we made him.

Poor little Dauchshund, he's only the way we made him.

Washing Day, Scottie style.

Washing Day, hard-working Scottie style.

I expected to find postcards of dogs getting into all sorts of troubles, probably fed by the iconic Coppertone ad illustration, like the below little scamps:

Sneaky Petes.

Sneaky Petes.

And of course, I knew there would be some great and symbolic postcards of doghouses, to convey being in trouble, often with one’s spouse:

Sleep tight.

Sleep tight.

However, a surprising find was a plethora of postcards featuring dogs working in some traditional and other very surprising situations. We’re all familiar with the idea of Arctic travel and mobility using dog sled teams:

Mush!

Mush!

But mostly likely, if like me, you are also not familiar with the use of smaller dogs teams to haul milk carts, which was quite common in the 19th and early 20th century:

Pups taking a break.

Pups taking a break.

A French milk dog cart.

A French milk dog cart.

But perhaps the most intense or emotional are the postcards featuring dogs and men in times of war. Of course the arguments can be made that animals shouldn’t be conscripted to serve in the wars of mankind. It seems absurd. And unfair. Perhaps that is why seeing images of dogs, such faithful and willing friends, in these scenes (both photographic and illustrative) is especially bittersweet.

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A dog who saved this soldier's life and received a medal.

Rover, hatin' on the Enemy.

Rover, hatin' on the Enemy.

A German Shepard medic.
A German Shepard medic.

And finally, but never ever least, there is this stunner:

Look! The bulldog is cheating!

Look! The bulldog is cheating!

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