Just to add to this, I own the Boston and this one. On the bottom of both it reads: "Design by Barry Ament of Smokestack". So Barry did this one and the Boston, Kleinsmith did the Oakland. Mystery solved.
No problem.. I am not amercian so sometimes my english fails me.. They are using "Smokestack". they even have t-shirts. Check the site i gace and under the designer: Smokestack. These were the first posters.
Ok time to post. I was the one that had these Sting Posters. Smokestack is Kleinsmith, barry ament and coby. The last two from Ames. They are under the same website:
I choose to add Smokstack as an artist and not kleinsmtih plus Barry or something like that. The se posters are legit and amazing. I have the Oakland and the NYC. Really cool in person!!
I actually own this poster. I got it from Coby Schultz in Austin. Not because i like Sting mind you, but because this is one of the sweetest looking posters I've seen. I also got the Kleinsmith one. It's just as nice.
These are a case where I really don't care who the poster is for, the designs are beautiful.
Oh yeah, and my wife likes Sting.
don't take offense. i'm only asking questions. haven't you ever encountered the scenario i described? didn't it bother you a little? i was wondering who the mysterious "smkestack" were, that's all. now that i find out it's not some david carson clone trying to rip off gp to impress the boss, i think they're great.
by why the psuedonym?
Art, I'm not a "big licensing" company...I'm a "no name" designer and I was asked to do two Sting posters for the world tour. They were printed by the same screenprinters that does all the Ames Bros/Pearl Jam stuff. I assume someone from Ames did this recent set. They are all for sale on Sting's website. So they are all legit.
the mystery for me was that i couldn't figure these poster out. they seemed cloaked in mystery - especially as it turns out to be someone working under an assumed name. why do that? the work is good, so claim it. why hide?
i read the posts. there is a delay where i have to typre, ya know. thisngs pop up in the meantime and i end up responding to a poster left fave or so back. also, i coouldn't find the link to the website. if i had found it, i wouldn't have to rely upon you guys to tell me what's going on. but at least it gives you folks a chance to point out my percieved faults again. thanks for that.
so, if this is ames trying to make some serious scratch - very cool. i like the idea that those guys are finally trying to expand their horizons and make some retirement cash. good for them.
but if it's just some nyc junior art director copping a style to make the boss happy, then i object.
it would be nice to solve the mystery.
it all looks too much like ames/kleinsmith/andrio alberi/etc. etc. to just pop up in ny this way. it feels like a junior art director just out of school working at an agency trying to look hip and crazy, so they copped the style they liked on this site.
there's no tradition of this kind of work in nyc to pop up so fully realized like this. besides, sting would work with big licensing and agencies anyway. he's into money in too big a way to allow some unkown artists to just cash in on his name like this.
i seriously doubt ames would do this stuff under psuedonym. i can't see those guys doing that.
Ames: too good for Sting, but I'd take the $$ and profile too.
I saw Sting live once, I enjoyed parts of it but was high as a kite and it was outdoors on a nice summer night. He's an accomplished musician and writer but the combo of jazz-chording-verse with pop-hook-chorus is a shakey move at best and dopey when used with such regularity. Joni Mitchell did the pop-jazz thing much more authentically and less contrived.
i believe these are made by the same team that have been doing all of pearl Jams posters for years, under a different name? the Ames Brothers studio..
so they have been honing their style for a while now.. thats what i think at least...
there's something about these sting posters that bothers me. they are too 'out of nowhere' and too accomplished and perfect and "alternative" to just pop up like this. i get the impression that these were done by a big-time studio or ad agency to look like cool hip gigposters (beacuse that ol' sting is so 'cool' and 'hip' - gag!)
i dunno, maybe i'm wrong, but these have a slightly bogus feel to them. inauthentic somehow.
anybody have any background on this artist or any info about these posters?