well, since i'm feeling pissy and since everybody else (and their fucking grandmother) has weighed in on this one, i'm going to give my OPINION (as opposed to critique or analysis or factual observation) on this poster.
i don't like it. the illustration style has some potential, but as a poster there's nothing going on.
oh, and joe... yes this is art chantry and no, i won't send you an autographed poster unless you give me something valuable - like a pint or your blood. and don't try to pawn off some damn rock poster on me. if i want a rock poster, i'll MAKE a rock poster, thank you.
mike king is an xtremely witty funny intelligent man. and that's what he always brings to his work, no matter what he does. the thing i truly LOVE about this poster is that it's a rag on the whole pseudo-cool hotrod/house industries aesthetic. you all noticed the green oil slick and the connection to the band's names (built to spill, the delusions), but have you noticed that it's a vega or a pinto or a maverick or some some lousy piece of shit car? it's a piece of crap leaky 70's no-muscle car done in house styling as joke on all that 70's retro-hip veneer cool. great joke.
your frame of reference is way too recent. i was doing this stuff for estrus in the early 90's, other folks were doing it in seattle before me. where do you think house gets it's ideas? they keep very close tabs on what's going on out there. they watch and learn and copy in the true tradition of graphic design. they seem to be a little more bottom-feeder than most. they've actually used my logo work to advertise their 'tiki' typefaces - without my permission.
i dunno, i get so tired of all the copycats out there. imitation is only a single step in the process of learning. way too many people just freeze at this first step. it's much more intersting to move beyond it and begin to interperate these visuals into some newer ideas.
mike king is a buddy of mine and he'd be the first to say he was doing this to learn via imitation - he understands the creative learning process. he's moved way beyond this look now.