Chris all your stuff looks very Hindu street graphic to me. Maybe I'm pulling that outta my ass but that's the first thing that pops to mind besides kaleidoscopes. You are definitely doing what nobody else here is doing at least that I've seen. I'd like to see one of these up close because I'm sure there is much more going on visually and conceptually that doesn't come across in Jpeg. If the blending is seamless as it seems then very nice rendering. You might study typography some. I have a "font rule" that is to never use more than two fonts on any one design also kerning and constrained scaling can solve spatial issues vs. stretching type. It's very obvious when type is warped to fit a space. I don't always follow these guides but I try. It's my personal style too so it's not the bible of type.
Some of the comments on the AA poster about give a 13 year old a computer and they can do the same is just bullshit. There are a stack of design rules and they apply to anyone doing layout and poster art is all about layout. Regardless if you are illustrating or using "clip art." You need to understand colour, typography, concept, and layout equally to have a successful design. I've seen "Illustrators" draw awesome images and blow the type and "Designers" create great images and blow the colour. Or have beautiful composition and a totally irrelevant image, either for the concept or the band. And I've seen every mistake possible made by both camps myself included. Design vs. Illo has nothing to do with how you create but how well you create. I'm no pro either I've only been full on into gigposter design and silk screening my own stuff for about a year so take it with a grain of salt. No kid who hasn't had some training, either self taught or other, can just sit down at a computer and do the stuff AA is doing.
this poster could have had something as simple as a Chinese newspaper knocked down to 50% opacity in some striking colour in the back ground and it would not be bland at all. Clever idea though. Fakebrain had a poster printed directly on a Chinese menu that was pretty cool. Another one of those "wish I had thought of it" deals.
This is much more readable in person. It's 20x26 printed on French Paper Dur-o-Tone, Butcher Off-White 80 lb cover. It's really nice and doesn't have this pink tint. Just a bad photo. The original design Paul did is really great but we got some bad advice from a "master" printer and it really made the screen print get much darker than the original design.