ooop. I posted the wrong venue info. This side of the poster was for the Trees show in Dallas. These were screened two up and cut in half. Check out the un cut version. Printed on French Paper Frostone Tundra. Mr. French makes nice paper.
This stuff is really nice. Screwball Press has always done good work. Makes me miss Fireproof. There is a co. in Portland we do work with called firefly press. They do some awesome letterpress stuff. All our jobs through them have turned out top notch. I'd love to see more of Steve's work.
This is awesome. Just shot up to the tops of my lists. Great colour, perfect capture of the 50's B movie feel. The knife is brilliant as the "i" It's also very reminiscent of the Stenberg Brothers from the 20's and 30's. I always like distressed design too. Shazam!
Man oh man I'd love to sell all our "inventory" even at $35 a pop we get very few takers. New vacuum table, new washout sink, think of the possibilities. Everyone wants the posters until you give them the price. They even flinch at paying $10. There's a big misconception that we are all getting rich from the promoters funding the project so why do we sell them at all, just give them away. Maybe some printers get rich but we don't. We print because we love to and if we sell a few then we consider ourselves lucky. We are just now starting to recoup expenses for ink, paper, equipment, TIME. All of you that print and design know how much time you put in. Top notch designers should be making around $100 and hour. Calculate how much time goes into designing and printing a three colour screen, even a small run of 50, and see if selling posters from a non paid run seems so bad.
Some one said after the promoter, friends, etc get copies there are few left. That's true too. One of our more popular prints was the Spiritualized "hanger" poster. Between the band and the club they took half the run. Another half of the remaining went up to poster and that left us with very few. Now we are finally organized and trying to sell and we don't have a single one to offer. On the other hand we made a large run for Mercury Rev and we can't give them away.
Like I said we never skim the calendars for shows we think we can profit on and just do the poster. We are always working with the band or promoter to get sign off on the job and sometimes even the image. That Strokes poster was comp #2. They passed on the first one so I had to come up with a second idea. If we sell out that run I think we'll break even on the time or maybe make enough to buy more ink.
That came off kinda like a rant but it's not just want people who don't have the same printing experience to know how we are operating. I don't think it's that uncommon in the rock art world.
p.s. Spacelady thanks for the compliment for our site!
We've worked directly with the promoters or bands on every poster we've done. We contact them and work out what ever compensation (if any) applies to specific jobs. We are rarely the only people doing posters for a single show however. Clubs have contacted us and said "just so you know there are other people doing posters for free but we didn't ask." I thought that was cool of them to make the call.
Emo's here in Austin gets people coming out of the woodwork for all their shows. they will only pick one artist to get paid though. That doesn't stop the rest from cranking out a flyer. Jermaine and I did a poster for the same Strokes show. I was dealing with Ryan, their manager, have no idea who Jermaine talked to. Knowing their relationship it was prolly Ryan too. That one wasn't a money deal but we got a few friends in to a sold out show and we have had no trouble selling that print. Got to see the new process Jermaine was screening with up close too. It's tight and looks great.
Bottom line is we will always work with the promoter or band on our jobs. It's seems a little fake just to skim the upcoming concerts and design away with no contact with the promoter.