if there were only 25 posters printed, and i couldn't even find this one on their site, then that's sad. seems like they're deliberately trying to create demand for their posters, since on their site it also mentions "small print runs, no reprints." after you take away the posters you give to friends, the venue, the band, there can't be many left. plus it seems to contradict the idea of making silkscreened posters. its advertising and should be distributed somewhat widely, in my opinion. it could be seen as an attempt to turn your work into "collectibles" which i don't like, since its so hard to get one. but i dunno what the situation is, i'm just guessing.
i like the poster itself, i agree that it has a more 'honest' immature look, instead of all manufactured. i don't think that's a cut - i mean, the artwork is sketchy, is it not? sketchlike. anyways, my 2¢.
jeff, my first impulse is to laugh, how many other death cab posters for this show are there? my second impulse is to wonder why they asked me to do a poster? on the one hand more art generated by an event, well, how can that be bad? it gives artists a chance to practice their craft. but if one was attempting to establish any sort of brand identity, well, you'd have three different looks that most people would think 'gee, this must be for a different death cab show.' it generates more work for all involved, yet fragments the actual events look, so in the end the posters just all stand on their own.
if the artists had known there were others working on posters for the same show, they would have been able to perhaps use somesort of unifying graphic, even the way Graceland was written or something. to tie it together as a series. as it is, they are not similar thru no fault of any of the artists.
i do blame the promoters, though in this case i know em and i know they didn't mean any harm. great shows like this don't come along all the time, and they probably figured if people want to do posters for them, go ahead. but its all just my opinion. :-)
spacelady, sounds like you got it. i get paid to do posters on a weekly basis, some get paid per poster, some make up for it by making posters and giving some for free, selling some. but people will also pay you to design silkscreened posters, its just different in each case i guess. i'm not sure how to work the silkscreen aspect either, i've only done about 10. and i screened 3 myself. i think that's like most poster designers goal, to get silkscreened assignments. how you get em is up to you i think. but i'm an idiot, so don't listen to me. listen to blt and jermaine. :-)
spacelady, as far as being the inhouse designer for graceland in seattle, yeah, i was up until just recently. i basically just got paid a monthly rate, and they had me do between 4-6 11x17 b/w posters a week. great way to practice styles and ideas, also good way to burn out. but most clubs need good black and white stuff, if you just take some samples, and are reasonable (cheap) then you should get good feedback and work. works for me anyways. as for getting people to pay you to do color silkscreen work, ahhh...if you find that out, lemme know. seattle does suck with all their anti-postering laws. everyone says they used to be great for posters, but now posters can only go up in specific places. ironic since chantry, ames, modern dog, shawn wolf and blt all were in seattle. anyways, thanks again for the nice comments, i am not worthy.
jermaine, that's interesting how that worked. i hope i didn't sound competitive or start any arguments, i just thought the "concept police" on this site would enjoy discussing how one show has two completely different interpretations on the posters. in the end, its that much more advertising for the show, and that's good. i wish more people wanted more than one poster for a show, since it would mean more work for everybody. those graceland guys are rad though, and its awesome that they got you to do a poster. did you have it printed and sent up to them, or printed in seattle? when i've done a few silkscreens for them i've just sent up the designs and had them printed up there. and then i'm lucky enough to get 4 or five of them. anyways, thanks for the nice words jermaine, your definitely one of the artists i look up to.
BLT, thanks also you rascal. when you printed that Mouse on Mars poster i wasn't involved as much in the poster scene, and i mentioned you to a friend, and he was like "That's the guy who printed Art Chantry's stuff, and Shawn Wolfs stuff." so now i'm very intimidated. if you get a chance, email me about that les savy fav poster. ;-)