In the same way that Blue Note album covers capture the mood and vibe of 1960's studio sessions, a new wave of designers, illustrators, and printers are taking inspiration from the tone of an album or the lyrics of a song to turn out stylized, thematic art prints. And they're using non-toxic, water-based inks too. Dig it.
The posters featured in this set are local gig posters, designed for tours or specific shows. However, many of these designers and artists have art prints and non-music related work in their shops and portfolios as well.
1 Wilco, Maymoor Park, Seattle by Pfahlert Creative Labs ($25).
2 The National, pre-Lollapalooza show at the House of Blues, Chicago by Spike Press ($40).
3 Bob Dylan, Seattle by Concepcion Studios ($45).
4 Beirut, by Mark McDevitt for Methane Studios ($25).
5 The New Pornographers, Cannery Ballroom, Nashville by Boss Construction ($20).
6 The Black Keys, Fox Theater, Boulder, by Dan Stiles ($24).
7 Yo La Tengo, New Year's Eve show at the Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ, by The Heads of State ($30).
8 The Decemberists, with Rodrigo y Gabriela, by Aesthetic Apparatus ($30).
9 Andrew Bird,Troy Savings Bank Music Hall,Troy, New York, by Nerl Says Design .
10 Tortoise, Empty Bottle, Chicago, by Crosshair Silkscreen Printing and Design ($30).
11 The Pixies, Uptown Theater, Kansas City, by Vahalla Studios ($25).
If you are interested in finding a screenprint of a favorite band or musical artist, check out Gig Posters. This site has an incredibly extensive selection of designers and bands.
**Most of the designers do not state what type of ink they use for their posters and prints, so I contacted them via email to find printers who use water-based inks.