Poster-Maker Profile : Clint Wilson

screen printed gig poster for st.vincent by clint wilson of austin texas

Screen-printed gig poster : St. Vincent – Clint Wilson

We have a treat for the pop-pickers who are heading along to our poster show – how about some posters for Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift gigs? Yes yes yes!
That’s not the sum total of Clint’s work but it’s certainly worth a mention we feel…

Clint hails from Austin Texas and was one of the very cool and hospitable hosts to the travelling poster-makers who headed that way to take part in the Flatstock convention… so you know, there was an awful lot of bbq and beer going on over there – every night! It was actually tricky to get to see a band over there for all the ale and cooked meats flying around – wow.

So yes, we hope y’all will extend a hearty welcome to the posters of our transatlantic friend, come and grab a tube-full.

screen-printed gig poster by clint wilson for the get up kids

Screen-printed gig poster : The Get Up Kids – Clint Wilson

Look out for very professionally printed wares on good quality stock, they feel real good and are registered perfectly… there’s a real range of formats, including portraiture and textural space vistas

Click here for the Clint’s site

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Poster-Maker Profile : Factory 43

indians poster by factory 43 seattle

Screen-printed gigposter : Indians – Factory 43

Bleep! bzzzzzzzzzzzzz… Bleep!
Factory 43 is a big old clanking, buzzing and bleeping press located in Seattle. Its shadow looms long over the city and the robotic drive-wheels never stop turning, cranking out editions of neatly drafted comical designs.

The last humans seen entering the gates in 2007 were Andrew Saeger and Veronica Velasco – according to concerned family members, they had packed lunchboxes with them but not enough that could have sustained them all this time…

Their signatures still appear on the numbered editions of gig-posters produced however and, whilst a little kooky (read gently twisted), the factory’s wares are still instilled with humour – the robots can’t surely have learnt that could they?

Look for collage and illustration hybrids of a Terry Gilliam-esque world whose populace of unfortunately proportioned wanderers, wildeyed critters, monsters and the fantastical machines they’re operating, don’t always work in harmony…

Seattle's Factory 43 : father John Misty gigposter

Screen-printed gigposter : Father John Misty – Factory 43

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Poster-Maker Profile : Scotty Roller

reverend horton heat poster

Screen-printed gigposter : The Reverend Horton Heat – Scotty Roller

We were so pleased to get a positive response to our participant invitation from this Nevada based poster-maker … this busy fella was not just selling his wares at this year’s SXSW Flatstock event but was promoting the launch of his latest project “Rock City Posters” which by all accounts will be Reno’s first gigposter gallery.

A thoroughly nice guy, (we hung out at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Flatstock in 2012 too) Scotty designs and prints posters that are not just simply concert memorabilia, or to use the more pedestrian term “merch”…
…no, his posters actually promote the shows, sell tickets and get bums on seats (and that, in truth, is pretty rare amongst Stick Up exhibitors).
Designing a piece that shouts to passersby, lures them, informs them and then is desirable enough to be bought by them at the show – well, the savvy and the negotiation skills required to do that deserve a good deal of respect. I hate to imagine how many “make the logo bigger” conversations that this guy must have had to take control of!

Bravo Scotty Roller – Roll on!

Look for posters steeped in the tradition of rocknroll show promotion, that display a long learnt balance of showtime information and imagery… though all of the Stick Up exhibits are examples of official band commissions none will “feel” more authentic than Scotty’s.

uk tour poster for the soul legend Charles Bradley by scotty roller

Tour Poster : Charles Bradley – Scotty roller

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Poster-Maker Profile : Adam Pobiak

sleepy sun concert print by Adam Pobiak

Screen-printed gigposter : Sleepy Sun – Adam Pobiak

Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, the mighty Adam Pobiak now resides in a giant cave beneath central London, strewn with exotic furs and echoing with the growl of his “Way-Out Thunder Plunder” playlist (which pulses hypnotically through distant speaker-stacks day and night).

After a hearty breakfast (possibly consisting of, judging by his towering frame, a brace of barbecued sightseers that have strayed too near his lair) Adam is fueled and ready to hand-print a couple of editions, each of around 200 posters (that’s quite a physical feat folks – no joke)…
If Adam does decide to stride across The Downs to attend the show, then hang out with him, have a beer and a laugh, but remember to run away in a zigzag fashion if he gets hungry.

Look for strong symmetrical compositions, with a metamorphic figure or visage framed with fluid psychedelic forms… Adam’s posters often employ skilfully mixed blends and are bridled with just enough restraint to not blow your mind entirely beyond repair…

psychedelic gig-poster by Adam Pobiak

Screen-printed gigposter : The Fabulous Penetrators – Adam Pobiak

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Poster-Maker Profile : Kii Arens

Kii Arens concert poster for Motorhead - Lalaland

Lithographic gigposter : Motorhead – Kii Arens

Now, listen up… The Stick Up poster show is billed as a screen-printed gig-poster exhibition, a display of handcrafted concert memorabilia – live event artwork printed by hand – but! slipping through the net this year we have a one off exception in the form of Kii Arens and his collection of lithographic works
…and what an exceptional exception this guy is!

Not much was known of him at all by your humble curators though some of his slick and schlocky images had certainly been made familiar during our research of the scene over the past few years. Quite the dandy, the lithos (with their total lack of the colour restraints a screenprinter usually works to) are a vivid testament to the wild career Kii appears to be enjoying – hell! he’s got Beyonce and Fleetwood Mac in his client list!
So let us put aside any woolly jumpered snobbery of “the craft” and let these bold and saucy pieces dazzle us a while.

Look out for a wild unrestricted range of imagery – on the one hand, brash, technicolor lampoons of 20th Century advertising, playful, kitsch and sleazy movie posters etc, while on the other hand, sharp clean illustrations with a pop art vibe.

depeche mode gigposter by kii arens

Lithographic gigposter : Depeche Mode – Kii Arens

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Poster-Maker Profile : John Howard (Monkey Ink)

psychedelic poster art by designer John Howard : the stick up poster show

Screen-printed gigposter : Acid Mothers Temple – John Howard

It is a huge pleasure to introduce many of you to the wonderful psychedelic artwork of San Francisco resident John Howard. Wow.
Sadly he is too busy to attend in person, but the Stick Up curators have met him on at least three occasions (Hamburg Liverpool and Austin TX) and can reveal that despite the 3rd eye boggling, spirit guide unleashing, 20 000 volts of cosmic energy, John is an extremely calm, pleasant and easy person to meet.
He would forgive us we think for describing him as one of the scene’s veterans, but some of his collectors would probably prompt us to use the word shaman instead. It’s a great honour to have him onboard and we hope you’ll get to meet him next year (or next life).

Look for the confidence of an artist not afraid to wig out and play with weird pockets of the spectrum, often mixing them on undulating streams of lines influenced, we gather, by early totemic carvings.

John Howard's psychedelic posters will be showing at the Stick Up poster show in Brighton - part of the great escape festival 2014

Screen-printed gigposter : Nik Turner’s Space Ritual – John Howard

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Poster-Maker Profile : Lil’ Tuffy

little tuffy pavement broken social scene gigposter

Screen-Printed Gig-Poster : Pavement – Lil’ Tuffy

Lock up your daughters, we’ve only got gig-poster royalty in town! Over for a jaunt from his native San Francisco is Lil’ Tuffy, one of the highest profile poster artists going at the mo… Are we chuffed? yep – think so.

Look for choice clips and snippets of old-school advertising/public notice imagery layered and collaged in a fresh way, this guy’s compositions are pro.

Alt-j poster brighton stick up exhibition, the great escape may 2013

Screen-Printed Gig-Poster : Alt-J – Lil’ Tuffy

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