60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists
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60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists. Warning! All 60 images are on the one page so this page might take a while to load.
posted by Effigy2000 (30 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Not bad, but nothing I would purchase.
posted by DJWeezy at 11:22 PM on September 28, 2008

Needs more Derek Hess.

Could also benefit from some John Dyer Baizley.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:23 PM on September 28, 2008

That's a good way to wake up the brain cells on a Monday morning
posted by MinPin at 12:18 AM on September 29, 2008

Im a poster designer and a gigposters.com regular and at least half of these guys on the posted site are wack as shit.

Go to http://www.gigposters.com/ and make up your own mind.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 1:04 AM on September 29, 2008

most of those are awful!
posted by mary8nne at 3:54 AM on September 29, 2008

Where would one have seen these posters? Nowadays, almost all of the concerts I go to are announced and tickets sold on the web. I can't recall the last time I saw a poster like the ones pictured.
posted by notmtwain at 4:52 AM on September 29, 2008

I was wondering the same thing... are they really still plastering lots of concert posters up around cities in America these days? I have a feeling not so much, but I wouldn't know.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:34 AM on September 29, 2008

Given the quality of screen printing and the graphic design that goes into these, I'm guessing they go straight past being hung up in neighborhoods and onto the walls of collectors.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:06 AM on September 29, 2008

Arrgh, Smashing Diggbait.

Flapjax, how many posters you see depends on where you are - I was in Seattle last week and every telephone pole was completely covered with posters. Most of them were B&W, though; not whole-rainbow pieces like these.
posted by egypturnash at 6:17 AM on September 29, 2008

I lean more toward posters from folks like Jay Ryan. His lettering is impeccable.
posted by lester the unlikely at 6:18 AM on September 29, 2008

This guy is one of my favorites.
posted by Mcable at 6:28 AM on September 29, 2008

Yeah, there were a couple in this post that were pretty good, but those were far outweighed by an awful lot of awful.

Around here, a lot of the posters are made by these guys. I like 'em.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:46 AM on September 29, 2008

Far out, man.
posted by tommasz at 7:06 AM on September 29, 2008

The majority of those look like pure dreck to me. Most are the concert poster equivalent of an annoying emo myspace page.
posted by Narin at 7:11 AM on September 29, 2008

flapjax, there are some, but not a lot. The only people still using the ol' bucket o' glue method with any regularity are hip hop artists and movies catering to the hip hop crowd. I live in a pretty run-down area of Philly, and I see these on boarded up windows all the time.
posted by nosila at 7:13 AM on September 29, 2008

The influence of the 60's psychedelic posters has hung around a bit too long, if you ask me.
posted by kozad at 7:34 AM on September 29, 2008

See also High Art

Ignore the smarminess of the first link in that post and click on 'Submit'--that collection of 102 posters from Fillmore and Avalon posters is quite the treasure trove..
posted by y2karl at 8:09 AM on September 29, 2008

I'm a big fan of Mike Budai, but he's out here in Pittsburgh so his posters might be unknown to most of the country. I have a few of his prints; all of them are screen printed by hand and the colors are wonderful up close. I've seen him working at Artist Image Resource (AIR) occasionally and I'm always amazed by his meticulousness...and his bunnies.

BTW, AIR is open to the public on Tuesdays if you're in town and ever wanted to learn how to screen print.
posted by Alison at 8:12 AM on September 29, 2008

Some of them are great, but others are just dreadful and don't really capture the spirit of the acts they represent.

Interesting nonetheless.
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 8:30 AM on September 29, 2008

I've long been a fan of Jake Kelly.
posted by bwilms at 8:44 AM on September 29, 2008

*shakes his head*

no Ames Bros or Brad Klausen?
posted by ShawnString at 11:47 AM on September 29, 2008

The filename says JPG, but the ridiculous dithering says GIF… I'm so confused.
posted by designbot at 12:49 PM on September 29, 2008

Where would one have seen these posters?

For rock/etc shows, I see them in record stores and at the actual venues pretty frequently--increasingly now that concert posters are a hot collection item. Of course, that's in Chicago, where Jay Ryan and friends have done a lot for the poster culture. Collectors snatch them up by the time the show is over, so you don't see old ones sticking around as much but they're definitely around. I'm guessing they appear on college campuses as well...
posted by pokermonk at 1:03 PM on September 29, 2008

I usually enjoy Smashing Magazine articles but I didn't like a single one of the posters they picked out. Maybe my taste is very different. I far prefer this collection of 50 posters.
posted by junesix at 1:15 PM on September 29, 2008 [1 favorite]

With the exception of Emek most of those are pretty un-amazing in my opinion.
posted by Liquidwolf at 3:20 PM on September 29, 2008

The past few times I've been to the Fillmore, there sadly hasn't been a poster. Are they phasing them out?
posted by roll truck roll at 5:10 PM on September 29, 2008

Some of the posters are alright, but that is some seriously bad writing. Are 'inspiring' and 'vibrant' the only adjectives this guy can come up with?
posted by obvious at 7:36 PM on September 29, 2008

If nothing else, it's hard not to be impressed with the booker for The Mars Volta.
posted by kittyprecious at 10:56 AM on September 30, 2008

I'd buy Beastie Boys one that is an homage to Bruce Lee. Dopeness....
posted by bethechange at 1:01 PM on September 30, 2008

I want the one of Morrissey drinking with Oscar Wilde hanging on my wall, but only because I really like Morrissey. The rest of them are mostly pretty standard concert poster fare.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:49 PM on September 30, 2008

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