Flatstock 22 & Bumbershoot Music Fest in Seattle!

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Huzzaah! It’s show time! Flatstock 22 Poster Exhibition, an on-going gig and rock poster exhibition that travels throughout the year is on again. This time it’s Flatstock 22, in Seattle WA during the Bumbershoot Music Festival. This is possibly my favorite Flatstock and we are so looking forward to traveling once again to the lovely city of Seattle. With over 75 international and currently working poster artists selling and displaying our work, Flatstock 22 Poster Exhibition is bound to be an explosion of awesome for your eyes, and even a treat for your home and office decor. Most posters and prints were printed by hand, and all will be available for purchase. Come and meet the artists and talk about the poster game, there is a story behind every single print.

When & Where!

Flatstock 22 Poster Exhibition will be inside the  the Bumbershoot Music Festival at the very cool Seattle Center, a 74 acre park built for The World’s Fair in 1962. Flatstock hosts over 75 poster artists and we will all be found in the The Fisher Pavillion right next to the Fisher Green Stage. You will need an entrance ticket to Bumbershoot to see Flatstock, though there is no additional cost for entrance to Flatstock. For more info, check out the Bumbershoot Music Festival and Flatstock websites.

Dates: September  5th, 6th & 7th 2009.

Hours: 11am – 8pm, all 3 days.

Below is a small map of the Seattle Center park complex, with a larger & legible version available on my Flickr page here.

Click for a larger map!

Click for a larger map!

And here is a list of attendees at this year’s Bumbershoot Flatstock:

Amy Jo, Artillery, Trevor Basset, The Bird Machine, Inc., Boss Construction, Broken Press, Mike Budai, The Bungaloo!, Burlesque of North America, Casey Burns, Crash Design, Frida Clements, DKNG, David V D’Andrea, Nat Damm, Daniel Danger, Delicious Design League, Design Medicine, Diesel Fuel Prints, Doublenaut,, F2design, Furturtle Show Prints, Gigart,, Guyburwell, Justin Hampton, Hero Design Studio,, Jambone Creative, Kollective Fusion, Mig Kokinda, Largemammal, Landland, LeDouxville, Lil Tuffy, Mad Pakyderms, Mexican Chocolate Design, The New Year, Patent Pending Industries, Mark Pedini, Penhead, Popfuel, Powerslide Design Co., Will Ruocco, Sandusky Bay Poster Works, Seattle Show Posters, Todd Slater, The Small Stakes, Jon Smith, Squeegeeville, Standard Deluxe, Inc., Dan Stiles, strawberryluna, Diana Sudyka, Kevin Tong, Two Rabbits Illustration, Vahalla, Voodoo Catbox, Clint Wilson

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Crafts’n’At Craft Fair in Pittsburgh!

Go check this craft fair out!

Go check this craft fair out!

September is a lovely month, isn’t it? So many changes and new things going on, it’s no surprise that this September is loaded with awessome craft shows too.

Although I won’t be a part of this show, as I will be in Seattle for another Flatstock poster show during the Bumbershoot Music Festival, I think that you fine folks who will be in Pittsburgh should check out the awesometacular Crafts’n’At Craft Fair at the Union Project over Labor Day weekend, put on by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective (PCC).

The Who, What, Where, When, & Whys:

WHO: Crafts N’At is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Craft Collective. We are a group of 51+ members working to create a strong and vibrant craft community through social and resource networking, education and workshops, and information sharing.

WHAT: Crafts N’At is an opportunity for independent crafters to show and sell their wares, establish their business, and to celebrate creativity. It features over 50 vendors, make & take crafts for children and adults, craft demonstrations, live performances, a Chinese auction and raffle, and an outdoor BBQ.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, click here for more information. If vending isn’t your thing, but you still want to help out please send us an email at If you are looking for promotional items for the show {including banners, buttons, and flyers}, click here.

WHERE: The Union Project at 801 North Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

WHEN: Saturday, September 5, 2009 {Labor Day Weekend} Open to the Public: 10am to 6pm

WHY: The PCC will work each year to raise money for a charity in conjunction with this event. This year’s show will benefit [ gravity + grace ] and the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania (PFWPA).

[ gravity + grace ], a contemporary opera written by Frank Ferraro, reveals his struggles with Parkinson’s Disease and will premier Sept 25th at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts.  All net proceeds of [ gravity + grace ] will be used to support the PFWPA programs and services for people with Parkinson disease, their families and caregivers.

“GIG!” – A new poster show at 52.5 Records in Charleston, SC

Hand printed poster for the GIG! poster show by Chuck Keppler

Hand printed poster for the GIG! poster show by Chuck Keppler

Alright! August is full of poster shows, ain’t it? Which is awesome.

I am super proud to be a part of a poster show at one of the coolest independent record stores around again, 52.5 Records in Charleston, South Carolina. The GIG! show is a rad collection of over 20 current poster artists with a incredibly wide range of work. The opening night is not only coming up on Friday August 28th, but it’s free! With music by DJ BirdFlu of the Bubbleguts Bros, drinks and a special donation event with 10% of opening night sales proceeds will be donated to the Lowcountry Aids Foundation as part of the “7 Stores, 7 Days” event.

All posters on view will be available for purchase at the show throughout the duration of the show, but they tend to go fast at the openings.

Artists in the GIG! show include: Alan Forbes, Leia Bell, Art Chantry, Matthew Foreman, strawberryluna, Johnny Pundt, Adam Turman, DWITT, Crosshair, Pete Cardoso, Matt Pfahlert/Get a Clue Design, Oliveargyle, Darren Grealish, Jessie Bowers, Jason Brachman, Chuck Keppler, Lil Tuffy, and Scott Campbell.

The essential details all nice & neat:

WHEN: Opening Night – August 28th from 7-9pm. (Show to hang through September 30th.)

WHERE: 52.5 Records at 561 King Street in Charleston, SC

More info is available at 52.5 Records’ website here and also at 52.5’s blog here. If you are in Charleston on Friday the 28th of August, go see some cool poster art and have a fun ol’ time supporting handmade and local.

Norwegian wood – The Oya Fest’s poster show

Posters in the wild at the Oya Festival poster show in Oslo, Norway

Posters in the wild at the Oya Festival poster show in Oslo, Norway.

Oslo, Norway is home to one of the coolest and largest music festivals in Europe, the Oya Festival. For the past few years Norwegian designer and poster artist Are Kleivan has been organizing a poster show to coincide with the Festival’s various events and I’m pleased as punch to be a part of the Oya Fest Poster Show for the 2nd year in a row. Proceeds from the sales at the show this year went to Hey, double awesome!

Above and below are some photographs from the opening (August 11th) and closing (August 18th) days of the show. And in answer to the question, are they any ugly people in Norway? The answer is undoubtedly, no. None. For more photos, check out the thread on and these from German poster artists Lars P. Krause’s visit to Oslo, the Oya Fest, the show, and Norway here on his Flickr page.


Posters hanging out while people hang out in Oslo, Norway.

New poster released: The Decemberists

Hand screenprinted 3-color poster for The Decemberists show on 8/14/09 at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

Hand screenprinted 3-color poster for The Decemberists show on 8/14/09 at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

No surprise, I love, love The Decemberists, they work the lovely and dark into a thing of beauty and complexity so well, so deftly. We’re really pleased and excited to be working with them once again for this poster.

This poster is my all hand screenprinted ode to The Decemberists “The Rake Song”. It’s a 3-color print with bright & shiny metallic gold, midnight black and rusty pink inks. Edition of just 110. Size: 16w x 22h inches. Paper: acid-free & archival Cougar 100 lb White, cover weight. Available on my website here.

Their show in Pittsburgh last night was fantastic, exceeding even the rumors we’d heard and expectations set up from tales of previous nights’ shows on tour. Playing “The Hazards of Love” from start to brutal finish, kicking much ass with a killer rendition of Heart’s “Crazy”, and giving a magical reenactment of “The Battle Of Fort Pitt” by The Decemberists Family Players, we were spellbound. And now I’m even further in love. Thank you for the magic. And thanks again for signing a copy of your poster for us too!

The Decemberists take the stage at The Byham Theater

The Decemberists take the stage at The Byham Theater.

For more progress photographs of this poster being printed, check out more photos on my Flickr page here.

Finished poster & Carl Sagain. Yep.

Finished poster & Carl Sagan. Yep.

Gold ink, ready to go.

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