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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Flatstock, Part 1 The What Whats.

Part of my booth at Flatstock, SXSW in Austin, TX 2008

Part of my booth at Flatstock, SXSW in Austin, TX 2008, photo courtesy of Hero Design Studio

Sooooo, if you are a keen reader of this blog, you’ll notice that it’s been a few days since I’ve written a new post. Apologies about that. It’s not for lack of work or a spate of boredom though, trust me. This time of year, usually starting in mid-February right after the winter lulls, is what I like to call the “Pre-Flatstock Craze”. Just as new work starts rolling in as bands begin tour season, I’m starting to get ready for SXSW Flatstock by printing tons of new work, pulling, packing (safely! fingers crossed. yipe.) and shipping years worth of work down to Austin ahead of me. What is Flatstock you ask? Ahh yes. Let’s talk about that shall we?

Flatstock is an ongoing series of poster shows and events that happen at different music festivals throughout the year, starting with SXSW in Austin, TX In March, then during the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Il in July, followed by Seattle, WA over Labor Day weekend during Bumbershoot, and then in September in Hamburg, Germany. Flatstock is part convention, part exhibition, part show, and a lot of tell where the top currently working poster artists from all over the world converge to show and talk about their work. All of the poster artists and studios involved in a Flatstock show are members of the the American Poster Institute (API), which helps produce Flatstocks, but is also a guild of sorts for the gigposter art industry.

Look for more Flatstock info coming over the next month. If you are in Austin or heading down to SXSW, come by Flatstock and say hello to your favorite poster artists! We don’t bite, unless you have a tasty breakfast burrito, that is.

Flatstock Schedule:

  • Thursday March 19 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Friday March 20 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Saturday March 21 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Sunday March 22 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Here is a list of exhibitors who will be selling their posters, prints, and talking with folks like you!

And here is a floorplan layout to help you find your must-see studios.

Flatstock in Austin, TX
Rows of rock’n’Roll goodness at Flatstock in Austin, TX