We are stoked to be doing our second AGAINST ME! poster for our favorite little venue The Original Cafe Eleven in Saint Augustine, Florida. AGAINST ME! is one of my all time favorite bands, and having lived in Gainesville and North Florida, we have gotten to see our fare share of their shows. Some of my all time favorites would be the show I saw at the Elks Lodge In St. Augustine in 2006, where there wasn’t even a stage and the last show at Common Grounds was a pretty epic as well. And with this show being the first back in St. Augustine with the awesome Laura Jane Grace, Well lets just say we are more than honored to be a part of it. The show is already sold out, but the merch table is outside so you can purchase a poster withouth having tickets. We will also be selling what’s left after the show in our online store. – TRON!
Done and Done! The Posters are screened and the 20 year Anniversary show in orlando is over. We had a tone of fun making this poster and the colors came out great. It is a 19×25 Two Color (Dark Grey / Yellow Gold) on some French Smart White 110 pound cover paper, First Ed. of 50. Thanks to Vinnie from Less Than Jake for letting us be a part of the show. Last one out of liberty city… burn it to the ground! – TRON
The posters are available in our store but until we get the leftovers back (if there are any) we only have 10 for sale, so if your a die hard LTJ fan like me you you better get on it! Click here to visit our online store!
When Less Than Jake announced that they were going to be doing a 20 Year Anniversary Tour (seriously… 20 years!) in Florida I jumped at the chance to do a poster for one of the shows, so imagine my excitement when Vinnie wrote me back and asked if I wanted to be a part of the 20 Year Anniversary Poster show at the Beacham Theatre in Orlando, I lost my mind.
The concept was make a poster for the show that referenced something from Less Than Jake’s past. So choosing The Hello Rockview Album was a no Brain’er for me. Not only do I just love that album, the poster for it is pretty much the reason I met my wife, so I definitely owe it one. I’ve always loved the 50’s style retro/comic illustration style, and the similarities between the Hello Rockview Cover/Booklet and the Lyon Estates/Hill Valley signage from Back to the Future are just too close to not have crossed paths at some point. Plus LTJ has always been into referencing 80’s pop culture so the mashup just made sense. I also want to credit Steve Vance for the original illustrations of the people from the Hello Rockview album.
The poster show will feature 20 different limited-edition screenprinted pieces of art celebrating Less Than Jake, from influential artist such as Horsebites & Joe Simko. All of the 20 different designs will be hand-signed and numbered by the artists that created them. The posters will be limited to only 30 units of each design available at the Orlando event. Fans will be able to purchase posters beginning at the 6 p.m. door time and continuing throughout the night. Additional limited quantities of the posters will be available online for fans of the band who want to own a part of Less Than Jake history but don’t live in Florida.
Well folks, what can I say about these posters that I ain’t already said… Some Black, Some Blue and Some Brown. All printed, signed, and stamped ready to be delivered to tomorrow nights show in St. Augustine at Cafe Eleven. Don’t go wastin lighting by missing one of these badass prints. All 19×25 inches printed on some sturdy 100 lb French Kraft Speckletone Deliciousness. If for some reason you can’t make it out to one of the shows or these things sell out before you get one, we should have some artist copies up on the site after the tour is over. Just do yourself a favor, if you have heard of Lucero, go see them live. If you haven’t heard of them, listen then go see them live. They are seriously one of my all time favorite bands and it has been a real pleasure getting to do work for them… Cause it’s One Shot of Women, One Shot of Work, One shot’s sweeter but both can hurt Just let it go, kid just let it go! – TRON | Luceromusic.com
For most people, getting to do one poster for one of you favorite bands would be enough for a lifetime. And we thought it would be too, but when we heard Lucero’s new album “Women & Work” and saw they were coming back for another Florida run… well, we just couldn’t resist. The new album is so amazing, we were blown away when we found out that we were asked to do a poster for the whole Florida Tour, not just one date. And after listening to the album with commentary from frontman Ben Nichols and getting a little more info about each track, I quickly grabbed a pencil and paper and a poster Idea was born.
On the title track, Ben says “One Shot of Women… One Shot of Work” referring to shots of some kind of delicious liquor. Well, we just modified that a bit and thought Dueling Pistols might convey that same idea in a little more southern fashion. Balancing your Women and Work while traveling great distances across America between both can feel a lot like a good ole fashion gun fight at times. And back then when it wasn’t working out (it never does) and neither side would concede, someone usually ended up on a wanted poster.
Much Thanks to Bart for making this happen and if your at one theses Floria Show Dates, make sure and pick one up as they are going to be a limited run that probably won’t last through the tour. If they do, we will have some up on our store as well! Stay tuned for some printed previews and if you can’t wait for us to post them here you can follow us on instagram/halftonedef for live updates and shenanigans! – TRON
We designed this poster a little while back for a political themed art show we did here in Jacksonville during the 2008 election called “Partisan The Sea“. The idea behind the poster was to remind people of our first amendment right in the long large wake of the 911 tragedies. To not feel silenced out of fear of prosecution or just fear in general. I was lucky enough that none of my grandfathers died fighting for that right but a lot of others did, and we can never forget that. It is one of the founding principles that make this country great.
We originally only made 25 prints for the show and I had no plans of ever printing a second edition of these but due to recent events we just had to. After watching all of the Occupy footage of non-violent protesters being pepper sprayed and the current Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) issue, we felt that a reminder never hurts. The 2nd ed. is printed with dark grey instead of dark blue and is an edition of 50. The prints will be in our online store here in the next couple of days for pretty cheap and we are also going to give some away via twitter @halftonedef so stay tuned. Freedom of Speech is one of our most valuable assets as Americans and we can never ever forget that or let them take it away. – TRON “Freedom Ain’t Free” BURGUNDY
:: UPDATE :: Starting today, simply re-tweet our message and between now and Friday the 20th we’ll pick 5 winners at random to be announced on Monday January the 23rd. HELL YEAH AMERICA!!!
I apologize in the delay of posting this but we just had so much to talk about with this one it took me a while to wrangle it all up! The 2011 AIGA Always Summer Poster Show & MixTape was a big one for us this year for many reasons. First of all, I strong armed Grease into actually doing a poster for it, My poster idea had a little more meaning behind than just a song, and most of all one of my favorite designers / brother from a long lost mother – Aaron Draplin was coming to give his “Tall Tales From A Large Man” presentation the night before. How Freakin Awesome!
We didn’t actually get to screen our posters this year for the event but we got something just a little bit better… We got to eat several fine meals with Mr Draplin, School him on the do’s and dont’s of Southern Sweet Tea, and after a Long Saturday of Junking in the River City, we argued over the best kind of gold bond you should use when you find yourself in sweaty & humid situation. Thanks so much to Karen Kurycki and Patrick Carter for making that happen.
Draplin was everything you would expect from the videos we have all seen on the internet, And a whole lot more kind than his rugged bearded exterior would lead you to believe. And definitely more full of hugs than you would expect! You should have seen us hug it out when I first met him, it was like two bears tied up in a wrestling match. It was great to spend time with great mind who shares such a passion for design of things from our past. And it probaby won’t be the last time we cross paths. The Worlds Longest Yard Sale Happens Every Year! If you haven’t gotten a chance to see his presentation, do it! It was as refreshing as a bottled coke from an ice chest on a hot summer day and definitely bullshit free!
This weekend kicks off AIGA Jacksonville’s annual membership drive better known as the Always Summer Poster Show. There will be close to 100 posters on display this year, all created by the truly talented crop of local designers from, and around, Jacksonville. In addition, passion and inspiration will be exuding this Friday, September 30, when Portland designer Aaron Draplin stops to kickoff the weekend with his “Tall Tales from a Large Man.” Reserve your seat now to catch him speak! It’s definitely going to be a radical weekend to close out our cruel summers of Jacksonville. Hope to see you all out! ~ varick, AIGA Communications Director Via AIGAJAX Blog Article – A Cruel Summer, Johnny
Above on the left is our “Cruel Summer” poster from last year and one of our personal favorites “In The Meantime – Space Hog” by Micheal Barnhart. Come stop by our table at the show and give us a High Five, We will be selling back stock of some of our older posters as well. Some of which have never been for sale before so come getchu some! – TRON.
Check out more pics from the Always Summer Poster Show 2010.
It’s that time of the year again, when spring is just around the corner and one of the best dang concert series this side of the Mason Dixon converges on a little town in Georgia you just might have heard of named Savannah, That’s right folks, The Savannah Music Festival! It feels like we just finished the the She & Him Poster from last year, but time flies when your having fun I guess. This year we are coming with double barreled guns blazing, slangin’ two new fresh posters for North Carolina’s own Avett Brothers and the Infinite Armed Band of Horses. So get your tickets and snag one or both of these bad boys at the shows! – TRON
PS. Both posters are hand screened on French Muscletone stock and size up to just about 18 x 24 inches!
Click here to see the Alternate Version of the CRUEL SUMMER POSTER on WHITE Paper Stock
It’s that time again for the second annual AIGA Always Summer Poster Show & Mixtape. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows next to the SkateDeck show we do every year. For those of you not familiar with it, Each artist/designer picks a favorite summer song of theirs and designs around it, and the DJ’s spin the songs during the festivities. This year we chose an old Favorite called CRUEL SUMMER by an 80’s group named BANANARAMA. For both Grease & I, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear this song is the scene from KARATE KID where Danielson and Ali are playing soccer. So that’s where we went with it, and had a blast doing so. So much in fact we thought about doing a series of overprints like this, but then we start thinking about how long it took to do all those portraiture’s… haha! We’ll See.
This poster was a first for Grease and I, in that this was the first time we purposely tried to do an overprint with transparency using the extender. We experimented with the ratio’s quite a bit and pretty much found out that its trial by fire, and also that the paper color and background solid play a pretty big part of it. We actually printed this poster on both Khaki French Speckletone and solid white sheets. Both seem to yield pretty big differences but both had their own special qualities. The White definitely popped more and played better to the halftones in the brighter orange but the khaki soaked up the orange quite a bit letting the transparency come through a lot more. We might try one more color combo with this print just to experiment with the transparency a bit more, so we’ll keep you posted. We’ll post pics of the actual poster real soon.
Also check out our poster from last years Inaugural Event… Tim Armstrong – Wake Up It’s Summer Bitch