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Sisters of Sinister present… Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone!



Soooo…. this is the flyer I did for Sisters of Sinister’s event, Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone! The event is being held at the Lawrenceville Moose in Pittsburgh, PA on August 19, 2011. It costs just $15 and features Defunct! as well as a barrage of local supporting acts.

This was a really fun design to do. I’ve been finding that lately I’ve been getting “lost” in design more and more and really paying attention to the details, trying new things, learning new things, etc.. I know, it’s how I always should have been, but life is stressful and sometimes you just don’t have time to put into the things you love. (I know, it’s a good quote. You can use it. :P)

But yeah, I’m still on the “do what I like” kick, so hopefully all my upcoming designs will keep improving. 🙂 Oh and as always you can find more info at lolli.org!

Sunset til Sunrise presents How Strange 3


This is the design I did for Sunset til Sunrise’s event “How Strange 3“. The event is taking place in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, September 10th, 2011. The location will be posted closer to the event and you can find it on FaceBook or (our website) Lolli.org. I posted the images pretty large this time so I’m not going to write out the entire lineup because it’s huge.

This was a challenging design for me to do. When Tall told me he wanted me to do the design I started compiling a TON of random, fun images, and had the intent to collage them together in a crazy, random, fun design. About 2 days before we needed to go to print, changes were made (of course) in the size of the final printed piece as well as additions to the lineup. This meant that anything I had worked on would of course need to be majorly adjusted. Not an issue, I’m quite accustomed to working under the wire. I mean, I might as well live under that wire.

In reworking my original concept, I began to move in a new direction. Not just compiling various images together to create a cool and cohesive layout, but really creating my own art for the piece. Now you can get into what a graphic designer does vs what an artist does until you’re blue in the face. I consider myself first and foremost to be a graphic designer. I’m not the best at fine art. Well, let me rephrase that. It’s not that I don’t have skill there… but I wouldn’t position myself as strongly to someone that I could deliver what they wanted on a fine art level as much as I would graphic design. I digress… Anyways. Somewhere between the hours and 1 and 3am, while drowning in some deep tech house, I began to create the world you see in the design.

Where did it come from? No freaking clue. A lot was inspired by things I’ve seen, things I’d want to see. I could say that it might be somewhat inspired by the video of one of my favorite songs: “Ghost Inside” by Broken Bells. (Seriously, it’s a great song. Check it out.) All I know is that when I felt I was done, I sat back and thought to myself, “Wow. I actually like this. No, I love this. This is actually me.”

I have found myself struggling with “rave art” lately, and my place in it, the direction other designers are taking it, etc. Truthfully there are a lot of people out there that can do what I do, can do it better, can do it differently. But it seems that what the big name promoters are all going  for lately all looks the same… and that design style just isn’t me. You know, I loved 90’s and early 2000’s rave art because it was just that… art. It wasn’t about how colorful you could make it, if it could glow in the dark, if it was on super glossy paper, if you used 3-d graphics, any of that. It was truly about an artist creating the promoter’s vision of the event. It was art that could easily be translated into just a poster. Strong imagery, simple and straightforward typography.

About 2 years ago is when I noticed my design really make a shift towards this current “in” style of rave design (bright colors, 3-d, puke puke puke). During that time of course I referenced a lot of other rave designs, therefore my stuff has looked very similar, because face it, I wanted the work, and I wanted to give people what they wanted. I think I’m at a point now where I have the freedom (and client base) to do my own thing and truly stop conforming just because that’s what’s “in” right now. I mean, we’re artists. Being different is what makes us who we are. Trying to be someone else (or even design like someone else) will always be harder than just being yourself.

I’m excited to start this new path. I know that this whole write up probably means more to me as a brain dump than anyone else reading it. To be honest, if you’ve made it this far without thinking I’m nuts, I’ll give you a cookie or a shot or something the next time I see you. I DIGRESS yet again. Anyhow. Look for changes in the future, cause they’re a comin’.

Sunset til Sunrise, Humanaut, Yinz Guyz & Legions of Dance present Summer of Love

This is the flyer I did for Sunset til Sunrise, Humanaut, Yinz Guyz & Legions of Dance’s Summer of Love party happening on June 11, 2011 at the Irish Center (6886 Forward Ave) in Pittsburgh, PA. The event features Run DMT as well as Yaumbit and a ton of supporting local acts. It also features the Humanaut Lounge, where the great musical geniuses of Humanaut will be setting up camp for the evening.

This flyer was an extreme rush job and it was a RIDICULOUSLY TINY flyer! It’s like 2.125″ wide by 5.5″ tall. Crazy! Definitely a challenge, but… completely doable. Check out this party if you can, it ‘ll be a great start to a great summer. As always, check out lolli.org for more info!

Opus One, Sunset til Sunrise & Promo West (North Shore) present Pittsburgh Electronic Music Festival

This is the artwork I did for PEMF (Pittsburgh Electronic Music Fest) happening in Pittsburgh on Sunday July 3, 2011. It features MSTRKRFT & Excision (yay) as well as Mux Mool and other supporting acts TBA. It’s happening at Stage AE on the North Shore.

This was a fun piece to do. Everything was created in Photoshop from scratch using a bunch of crazy techniques, which I’m trying to do more and more. Learning Photoshop completely is like telling yourself you’re going to learn every language that exists in the world. It’s impossible, but… I’m trying. Thankfully there are about a bazillion Photoshop tutorial sites out there which are proving quite helpful.

Anyhow, check out this event. It’ll be a good time, especially considering it’s happening on one of those rare Sundays when you can go out and party and have fun and not have to work the next day! Gotta love that! As always, for more info check out lolli.org.

1337, Opus One and Sunset til Sunrise Present “Wanna See Something Sweet?”

This is the flyer I did for the 1337, Opus One and Sunset til Sunrise party “Wanna See Something Sweet?” happening on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Mr. Small’s Funhouse in Millvale (suburb of Pittsburgh), PA. The night features Japanese DMC turntablist Kentaro, San Francisco’s The Genie, as well as local talent Doverspike and Sunset til Sunrise.

This was a fun flyer to do. When I got the project, the name of the party and the the bar codes… I instantly wanted to do a meme flyer. Most of the memes are from the past few years, however as you’ll notice, some hail from the late and early 90’s. I believe there are at least 50 memes on the flyer… including “Hide You Kids, Hide You Wife”, “Backtraced It”, “Dancing Baby”, “LOL WUT”, “O RLY?”, “Hipster Little Mermaid”, “Epic Fail”, “I Can Haz Cheezburger”, “Turrets Guy”, “All Your Base are Belong to Us”, “Vuvuzella”, “Chocolate Rain”, “Deal with It”, “Homestar Runner”, and many more!

More info on the event can always be found at lolli.org.

Sisters of Sinister & Sunset til Sunrise present Freeze This 3

Excuse the sizing on this one (and the fact that I’m typing in blue)… I’m a little format challenged this evening. Anyhow, this is the flyer I put together for Sister of Sinister & Sunset til Sunrise’s event Freeze This 3. I’m a bit late getting it posted (the holidays were quite hectic as was the 9-5 job). Anyways, this was a fun one to do. I ended up referencing some mid 90’s design and a style much different than anything I’ve done recently. I think it turned out A-OK. For reviews and pics of the event visit lolli.org. Welp, that’s about all I have to say about that one! I know I have been MIA for the past few months but expect to see posts more frequently going into 2011. Thanks!! Happy New Year!

Sunset til Sunrise presents Get Lucky… Catch the Leprechaun!

Just finished this up… it’s the flyer for Sunset til Sunrise’s March 12 2010 party “Get Lucky… Catch the Leprechaun”. This was a rush job, but I like how it turned out. The party features UK break Djs NAPT, which a great supporting lineup as well as an equally talented lineup of artists. The party will be at the new Meter Room, which I’m really excited to check out. Flyers should hit next week sometime. For more info check out http://www.lolli.org.

Sunset Til Sunrise Presents 3D Thriller

This is the flyer for 3D Thriller thrown by Sunset Til Sunrise and will take place at the Irish Centre in Pittsburgh, on October 31, 2009. For this flyer the promoter wanted to focus on Thriller so even though I try my hardest not to use images from other things, I at least tried to make them into something unique for this flyer. All the background images were manipulated, and then manipulated again so that if you look at this with anaglyph 3D glasses, the images will appear 3D. Tall with Sunset Til Sunrise is great to work with. I can’t wait until his parties in the spring, because the designs are so fun to do. This was ordered in a rush quantity of 500, and an additional 5000 to arrive next week.

B.A.D. Ass. presents Earth

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B.A.D. Ass. presents Earth, the 3rd installment of the planetary parties. I’m very late updating this. The party already happened and it was definitely a great way to end the summer. Great job to Wes and the B.A.D. Ass crew for putting together a top notch event.

Sunset til Sunrise presents How Strange

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Sunset til Sunrise presents How Strange. I love working for Tall… the Close Encounters of the 3d Kind flyer (shown below, keep scrolling…. yep thar it is!) was one of my favorite flyers I’ve done (if you look at it with 3-d glass, YES, it’s actually 3-d.. woooOoOoOoOo!). Anyhow, Tall wanted this flyer to be a collaboration of talents, just like his party. So he got one of his favorite local artists “Valentine” to put together the graphics you see in the background of the flyer, then he handed it over to me. I did the entire layout. This is the first collab piece I’ve done since college, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out. I’m looking forward to this event, for sure. Tall puts his heart and soul into these events, and you can tell when you get there, because they’re just incredible. This was a full page 11×8.5, 4/4, folded piece done in a quantity of 5000.