Am I White

Trou­ble­some poster to design. Great pho­to­graph of fea­tured per­former J. Ben Wolfe which I had to cov­er in a LOT of hate­ful tat­toos.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5):
Am I White

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Bright Now Beyond

The orig­i­nal direc­tion for Joma­ma Jones’ musi­cal adap­ta­tion of Frank Baum’s The Mar­velous Land of Oz was a vaude­ville-inspired poster but end­ed up as a qua­si-hybrid of west­ern show­cards and a Black Spar­row book cov­er. Two great tastes.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5)
Bright Now Beyond

Source image notes:
1. Fore­ground image of the Amer­i­can Crow comes from plate 156 of Audubon’s Birds of Amer­i­ca, 1861 and is pub­lic domain. The orig­i­nal image is a beau­ti­ful chro­mo­ligho­traph which has been cropped and degrad­ed with a real­ly rough halftone. (For­give me, Mr. Audubon!)
2. Back­ground but­ter­flies come cour­tesy of plate 10 from the 1895 Ger­man book Europas bekan­nteste Schmetter­linge. Beschrei­bung der wichtig­sten Arten und Anleitung zur Ken­nt­nis und zum Sam­meln der Schmetter­linge ind Rau­pen (Europe’s best-known but­ter­flies. Descrip­tion of key species and guid­ance notes on col­lect­ing of but­ter­flies and cater­pil­lars), F. Nemos and is in the pub­lic domain. The orig­i­nal image is beau­ti­ful­ly col­ored and once again I’ve reduced it to a sin­gle-col­or halftone (except for the spe­cial one in the top-right cor­ner). View a PDF of the entire vol­ume.

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From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach

This SVT poster comes to you from the damp attic of an aban­doned 19th cen­tu­ry ship­ping yard by way of an old West adver­tise­ment. Anachro­nis­tic jum­ble!

From the Pig Pile…

Back­ground image (before re-col­or­ing) is a black and white pho­to of a paint­ing of the S.S. Pots­dam, Hol­land Amer­i­can Line paint­ed by Fred Pans­ing (1854–1912) and is pub­lic domain. High res­o­lu­tion image cour­tesy of our Library of Con­gress.

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20 Years of Salvage Vanguard Theater

Sal­vage Van­guard The­ater cel­e­brates its 20th year in 2014. This com­mem­o­ra­tive image is built from slices of var­i­ous posters and oth­er ephemera I’ve cre­at­ed for SVT since 1999. Of course you did the math and real­ized that twen­ty years ago was­n’t 1999 but 1994. I wish I had arti­facts from those first five years by oth­er design­ers for SVT. Also, the build­ing that housed SVT’s pre­vi­ous office had a fire in 2005 and lost a bunch of their archives. Which is all to say that it’s not a big ego thing by only using my own designs.


The image slices are not aligned chrono­log­i­cal­ly and are not the same slice from each source. This was not an auto­mat­ed cre­ation — all parts were cho­sen and arranged for max­i­mum aes­thet­ic won­der­ful­ness. Cur­rent­ly this is only a dig­i­tal image — no phys­i­cal arti­facts. Lat­er in the year there may be com­ple­men­tary designs for T‑shirts.


Source images (left → right):

  1. Wall­pa­per Psalm, 2001
  2. Venus, 1999
  3. Tilt Angel, 2001
  4. Ter­mi­nal Hip, 2000
  5. Tem­pOdyssey, 2004
  6. A Brief Nar­ra­tive of an Extra­or­di­nary Birth of Rab­bits, 2010
  7. Return of The Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis, 2001
  8. The Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis, 2000
  9. Know Dog, 2004
  10. Iphi­ge­nia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable), 2009
  11. Hed­da­tron, 2011
  12. Fugi­tive Pieces, 2002
  13. Diri­gi­ble, 1999
  14. Guest By Cour­tesy, 2011
  15. The Amer­i­can Demons, 2000
  16. Death of a Cat, 2004
  17. The Cry Pitch Car­rolls, 2003
  18. The Cry Pitch Car­rolls, 1999
  19. 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, 2004
  20. Ajax (por nobody), 2004
  21. Voic­es Under­wa­ter, 2007
  22. Neme­sis @ UTPAC, 2006
  23. Thrush, 2006
  24. Sta­t­ic, 2006
  25. Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis Redux, 2002
  26. The Inter­galac­tic Neme­sis: Twin Infin­i­ty, 2005
  27. Unbeat­en, 2008
  28. Mud, 2007
  29. Moth­er­bone, 2002
  30. Hamil­ton Town­ship, 2008
  31. Genghis Khan, 2005
  32. Dream Cab­i­net, 2012
  33. Civ­i­liza­tion (all you can eat), 2012
  34. Ameri­cam­is­fit, 2005
  35. Venus, post­card, 1999
  36. Salon Van­guard, 2012
  37. Par­ty on the Van­guard, 2013
  38. Par­ty on the Van­guard, 2011
  39. Joma­ma Jones: Radi­ate, 2013
  40. Pinkolan­dia, 2013
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Party on the Vanguard, 2013

Par­ty on the Van­guard is the annu­al fundrais­er (extrav­a­ganza). The 2013 event fell pret­ty close to Hal­loween so Día de Muer­tos was the theme. Nine­teenth-cen­tu­ry wood type (nat­u­ral­ly) and a skull water­mark effect were employed to the delight of prac­ti­cal­ly every­one involved.

Post­card (8.5×3.667)

Party on the Vanguard 2013 postcard

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Pinkos? Cold war? Ice­bergs? Get it? Eh, whad­da you know…

Poster (17×11); Austin Chron­i­cle ad (2.375×2.55); Lob­by posters (36×24)

Pinkolandia Poster/Postcard Pinkolandia Austin Chronicle ad Pinkolandia lobby poster (1 of 2) Pinkolandia lobby poster (2 of 2)

Polar Bear (Ursus Mar­itimus) Engrav­ing, Artist unknown, cir­ca 1800.

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Jomama Jones: Radiate

Descrip­tion com­ing soon. But for now please enjoy this place­hold­er text:

Duis mol­lis, est non com­mo­do luc­tus, nisi erat port­ti­tor ligu­la, eget lacinia odio sem nec elit. Nul­la vitae elit libero, a phare­tra augue. Eti­am por­ta sem male­sua­da magna mol­lis euis­mod. Aenean eu leo quam. Pel­len­tesque ornare sem lacinia quam vene­natis vestibu­lum.

Orig­i­nal pho­to­graph (before I went nuts with the col­ors) by Nisha Sond­he.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5):
Radiate poster

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SVT @ Fusebox 2013

A quick lit­tle card to pro­mote SVT’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2013 Fuse­box fes­ti­val. Guest by Cour­tesy was a full pro­duc­tion in 2011 and we have a small piece of that poster with its title art on the left side. On the right to pro­mote Riv­er of Gru­el is an actu­al pho­to­graph of some­one point­ing at Sasquatch in the woods. This deci­sion will be val­i­dat­ed once you see the per­for­mance.

Post­card (4×4)

SVT @ Fusebox 2013 Card, Front SVT @ Fusebox 2013 Card, Back
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Salon Vanguard 2012

Salon Van­guard is one of the annu­al soirées that SVT hosts. And yes, the logo is wear­ing a gigan­tic Marie Antoinette wig. Why would­n’t it?

Post­card (8.5×5.5)
Salon Vanguard 2012

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Dream Cabinet

A poster for a creepy per­for­mance-slash-art exhib­it sched­uled around Hal­loween set and per­formed in an old Vic­to­ri­an house. I was pro­vid­ed with some love­ly pho­tographs by Eri­ca Nix. Most were black and white and many of them were dou­ble-expo­sures which made the fig­ures real­ly ghost-like. I con­vert­ed my favorite pho­to­graph into a yellow/orange/purple tri­tone to make a rich foun­da­tion for the vivid yel­low and white type and rules to shine. The col­ors are nice and uncom­fort­able while not play­ing off the usu­al black/orange Hal­loween palette.

Poster (11×17) and Post­card (5.5×8.5):
Dream Cabinet

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