The bird machine, inc., is a screen print poster workshop, owned and run by jay ryan, which is located very close to chicago.
Jay learned to screenprint beginning in 1995, working under steve walters at screwball press. jay printed posters for his own band (dianogah), his friends' bands, and the clubs they played at. slowly, work from other clubs and other bands came in.
In 1999, jay started the bird machine print shop in the basement of his apartment building, and soon hired mat daly to help with the printing responsibilities. mat worked with jay until the end of 2007.
In 2002, the bird machine moved to proper commercial space in chicago's ravenswood neighborhood, during which time the national poster community really took off, as reflected by jay's constant travel, showing posters and talking to students around the country. during this time, the crew of people working around the shop included diana sudyka, nick butcher, dan grzeca, kevin duneman, nadine nakanishi, sue demel, alana bailey, jack ryan, and, of course, mat daly.
In 2007, the bird machine moved a final time, to a small building in skokie, a near-north suburb bordering chicago, where the print shop runs now.
Cricket Press is a tiny little operation geared towards designing and hand printing silk-screened posters for music events, art shows, propaganda, and basically anything you'd want to make a poster for. We especially love doing gig posters for punk, indie-rock, jazz and improvised music events. Reason being, this is just the music we love, and the people we love to work with.
And just who is it behind all this, you might ask? Well, Cricket Press employs the tag-team duo of artists Brian & Sara Turner. That's us... that's it. We come from backgrounds involving all sorts of creative media, from illustration to photography, graphic design to woodworking... in short, we just enjoy making stuff out of stuff (and many times out of nothing).
strawberryluna used to just be Allison, but now it’s Allison & Craig, a wife & husband team in Pittsburgh, PA.
We illustrate, design & then hand silkscreen print rock posters for bands, create and print various art prints and t-shirts, & more. Self-taught, we are both firmly rooted in the handmade movement and traditions of DIY. We love to draw from both past and current influences in our work and mix the two with regard only to the aesthetic outcome. Hopefully, in an effort to make a brighter, happier corner of the world or a tiny universe where a giraffe is perfectly capable of accepting a cup of coffee from an elephant best friend. But mostly? We like fun.
Given the wide array of images that greet any visitor to the Punchgut's website, it’s not hard to believe Punchgut when he comments that his favorite piece of his own art is always the one he’s currently working on, looking at, or fomenting ideas for while in the midst of a late night catfishing expedition. Drawing his inspirations from stimuli as varied as illicit firecracker packages, 80s video games, distorted photocopies, wood carvings and outsider art, sailor tattoos, and cartoons of every kind.
My father (that guy right there on the back of the tandem) says my first painting was made with my own excrement when I was very small. My mother would tell you that I put my mark on everything as a child.. scratched into furniture, carved into walls, and “fixed” with whatever was available. Now I draw and build things. I believe that there’s always a better, simpler, and closer to sustainable way of doing and living. I believe in bicycles, real food, and the sweet sounds of the banjo.
Eleanor is well-known as an animal illustrator; she’s that and so much more. Starting in 2005 in Philadelphia, PA, we’ve developed into a full-service studio. Eleanor illustrates and screen-prints our famous art prints and posters right here. We work daily on patterns and editorial illustrations posted to our blog. Eleanor can also design your website, logo and layout whether it be corporate or casual. She’s got the know-how to get the job done!
Dirk Fowler is the poster making half of “f2design”, a graphic design studio he operates with his wife Carol, in sunny Lubbock, Texas. His unusually simple concert poster designs are printed using antique letterpress equipment. Most of his images are hand cut and are combined with vintage wood and metal type, giving each print an individual, unique and tactile quality. His concert posters have appeared in numerous books and major design publications, as well as galleries and poster exhibits around the world. His clients include Wilco, The New York Dolls, Columbia Records, Wired and Billboard Magazine.
Tim Gough has been working in Philadelphia as a designer/art director for various agencies and design firms for the past 8 years. His art is influenced by the screen printed process and mid century graphics. In 2007 Tim left the agency life behind to pursue illustration and art full time. His work has been found in books, magazines, newspapers, and other ephemera nationwide and abroad. Tim also publishes a limited edition zine called ‘Cut and Paste’ a collection of drawings and things, he frequently shows his drawings and screen prints in various galleries and shows.
As co-founder and principal of Us & Them, Sei Rey pours creativity into each project while keeping the message purposeful and clear. For Sei Rey, design is about communication, not decoration. His work has been published in prestigious design magazines Communication Arts and Computer Arts, and also published in design books such as Impressive and Gigposters. His work has also been honored with numerous awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. With 7 years experience in design, Sei Rey knows how to take a project from the concept in his head through to final delivery. Sei Rey studied graphic design at the University of South Carolina. When Sei Rey is not making his clients happy, he’s an avid rock-climber and is training for his next epic adventure.
Nate studied advertising at Syracuse University , although, he describes himself as an illustrator and printmaker. He specializes in hand-drawn and hand-printed music gig posters, art prints and apparel. His art has a fun and organic vibe that makes it easily accessible to a broad audience. Nate has worked for a wide range of clients like Phish, Nike, Bonnaroo, Sierra Nevada, Sweet N' Low, Lost, Ked’s shoes, Wilco, Blue Q and numerous others.
My name is Daniel Harris and I paint with music. As a solo artist, I dance with my effects pedals like the Joker with Vicky Vale in the bell tower, creating terrifyingly soothing atmospheres of synesthesia.
With over fifteen years of experience behind him, Harris regularly performs and records original music, opening for international acts such as The Books, Lymbyc Systym, and Tobacco as well as performing with producer Roger Greenawalt (Ben Kweller, Albert Hammond Jr, Nils Lofgren) during The Beatles Complete on Ukulele at the 2010 SXSW music festival, for which he was personally invited to participate by Greenawalt.
Harris has also made name for himself in the scene creating album art, stickers, concert posters and t-shirts for Boston, NYC and international acts. He has been a proud contributor to Screens 'N' Spokes since 2007.
By day Matt Sutter works as a graphic designer. By night he draws comics for his shared site BirthdayStreet.com, draws superheroes for TheSuperest.com and makes arty screenprints in his musty old basement in South Philadelphia.
The Heads of State
Screens 'N' Spokes 2007
Jason Kernevich, The Heads of State | Philadelphia, PA
Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers have been working together in one form or another since 2002. After graduating Tyler School of Art’s militant design program, Kernevich and Summers began making silkscreen posters for Philadelphia’s independent music scene. The graphic and conceptual simplicity of their collaborations made an immediate impact on the burgeoning poster revival in North America. Local clients and small projects paved the way to international acclaim and assignments from the likes of R.E.M., Wilco, and The New York Times. They now run a full-service design and illustration operation, applying their graphic elegance and visual wit to a wide range of clients and projects. They’ve won awards from Communication Arts, American Illustration, Print Magazine, Graphis, and the Society of Illustrators.
Niff is an illustrator and trapeze artist and circus instructor living in Philadelphia PA. She has worked with many online and printed publications such as "The Saturday Evening Post." she thinks she might just be the only artist to work with Screens 'N' Spokes who didn't screen print, but gave an original hand drawn piece, but she could be wrong.
Gina Kelly has been making posters since 2006. Since then she’s been included in numerous books, festivals, art shows, and press establishing her work. She just finished working on an animation for TVoTR’s song “New Cannonball Blues”, and is currently working on her new stop-motion film, Super Natura which just finished a successful Kick Starter campaign.
She’s also currently producing and co-curating with Maya Erdelyi an exquisite corpse animation project called Quick and Dirty involving 20 artists and animators including Guy Burwell, Jim Trainor, Martha Colburn, Tunde Adebimpe, Olivia Taussig, Jeanette Bonds, Nate Page, and more! Sound and music curated by Paul Fraser. Coming January 2012!
My name is Gary Houston, I’m a graphic designer and illustrator. I also make concert posters under the moniker of Voodoo Catbox. I do these for local venues and touring bands. Each of these posters are limited in edition, hand pulled screen prints. The artwork is created in a variety of ways. Some are scratch board illustrations, some are hand cut films and some are inked. The color separations on each poster are generated by hand cutting film on a light table. Screens that have been coated by a light sensitive emulsion, with each color separation are exposed to a light source to create a stencil. Each of these screen stencils are registered, and printed by pushing ink through the screen with a squeegee. The last color printed is the line art which holds the composition together. Think of it as a building process as each color is printed, it completes a piece of a puzzle.
GUYBURWELL's distinctive line work can be like a kick in the teeth, all hard lines and action, giving the impression that the art might cut your skin if you get too close. At other times, he can fill the lines with helium, floating the images just beyond the grip of reality in pools of color that aren't meant to coexist peacefully. Any which way you approach the images, give them a good close look because there are things to see well beyond the cursory glance. But never. Ever. Turn your back on them. If you want flat, boring, empty, meaningless, common, pseudo contemporary counter culture corn, you can get that anywhere. For GUYBURWELL, you can only come to the source.
"I am a commercial artist, foremost, and bring a degree of popular class appeal to everything I do. Ultimately I want to produce what I want to produce, whatever the venue, outlet, medium. I work constantly, be it for pay or pleasure, day in and day out. All day every day. Home or away, I am always thinking about work. It's not manic, but it's always there. I have a photograph of myself on my wall, age three or four or five, bent in concentration over a sheet of paper, pencil nub in hand, and it's been a constant reminder, and an ideal to live up to. Who wouldn't want to do this? Nobody, that's who."
John runs the Bungaloo, a small illustration and design outfit, all by his lonesome from his home in sunny Denver, CO. While he specializes in concert posters he screen prints himself by hand, you can also find his illustration and design work gracing T shirts, magazines, gallery art prints, albums, as well as a slew of other nick-nacks.
Dan McCarthy is an artist based Massachusetts. A big part of his life has always been making art and playing music. In the 1990’s, Dan started playing in bands and making flyers to promote shows at local venues. At the age of 18, he moved to Boston to study at The School Of The Museum Of Fine Arts, where he began screen printing and designing posters as well as painting and drawing. Dan’s artwork explores the relationship between nature and technology and the cyclical nature between life and death. Since graduating, he has been exhibiting his work in local and national galleries and has work published in "The Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion" (Grushkin/King, Chronicle Books) and "Swag 2: Rock Posters of the '90's and Beyond" (Drate/Salavetz, Abrams). Presently, Dan works as an artist and designer at his home in Falmouth, Massachusetts and plays drums in the band Helms.
When you ride a train back to your hometown, you look out across the vast scenery - into a sky that seems to stand still in its endless blue while the trees and the scattered towns and the telephone wires rush by like a movie reel. In the middle of the country, far away from the bustling city and the boiling traffic is a plain white house with one giant tree and one tiny swing in the yard. The house looks empty and the only car there is a broken-down and rusty one but the swing is swaying in the breeze. And as you pass that yard and the swing and come upon row after row of subdivided neighborhoods with houses that all look exactly the same with the same car in each drive-way and their drivers all leaving at the same time going to virtually the same place - you are still being haunted by that swing.
When I look at Justin Santora's work, I not only see that swing, but I see the child that once swayed in it. Justin's prints and illustrations are complex in process and thought but simple in beauty. The ideas of innocence and the loss there-of, the weaving memories that shape our lives, and the longing of someone who is outside looking in are all prevalent in the composition of Justin's work. The nostalgia of childhood that lingers on into our adult lives and the paths of daydreams we want to lose ourselves in are inherent in his art. The starkness of the landscapes and the muted panes of color form an emotional bond with the subject matter of the pieces through the painstakingly detailed fine lines and scratchings of the drawings themselves. Based out of Chicago, Justin's amazing work stands out as a monument to all of our wishes even in the face of our sometimes daunting reality. - Erin Armstrong, Kill Hatsumomo Prints/Screwball Press
Chris Williams is a self-trained silkscreen artist. After getting his start asking questions of local printmakers and spending countless hours on gigposters.com, he has grown his business in the last seven years to doing work for touring bands and universities. His most consistent work has been for Carrboro, NC’s Cat’s Cradle, having done several hundred posters for the club since 2005. In late 2009 a solo show, Kitten Covered Creosote, was hosted at Chris’ alma mater, Appalachian State University, in the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. In 2010, Chris served as one of the primary artists for the first Hopscotch Music Festival, illustrating many of the musical acts for the festival guide. Also in 2010, 400 of Chris’ prints were accepted into the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.
In the opening months of 2011, Chris’ works were the subject of a solo show, “Debris,” at Raleigh’s Amplified Art, as well as being part of a group show, Listenings at Raleigh’s Block Gallery, after which, several prints were added to the city’s permanent collection. Chris works from home, is in two bands, and is the parent of a three year old, Seamus Grant, who is frequently the influence/inspiration behind his work.
Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman were both drawn to music and design at an early age, but didn’t combine their talents until 2005 when the duo founded a design studio with the goal of fusing these two creative avenues. The pair has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the world’s most talented musical artists.
With dynamically different skill sets ranging from fine art to film production, Dan and Nathan bring diverse talents and artistic perspectives to every project.
DKNG strives to provide their clients with the image and recognition that they deserve. Their work includes packaging, apparel, web design, photography and many forms of print including hand silk-screened posters.
In addition to serving a wide range of independent and corporate clients, Dan and Nathan have been the resident poster artists at the world famous Troubadour in Hollywood, California since 2007.
Status Serigraph is the graphic design and poster work of Justin Helton. Since 2005, Helton has become one of the most sought after young designers in the Southeast. A one-man studio specializing in graphic design for the music industry, he has designed materials for some of today’s biggest musical acts and festivals. Working with bands like Phish, The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Ween, The Black Keys, and festivals like Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands, Helton has created an array of designs. Working out of Knoxville, TN, he uses a blend of design, illustration, and typography in his work and his posters are printed entirely by hand. As an alumni of the University of Tennessee, and current Creative Director at AC Entertainment, he has the experience to design to your needs and deliver the final product in a professional manner. His designs are hip and quirky, but compromise of strong design skills and fresh conceptual thinking.
Marq Spusta is an artist. He gets into a variety of projects, from designing concert posters to exhibiting intricate paintings. His artwork and characters can be found on everything from children’s books to doom metal records. He currently lives and works in Pacifica, CA.
Dan MacAdam has been screenprinting in Chicago since 1996, operating under the nom-de-guerre Crosshair. Crosshair is most widely known as a creator and printer of screen-printed concert posters, but also produces fine art prints, record and cd covers and custom packaging, both as an artist-printer and as a printer of others' work. Dan's most recognizable work uses his original photography as the basis for heavily layered and intricately detailed silkscreen prints. His prints frequently present man-made structures in contrast or consonance with their landscapes, in decay or in defiance of disintegration, as a metaphor for the vulnerability of human existence.
I’ve carved out a very special corner of my life—and built a DIY design and screen printing studio to fill it. For almost a decade I have been solving design problems for bands, businesses, publications and assorted clients. During that time I’ve also created a huge catalog of screen-printed badassery for all to enjoy. During the day I am an art director at a major CD/DVD manufacturer, and the rest of the time I’m engrossed with this, my visual obsession.
The screen printing process informs much of what I do. I have a deep appreciation for hand-crafted aesthetics. I went to school to be a painter and print maker, which informs my work and process with focused critical and aesthetic values, DIY know-how and intuition, and respect for art and design history.
But it’s not all work and furrowed brows around here. I’m a two-time Pabst Blue Ribbon Philadelphia Rock Paper Scissors City League Champion, which has scored me $2000 in giant checks, a nice trophy, and the best damn dog I’ve ever met. Largemammal has allowed me to stay up too late on school nights, operate a power washer indoors, eat an ungodly amount of BBQ in Austin TX, consider how to apply graphics to the bottom of a filled swimming pool, purchase a really nice engagement ring, and work with a whole bunch of fun, talented and interesting people.
HERO is a multidisciplinary design studio dedicated to producing hand-crafted illustration and design, run by Buffalo-based husband and wife team, Beth Manos and Mark Brickey. Formed in 2003, Hero focuses primarily on design and illustration for the music industry and cultural institutions, yet have enjoyed collaborating on a wide range of projects for a variety of clients. Hero’s innovative screen prints have been featured in magazines such as HOW, Print, and SPIN, and design publications including Gigposters Volume 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century (Quirk Books), 1000 Garment Graphics (Rockport Publishers), and Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design (Gestalten Verlag). Their work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries including Museum of Design Atlanta, Gallery 1988 (LA), and Crewest Gallery (LA).
Mat Daly is an artist living and working in the great City of Chicago. In the past 10 years Mat's screen printed posters have become a mainstay of the Chicago indie music, art, and craft scenes as well as covering the walls (indeed maybe bathroom walls) of rock clubs, record stores and galleries across the US and abroad. In addition to being the principal poster designer for the nationally acclaimed Renegade Craft Fair, Mat's past clients range from The MoMA, NYC to The Hideout, Chicago. Mat's screen print shop, called WORKSPACE, is a studio specializing in the creation of superior quality screen printed editions of his own as well as those of a number of talented artists.
I'm Adam Turman, Minneapolis-based illustrator and screenprinter. I work out of my home studio creating artsy-farty stuff for the best customers and clients in the world. Many of my customers are locally-based, and much of my art includes local subject matter. I'm a homebody. I like to take vacations and trips as long as I know I'm not staying away from Minneapolis too long. I commute by bicycle pretty much everyday including the harsh Minnesota winters. Portland, you ain't got anything on us.
You can find my work all over Minneapolis. I've heard it said "you can't walk down any street in Minneapolis without seeing something by Adam Turman." I'd like to believe that's true on most days. If you don't find it on the street you can find it at AdamTurman.com.
Drew Millward was born in 1981 in Coventry; he grew up in Bolton, and now lives in Leeds, where, since around 2004, he has been drawing pictures.
Drew likes to draw ‘the old fashioned way’, using pencils, pens and a love of the craft of illustration. While his subject matter can vary dramatically, he hopes that the attention to detail and the love of drawing is apparent throughout his work.
He has exhibited throughout the US, UK, Europe and beyond, as well as having the pleasure of creating work for an ever growing international client base.
Diana Sudyka is an illustrator and printmaker in the Chicago area. Her printmaking background includes working as master printer for studios such as Big Cat, and Landfall Press. Currently she creates illustration work for books, album artwork, screenprinted rock posters, as well as watercolors for her natural history blog The Tiny Aviary. Bands that she has created posters for include: The Decemberists, Feist, Iron and Wine, Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Pearl Jam, Tortoise, and the Black Keys. Most recent books illustrated include "The Mysterious Benedict Society" series by Trenton Lee Stewart.
Nick Rhodes established Switchopen Illustrations back in 2004. Switchopen offers a unique service of design, illustration and print; Combining an interest in printmaking and music, Switchopen offers a creative and bespoke approach to projects large and small.
Switchopen has produced work for national and international music artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, The Fleet Foxes and The National. If you are interested in commissioning Switchopen please get in touch.
Mark Forsman is a young adult that was shoved in to design after falling in love with the world of gig posters. He's been know to make everything from beer to bad jokes. After being born in the Pacific Northwest, his appreciation for nature was nurtured and while he currently lives in Brooklyn, his dreams often place him in a log cabin surrounded by tree's on a river. While his real world job (in Advertising) takes up almost all of his time, he still tries to splash some ink around and produce prints between the madness.
Brainstorm is Jason Snyder and Briana Feola. We are a Philadelphia based illustration and screen printing studio.
Striving for a balance of top notch technical execution with vibrancy in image and color, Brainstorm works to create a satisfying blend of graphic design, illustration, and silkscreen printmaking. In addition to art prints and personal illustrations, Brainstorm works on custom design projects, producing unique and hand printed products for a great list of clients.
Working out of a real basement in Des Moines, Iowa, BASEMINT is a design and print shop founded by Andrew Maahs and Kelly Bittner. They specialize in hand-numbered concert posters, art prints, wearables, greeting cards and other screenprinted coolness.
BASEMINT finds inspiration in old books, new music and the minds of little kids. They toss it all together and hope it comes out all cool and pretty. When it does, they print lots of them.
Two Arms Inc is a boutique Design Shop in Brooklyn, New York. Comprised of Michael Tabie and Karen Goheen, they Specialize in Posters, Packaging, Ink Slingin', Branding, and custom illustrations. They believe in craftsmanship, an attention to detail, and the sweet spot between concept and execution.
Clinton Reno blurs the line between nicest guy in the world and hot-tempered nut job. The dichotomy in his personality is what likely conjures art that is both light-hearted and inspiring. His work is packed with textures and ornate details. He has a grand ability to amalgamate the historical and the fictional - the technically sound and the completely absurd.
Clinton grew up in the cultural metropolis of Xenia, Ohio, sketching Grizzly Adams and GI Joe characters. His love of drawing led him to the esteemed Columbus College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 1995.
Reno has built quite a following in Columbus and beyond, hand-pulling limited edition, silk-screened posters for music events, cultural festivals, non-profit organizations and businesses. He has designed and screened posters, CD Artwork and T-Shirts for numerous acclaimed rock bands, including My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers and CAKE. His critically appreciated work has landed him in a variety of art shows in cities across the map, including Brighton, UK, Atlanta Museum of Design, Portland, San Francisco, Cincinnati and Columbus.
Reno and his wife Becky had their first child, Wyatt, in October of 2007 and are currently expecting the arrival of boy #2. In what spare time they have they work on renovating their century old 2 bedroom home.
Bobby Dixon is a self-proclaimed artist/designer/cyclist/nap-taker. The first three are clearly evident. Operating Kollective Fusion out of Austin, TX, he’s designed memorable posters for The Roots, James Brown and Gnarls Barkely to name just a few. In addition to his prodigious talents as a designer he captains the Kollective Fusion cycling team in local Livestrong and Bike MS events.