I was given the opportunity to pitch a few concepts for Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.
When you get to design for one of your favorite rappers, it's great. If you have the means, I highly recommend it.
This design was used exclusively for Lollapalooza.
Had the pleasure of working on concepts for Green Day's album Revolution Radio. When I was in middle school, I handed in a drawing of the Dookie album cover for an art project. Needless to say, my teacher was not happy.
"Let 'em say what they gonna say."
Had the great pleasure of working on concepts for Minneapolis artist Lizzo. All designs featured here were available on tour and online.
This project was definitely a bucket list check mark. I've been a fan of At The Drive In for over a decade and never thought I'd have the opportunity to design for them. In 2015/2016 the band decided to reunite for a tour and I was fortunate enough to have a handful of designs at their merch table. Really unbelievable and an honor to say the least.
When I was 17, I got an Equal Visions CD sampler (remember CDs?) outside a show in Minneapolis. I threw it on as soon as I got home. Somewhere on that CD was "Delirium Trigger" by Coheed and Cambria. Claudio's voice threw me at first, but it didn't take long for me to become a huge fan and The Second Stage Turbine Blade is still one of my favorite albums from that era.
The teenage me definitely patted the adult me on the back for this one.
"Sorrow drips into your heart through a pin hole. Just like a faucet that leaks and there is comfort in the sound. But while you debate half empty and half full, it slowly rises, your love is gonna drown."
Ben, Ben, Ben...my goodness. I've been a fan of Death Cab For Cutie's music and Ben Gibbard's songwriting for a long time. I think this project made my Mom pretty happy too (that's what we do this for after all, right?) because Plans is one of her favorite albums.
This design is called "Passport" and was inspired by my favorite song on Kintsugi called "Little Wanderer". They liked it so much it became a tour t-shirt with dates on the back.
"Remember to breathe and everything will be ok."
Like a lot of emo teens in the early 00's (you know who you are), I was a huge fan of Dashboard Confessional. It was so great getting to revisit those memories and create new merchandise for Chris. To go from the kid wearing the shirts to the guy designing them is pretty special.
All designs featured here were available on his US 2016 tour.
I don't think it can get more near and dear to my heart.
Having been born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, the home of Leinenkugel's Brewery, it was an immense pleasure to work on this project. Fun fact: I actually grew up directly across from the brewery and our house was once occupied by the earliest employees of the company.
All hands. No kings.
For the first annual Eaux Claires Music Festival I was given the opportunity to link up with Minneapolis rap group Doomtree on a limited edition, screen printed poster. Shout out to Ambient Inks for killing the print on this one.
It's been great watching these guys grow over the years, turning from the opening act to the headliner in a matter of a couple years. Always fun to design for a band who is comfortable shifting aesthetics.
I can't even count the number of designs I've done for them over the years, but these are a few of my favorites.
For the second annual Eaux Claires Music Festival I was given the opportunity to collab with Vince Staples on a limited edition poster. I sent a few options and this was my favorite. Luckily Vince and his team felt the same way. Keep it weird.
Limited edition, 18x24 for Kyle Kinane's performance in Eau Claire.
Had the pleasure of working on a few tour concepts for country/blues songwriter Anderson East.
Used on the Signs Of Light Tour 2016.
My first recollection of Kid Rock was being a teenager and seeing this dude on MTV who would switch instruments in the middle of a song. Like, the drummer hands off his sticks and this guy rips it. The DJ gives up the table and this guy rips it. All while looking like he just got out of bed. This was pretty fun project.
Boredom pays off.
It was a slow weekend for freelance work, so I decided to enter a Selena Gomez poster contest. I didn't win (the top prize when to a super badass illustration, totally deserved) but I did get third place out of 100+ submissions. Not bad, right?
As a prize, I was sent a copy of my poster signed by Selena Gomez. If you wanna see it, it's hanging in my bathroom.
"In the end, only kindness matters."
Words to live by! This graphic ended up being the tour tee for Picking Up The Pieces. Was super excited to work for such an amazing artist and songwriter.
Also: don't leave this world without seeing her live. It's incredible.
One of my proudest moments was looking at the Billboard charts and seeing my artwork. I've done a ton of designs for Owl City (maybe more than anyone) but this will always be my favorite.
...and hey, it's a catchy as hell song.