Great Gig Posters

In today’s edition of AHH, we look at a forgotten art form – the gig poster.

I should warn you though. In true self-indulgent fashion, we’re only looking at posters for my own bands’ gigs. Still, recruiting great artists to create these posters is one of my favourite achievements from being in a band, so let’s get started, shall we? …

(PS. If you think “The art is pretty cool, but the way the text has been added ruins it” – don’t blame the artist. That was my fault.)

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By Natalie Baker circa 2005. Unfortunately I don’t have any links for Natalie, and I’m not really sure what she’s up to now. If you’re wondering which band was mine, you’ll figure it out. And yes, it was a pretty terrible band name.

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Our CD Launch poster. The first in Natalie’s 3-part “Tree” saga. We asked for something with a literal take on the Tree without Knees thing, but I was expecting something kind of silly and cartooony. Nat took quite a different approach and I was really impressed with the result.

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The recovery begins. This is the worst quality scan of all the pictures.

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The Tree is back in business! This was also our last gig with that name. I wonder where the Tree saga would have gone otherwise?

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By Katie Malajczuk circa 2007. New band name (also new songs and slight line-up change). Still probably a rather bad band name.

Katie Malajczuk’s art

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By Mei Swan-Lim circa 2009. Mei is also a brilliant musician (check out her link below).

Mei’s music 

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The first of a number of posters by Jennifer Chernecki, (a Canadian artist that I met by chance while travelling in Europe). The longer you look at all of her work, the more you will find. All of these are circa 2008-2011.

Jennifer Chernecki’s art  

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I love this painting, but I was never happy with the way I’d added the text. It was a difficult one in that regard though.

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This might be my favourite of all the posters. I believe that’s Jen’s actual pet dog there too.

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We ended up using this image for our CD cover too.

And that’s that.

Watcha reckon? Have any favourite posters among these, or others you’ve come across?

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