The Pilot Talk cover illustration was developed over many sessions with the input of Curren$y at DD172 in Tribeca. Featuring a distinctive color pallet, the image has taken on a life of it's own, inspiring fan art, sneakers, and tattoos. This was the introduction of one of my first pattern-fill techniques. The album is already considered a classic and the artwork remains one of my favorites.
The sequel to the Pilot Talk I cover, this vector illustration depicts the Pilot's dream home, a suped-up 70's mansion with "vintage egg-chairs" hanging from the ceiling. Created with input from Curren$y, Ski Beatz, and the Senseis. I tried to pay homage to "Where's Waldo" and another great kid's book I had, the name of which I can't recall...
5 years in the making, this project took to the skies at the beginning of 2015. Spitta wanted to go deeper into the world with this one, with more real/unreal renderings of cities... I decided to bring in the celestial theme, with 3 planets to go along with the 3 jets from the first cover.
Poppington is Damon Dash's downtown art gallery, located at 60 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side. I developed the brand identity including the logo and have curated 5 major exhibitions there. Poppington has been featured in Details Magazine, Complex Magazine, and The Daily News, and has collaborated with brands including Heineken, Adidas, Karmaloop, and Montana.
Design, branding, and fabrication for Lower East Side fried chicken restaurant. Includes logo, business card, website, and menu designs, as well as custom artwork for the interior of the space including an illustrated lightbox and handprinted curtains.
Created logo, menu, and business card designs for this client, located in Tribeca. Developed signage and aesthetic for multi-story restaurant, with 4 window pieces each featuring 3 colors, including reverse-leaf gilding.
As Creative Director, I designed dozens of graphics for Vampire Life over a three year span, working closely with Jim Jones on a regular basis to help him achieve his vision for the line. I developed and managed production for printables as well as accessories, including phone cases, socks, and V Vodka bottle packaging.
This album cover was created for the first entry in Ski Beatz comeback producer-record. Ski is the legendary producer responsible for Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt" and, more recently, Curren$y's "Pilot Talk." This illustration was made in homage to DD172 aka "The Dojo" as depicted on the inside liner notes.
Out of our love for classic New York signage, Mac Pohanka and I created Noble Signs. We specialize in handpainted, neon, and fabricated designs, and our signs already grace the facades of dozens of businesses in New York City, including bars, restaurants, and galleries.
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Bun came by the Dojo to share some tracks from his new album "Trill OG" for a select few DD172 family at Under 100. Adidas sponsored the event and hooked everybody up with free kicks. We hand-silkscreened these posters as a way to say thanks and gave them out to guests.
LAMC was the brainchild of Ariel Panero, the late, great show promoter who made his indelible mark on the NYC underground music scene despite checking out way too early. These posters were the beginning of our working relatiionship, they are still some of my favorites. The razorblade print was 3 color with reflective vinyl on the blade.
This high-concept album cover illustration was created in collaboration with Murs himself over many sessions at Ski Beatz' Greenpoint apartment. An alien race crashes into the ocean, evolving from fish to humanoids as the banks of the shore. Murs is a big supported of comic artists and he showed it with his appreciation for this cover.
Trademark da Skydiver alter-ego Flamingo Barnes comes to life in this album cover illustration. Inspired by the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the Flamingo Hotel, this vector artwork features a casino scene brimming with activity.
Artwork was created exclusively for Pepsi to promote their new consumer engagement model at an exclusive event hosted at DD172. T-shirts were hand-silkscreened on-site during the event.
To inaugurate the opening of the new Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we were commissioned to create these three color silkscreen posters for their very first show featuring Les Savy Fav. Hair is everywhere in this design which presents an interesting origin for the Knitting Factory logo.
Erykah came to New York to promote her new album, "New Amerykah Part Two..." and stopped by DD172 to give an exclusive concert at Under 100. Ariel Panero commissioned us to handprint this oversized 3 color poster on reflective paper. Erykah also curated an art show at the Dash Gallery featuring Kyle Goen, an artist we collaborated with on these handprinted "Hip Hop is Bigger Than..." t-shirts which were distributed as part of the opening.
This was the first poster I was ever commissioned to work on (thanks Joe Ahearn), and I'm still proud of it. Years later, Future Islands remains a vital band that I'm still interested in and I hope to work with again. And it was at the Silent Barn selling these posters where I met Ariel Panero, founder of LAMC, who ended up connecting me with countless other musicians.
Spectrum is the solo project of Sonic Boom, guitarist for the legendary outfit Spacemen 3. I designed these limited edition silkscreens for his 2009 show at Death By Audio, inspired by the pinups of Patrick Nagel.
Designed logo, business cards, and signage for this client. This was our first attempt at reverse-leaf window gilding and it came out OK.
In the spring of 2011, Dave Chang and I had the idea to offer high-quality, curated vintage clothing in an art gallery setting. After a couple months of preparation and sourcing, Local 172 was born. It was instantly received with open arms within the world of fashion and high society. The pop-ups ran weekly at the Dash Gallery in Tribeca with great success, and Dave and I were featured in Vogue, NY Times, and T Style Magazine for our efforts.
Rob Dellapietra runs a butcher shop of the highest order on a historic block of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights. His prime dry-aged beef is as good as any you've ever head and we tried to give him branding and signage that would match that level of quality. The windows feature traditional reverse-leaf window gilding and hand-pinstriping; expect more to come soon.
Jason Woodside has created the most thoroughly-realized solo exhibition at Poppington to date. Working with Jason was great, and we created a run of limited edition silkscreens handprinted at Poppington to sell at the opening. Additionally, we created a limited edition t-shirt for sale at the closing.
It was great sharing an office with Coodie and Chike of Creative Control. I designed this poster for them to commemorate all the awesome things they were involved with during their first year or so of existence. Featuring Jay Electronica, the Black Keys, the Cool Kids, McKenzie Eddy, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Ski Beatz, Mos Def, Chanel Iman, and more.
Jessica Chastain stopped by for the America Nu photo shoot and we took the opportunity to deck her out in some vintage Local 172 gear. This ad was the product of the photoshoot. I'm still happy with how the type treatment came out on this.