Flatstock!

If you haven’t been, Flatstock is a poster convention that hits Austin every year in conjunction with SXSW. It’s a logical fit: people who like music also like music posters. Approximately eighty poster artists from across the country and around the world show up to talk shop, trade stories, and make some money. Average price for posters is the twenty dollar range so a hundred bucks can go a long way if you’re starting an art collection.

For the annual visitors like myself, there’s enough artist turn-over to add surprises to the mix and the artists who come back make enough new work that their stock is fresh. Trends this year seem to be toward pattern or maybe I was just seeing what I wanted to see? I also left feeling like there were more art prints (as opposed to straight gig posters) than usual and definitely more varied merch- t-shirts, totes, stickers, coasters, etc.

Honestly, there are a lot of things to talk about regarding the state of the poster but I think I’ll have to save it for a more considered post. In the meantime, here some pictures from my walk-through yesterday:

John Howard of Monkeyink (Berkeley, CA) and Austin’s own Kyle Carter. The pictures don’t show it but a number of Howard’s posters are 3-D.

More of Howard’s work.

Kyle Carter. The designers challenge: how many band names can fit on one poster?

Crosshair from Chicago integrating gigposters design with photographic imagery. These always standout.

Bang! Media flaunting a flocked Robocop poster. Hot.

Landland from Minneapolis had a constant flow of traffic.

More from Landland.

This amazing t-shirt is by the wethreeclub.

Nick and Nadine from Sonnenzimmer were on the scene with their usual brand of lyrical abstraction and subtle text. We had a great talk about making posters and surviving as artist/designers. They also introduced me to Mitch from OMG Posters who was making the rounds with his camera as well. OMG Posters is site you should be visiting regularly if you aren’t already.

Sonnenzimmer magic.

Methane Studios from Atlanta, GA.

Methane Studios.

Art History represent. Everybody knows that the kids love Vermeer. Austinite Clint Wilson demonstrates with his RGB Girl with a Pearl Earring prints.

Kevin Tong from LA.

Lure Design from Orlando, FL.

Burlesque of North America.

Badmoon Studios.

Night Owls Poster Shop from Houston brings in a bit of politics.

Powerhouse Factories.

Jason Munn from Oakland- a minimalist in a maximalist world.

Silent Giants.

Nakatomi Inc was a stampede of people.

Piccione all the way from The Netherlands.

Nate Duval had some strong work.

More Nate Duval.

Hero Design Studios- amazing prints (we’ve featured them on our tumblr before) and points for these awesome screenprints boxes that double as a display booth.

Ghost-Town Design House.

More Ghost-Town.

And it wouldn’t be Flatstock without some actual screenprinting supplied by Squeegeeville.

Somewhat tangential but this is a picture of the Austin Chronicle’s preliminary list of official SXSW music performances for last night (Wednesday). This was printed last week and has since been updated. Those are just “official” shows and don’t include the myriad of random concerts going on in almost every conceivable make-shift venue in Austin. Can you believe that there are people who think that SXSW has gotten out of control!?

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6 Responses to “Flatstock!”

  1. Faith says:

    So inspiring! Awesome.

  2. Elinor says:

    thanks for posting! i’ve wanted to go for years; it’s great to have a sense of what it’s like. inspiring.

  3. [...] If you haven’t been, Flatstock is a poster convention that hits Austin every year in conjunction with SXSW. It’s a logical fit: people who like music also like music posters.  Approximately eighty poster artists from across the country and around the world show up to talk shop, trade stories, and make some money. Average price for posters is the twenty dollar range so a hundred bucks can go a long way if you’re starting an art collection.  Check out all the picks and recent travel to Flatstock by Jason Urban. [...]

  4. Kyle says:

    This is a perfect look into the enormity and beauty of Flatstock Jason, thanks so much for sharing!! Great job

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