Be Your Own Pet Poster

Be Your Own Pet Poster

Last year I was asked by Be Your Own Pet and Mudsugar to do a poster for their backstage show at the Black Cat. I had no clue who they were then but quickly fell in love with the songs. I did not get a chance to see them and was kicking myself for missing the show. When they toured with Sonic Youth I missed them again. Lucky me that I get to do the poster for Be Your Own Pet as they play the Black Cat next month and move up to the mainstage. My own kitty modeled for the main figure and she was quite pleased in how it turned out.
The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN. Check out our new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.

Band of Horses Poster

Band of Horses Poster

I was able to do the poster for Band of Horses and I was quite excited to have this opportunity. The music is melencholy without being whiny, atmospheric without being boring, and has a sense of humor as well which is evident with the “yee-haw” at the begining of a song. A top notch show indeed. The song “Monster” was the basis of the imagery; a confused and gentle monster killing a lowly cowboy who was trying to do him in as well.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN. Check out our new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.

Rancid Concert Poster

Rancid Concert Poster

Having been going to punk and hardcore in and around DC, New York, and Boston for over half my life I have seen my fair share of show flyers and posters. When it comes to punk posters it is fairly easy to whip one of these off, especially for such an iconic band as Rancid. You need several of these elements in any combination: 1) skull 2) reference to a youth crew 3) an anarchy/straightedge/peace/vegan/upside-down flag/mohawk symbol, 4) reference to “punk is not dead”, 5) picture of band looking miffed showing their sleeve of ink, 6) horribly done type that is made to be almost illegible due to being written in sharpie or photocopied beyong recoginition, 7) a myspace web address, 8) only black, white, and red can be used for a color scheme and 9) no sexy portrayals of women, men, plants, minerals, or animals.
Enjoy!

In truth, the idea came off of listening to Rancid’s album “Indestructible,” especially the song “Spirit of ’87” which has such a military pin-up sounding name. And nothing beats a beautiful woman and falling bombs considering our current political situations.
The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN. Check out our new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure images are at least 416 pixels wide but no larger than 1mb.


X and Rollins Band Concert Poster

Rollins Band Concert Poster

Ever since I got The End of Silence record as a freshman in high school I knew the Rollins Band was for me. Combining elements of funk, jazz, hardcore, and straight-up rock, Rollins and crew have been delivering the soundtrack to my life since then. So it was an honour to be able to do this poster promoting the tour as it stops at the 9:30 Club in DC with The Riverboat Gamblers, the classic Rollins Band lineup, and LA punk legends X.

Using the tour title, As the World Burns and the classic Rollins Band song “Hotter and Hotter” the poster represents the twenty+ years Rollins and X spent on the road playing heavy and harder than most bands half their age. It also is a welcome home of sorts for Henry and Chris with use of the DC map in the background. The poster is four colors with a nifty silver varnish printed on recycled grey paper.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster is available only at El JEFE DESIGN. Check out the new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure images are at least 416 pixels wide but no larger than 1mb.


Black Heart Procession at The Black Cat

Black Heart Procession Poster

I have been a fan of Black Heart Procession ever since the cute girl I met in college told me about them about ten years ago. I saw them for the first time at the old Black Cat and was amazed as they toyed with fire and played a rusted saw on stage (especially since the fire thing was about eight inches from my face). Thus it was pleasure to do a poster for these guys as they travel the US promoting their new album Spell.

Usually when I do a poster I tinker with one or two thoughts and jump into the final piece. I try not to dilly-dally since I make no money doing these and I want to keep the excitement high. With this poster though I did about ten versions based on various songs on the album before ending with a hybrid of a voodoo doll, my heart-skull logo, and an x-rayed cat doll.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN in a few weeks. Check out the new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.

Wolfmother at The Black Cat

Wolfmother Poster

Being raised Baptist, I was told nothing was as evil as rock-n-roll music. The Eagles song “Hotel California” was all about the Church of Satan. Elvis was a prophet of the devil bringing sex and filth to the masses. Don’t even get into what The Beatles or Led Zeppelin were all about and yes, I did not sleep much at night.

So when given a chance to do a poster for the rock-monsters-to-come WOLFMOTHER on the most evil date ever June 6th, 2006 (666), I leapt at the chance. Based on their song White Unicorn, this poster has all the evil and sex you need; pin up girls, carnival freakshow layout, flames, and the almighty devil horns sign.

The limited-edition, silk-screened poster will be available at the show as well as on El JEFE DESIGN in a few weeks. Check out the new store for all your poster needs by clicking here.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure images are at least 416 pixels wide but no larger than 1mb.


Pretty Girls Make Graves Poster

PGMG Poster

Pretty Girls Make Graves are coming back to the Black Cat, May 15th to knock the house down promoting the killer album Élan Vital. To promote the show, I made up a super-special poster; printed with tint varnish, metallic ink, four colors, on nifty steel blue paper featuring cake and ghosts with forks. The poster will be available at the show or on the El Jefe Design website May 10th.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure emails are no larger than 1mb.


Wolf Parade poster for the Black Cat

Wolf Parade poster

Here is the latest poster creation from El Jefe Design www.eljefedesign.com for Wolf Parade as they play The Black Cat, April 12th. The limited edition, silk screened posters will be available for purchase at the show and on the El Jefe site.


This is part of our ongoing local artist concert poster and hanbill gallery — if you are an artist, or band and would like to submit the poster or handbill from your upcoming show email the poster image with artist information, and show information including a blurb about the show and the poster to posters [at] mudsugar [dot] com. Please make sure emails are no larger than 1mb.