Poster art serves a unique niche
within the bar, club and 'get-fucked-up' culture. Both reckless
and calculated, a rock poster's main objective is to simply
present an air of coolness. Whether a viewer wants to see
the show or not, if the poster compels them to think that
said band is as cutting edge as the poster makes them appear,
then it has accomplished his task.
Matt Dye, a poster artist and graphic designer in the Portland
area has explored the phenomenon of poster art and says
this about the process.
"First, I investigate the band's image and sound.
If I don't get a good feeling from it, then I just create
something off the top of my head."
Dye goes on to say that the manner of creating the posters
in his head is more complicated than the physical make-up
of the image.
"The process in which the artwork is created is not
that complicated, mostly image manipulation. I use 2 computer
programs to create the artwork and layout, Adobe Photoshop
and Corel Draw," he said.
And what demented thoughts run through Dye's head when making
"I am a product of 32 years of brainwashing by society.
I am a reflection," he said.
See Matt Dye's concert posters above and at his Web Site,