My friend, singer/songstress Rupa Marya asked me to do a poster for a great project last month. She and her band, the April Fishes, were doing a tour around the entire Bay Area on their bikes, culminating in a show at the Independent here in SF. We did two versions, one for the tour and one for the Independent show.
I’ve done a lot of illustrations of people on bikes in my time, and one thing I can say is that it never gets easier! It’s a very tricky thing, all the gears and pedals and weird angles that never seem right. But this poster was a lot of fun. And I’ll be doing another shortly for the upcoming Bicycle Music Festival!
Both posters are for sale in my shop! Bay Rising Tour poster & Rupa & the April Fishes at the Independent.
If you haven’t heard Rupa’s music, check it out! Free download a track from her new album here!
May Day was a big deal this year. While this holiday is a huge in the rest of the world, with giant rallies and celebrations in every country on Earth, it’s rarely celebrated in the United States. So I was glad to hear that there were protests and celebrations planned in cities around the country. This is, after all, the country that invented May Day, a holiday born of the struggle for the 8-hour day in the 1890s.
I made this poster to mark the occasion, and I was glad to see that it went viral! It’s been shared over 200 times on Facebook, has been featured on the Occupy Wall Street page, Wonkette, and multiple other blogs, and I have reports that it was put to use as far away as Italy, Spain and Australia!
I posted the image, on my Flickr page (you can download a hi-res image if you like), and encouraged people to download, copy and share it, keeping in mind the image is available on a Creative Commons Non-commercial Attribution license. I don’t have much time for activism these days, but I’m pleased if I can contribute to these movements for positive social change with my artwork. (Way more fun than sitting around in endless meetings or other “activist”-like stuff!)
Many people have written asking for a print of the poster, so I’ve made it available in my shop at the low working class price of $20. Get one today!
Also, you might be interested in the inspiration for this poster, which is the wonderful classic from 1896 by Walter Crane. What an inspiring image!