60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists

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When scouring the design field, searching for stand-out artistic expression and fluid composition, one area that should always catch the eye, is poster design. Moreover, concert poster design, which has produced some truly revolutionary artists and works for generations now, should be paid particular attention to. Fluidity of design is especially key in poster layouts, as there is a finite space, and numerous points to capture and pass along within these confines.

The designer must encapsulate not only the band’s attitude and tone with the work, but also impart the feel of the album or tour that the poster is announcing. And speaking of announcements, the posters must seamlessly incorporate the typography that tells the reader the names, dates, and places of import. All the while maintaining the impact of the piece, and not overworking or overfilling the area and detracting from it’s overall arrangement.

So many shining examples of this exist in the art community, and in this episode of Monday Inspiration we present 60 inspiring concert poster designs from 10 amazing artists. The links at the bottom will take you to sites dedicated to showcasing other wonderful works from the concert poster genre.

Emek

Emek1 is an awe-inspiring artist with a natural depth and vibrance to his work. From stunningly styled typography to intricately carved creative designs, Emek’s work shines out among his peers, and was an easy addition to this inspiring bunch.

Moe by Emek2

The Mars Volta by Emek3

Peeping Tom by Emek4

The Pixies by Emek5

Coheed and Cambria by Emek6

The Distillers by Emek7

Mike Klay

Mike Klay8 is a stellar stand-out in the field of concert poster design. His simplicity of style and nature packs so much of the message in such compact creations, using clean, crisp vectors to achieve his task without using all of the available space. Saying so much with so little, is an awesome feat, and Mike Klay achieves this with ease.

The Mountain Goats by Mike Klay9

Bob Marley's Wailers by Mike Klay10

Simian Mobile Disco by Mike Klay11

The Faint by Mike Klay12

Wilco by Mike Klay13

Fu Manchu by Mike Klay14

Jim Phillips

Jim Phillips’15 singular voice and untethered style give his work such a varied and boundless feel that it’s easy to see why his work has spanned generations, standing firmly against the tests of time.

George Clinton by Jim Phillilps16

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by Jim Phillilps17

Robert Cray Band by Jim Phillilps18

Zero by Jim Phillilps19

SF Arts Show by Jim Phillilps20

Billham by Jim Phillilps21

Rex Ray

Rex Ray’s22 eclectic work in concert poster design combines a retro feel with a piercing, modern attitude that explodes from within his work and captures the attention while tickling the imagination. Rex Ray’s stimulating style can not, and should not be ignored.

Beck by Rex Ray23

Nine Inch Nails by Rex Ray24

PJ Harvey by Rex Ray25

U2 by Rex Ray26

Bjork by Rex Ray27

Oasis by Rex Ray28

Jermaine Rogers

Jermaine Rogers29 is one of those raw expressive aritsts whose work makes you feel like an addict. It seeps into your skin and excites your senses with it’s bite and it’s dark beauty leaving you longing for more. With his sharp and edgy style, Jermaine Rogers’ work will be inspiring artists for years to come.

Ween by Jermaine Rogers30

The Deftones by Jermaine Rogers31

The Mars Volta by Jermaine Rogers32

Tool by Jermaine Rogers33

Morrissey by Jermaine Rogers34

Radiohead by Jermaine Rogers35

Frank Kozik

Frank Kozik36 stylishly blends a punk rock attitude with intense colors and textures to stamp an imaginative mark on the design community. His no-holds-barred and uncompromising approach to his work, make it easy to see why this creative giant has been credited with reviving this lost artform.

Iggy Pop by Frank Kozik37

Red Hot Chili Peppers by Frank Kozik38

Sweet Vine by Frank Kozik39

Emo's by Frank Kozik40

The Beastie Boys by Frank Kozik41

High On Fire by Frank Kozik42

Chris Shaw

Some artists’ work has an aura about it, that creates a tone which radiates from the piece and infects the environment around it. There are not many artists with a voice this vibrant and alive, but Chris Shaw43 is one of them, and a concert poster list would not be complete without giving this titan of artistic style and complex composition a nod.

Pearl Jam by Chris Shaw44

Primus by Chris Shaw45

Hole by Chris Shaw46

Matchbox Twenty by Chris Shaw47

Widespread Panic by Chris Shaw48

Violent Femmes by Chris Shaw49

Nel ‘Jagmo’ Jacobson

Some artist’s style speaks volumes with the depths of their designs, and the intricate weaving of different elements throughout their work. Nel Jacobson, known also as Jagmo50, is the type of artist that can accomplish these amazing feats with ease and simplicity. This inspiring artist consistently uses minimalistic design elements, and then fills the space brilliantly incorporating massive typography with balance and skill.

Grace Face by Jagmo51

Dee Lite by Jagmo52

The Proclaimers by Jagmo53

The B52's by Jagmo54

Bob Dylan by Jagmo55

Dead Kennedys by Jagmo56

Craig Howell

For nearly a decade, Craig Howell57, has led a charge through the concert poster design community leaving a vibrant and explosive mark in his path. His highly original work has kept his name circulating throughout the industry, and has kept this talented artist in popular demand. With an unmatched voice, and unparalleled vision, this behemoth of beauty is destined to be a classic in the field.

Jay Farrar by Craig Howell58

System of a Down by Craig Howell59

Godsmack by Craig Howell60

Coldplay by Craig Howell61

Phish by Craig Howell62

Fatboy Slim by Craig Howell63

James Rheem Davis

As far as insipiration goes, the work of James Rheem Davis64 is that rare breed of designer that adeptly captures the very essence of beauty in the dark and macabre. Flawlessly conveying the desired message with near nightmarish representations of a twisted take on the world around. With morbid and melancholy tones to match the images, Davis’ posters have a haunting effect on the viewer.

Poison The Well by James Rheem Davis65

The Devil Wears Prada by James Rheem Davis66

Flyleaf by James Rheem Davis67

Slayer by James Rheem Davis68

Tool by James Rheem Davis69

Bleeding Through by James Rheem Davis70

Last Click

Again, with Chris Shaw’s amazing talents having inspired so many artists in the field, we felt the last click should go to him.

Billy Idol by Chris Shaw71

Resources

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.emek.net
  2. 2 http://www.emek.net/posters/m/moe1.html
  3. 3 http://www.emek.net/posters/m/mars3.html
  4. 4 http://www.emek.net/posters/p/peeping.html
  5. 5 http://www.emek.net/posters/p/pixies1.html
  6. 6 http://www.emek.net/posters/c/coheed.html
  7. 7 http://www.emek.net/posters/d/distillers2.html
  8. 8 http://www.powerslidedesign.com
  9. 9 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/74897_Mountain_Goats.html
  10. 10 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/57671_Wailers.html
  11. 11 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/95074_Dave_P.html
  12. 12 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/100622_Faint.html
  13. 13 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/80527_Wilco.html
  14. 14 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/76009_Fu_Manchu.html
  15. 15 http://www.jimphillips.com/
  16. 16 http://www.jimphillips.com/jimpix4.htm
  17. 17 http://www.jimphillips.com/jimpix2.htm
  18. 18 http://www.jimphillips.com/jimpix2.htm
  19. 19 http://www.jimphillips.com/jimpix2.htm
  20. 20 http://www.jimphillips.com/jimpix.htm
  21. 21 http://www.jimphillips.com/jimpix6.htm
  22. 22 http://www.rexray.com
  23. 23 http://www.rexray.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_12&products_id=42
  24. 24 http://www.rexray.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_12&products_id=53
  25. 25 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/live-poster/BGP125-PO.html
  26. 26 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/u2-poster/BGP167-PO.html
  27. 27 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/bjork-poster/BGP271-PO.html
  28. 28 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/CatalogDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=BGP141&ProductTypeID=PO&CategoryID=&aid=34642
  29. 29 http://www.jermainerogers.com/
  30. 30 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/89417_Ween.html
  31. 31 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/73018_Deftones.html
  32. 32 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/96358_Mars_Volta.html
  33. 33 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/69694_Tool.html
  34. 34 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/81870_Morrissey.html
  35. 35 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/97136_Radiohead.html
  36. 36 http://www.fkozik.com/
  37. 37 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/19107_Iggy_Pop.html
  38. 38 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/7130_.html
  39. 39 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/6342_Sweetvine.html
  40. 40 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/6909_.html
  41. 41 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/6318_.html
  42. 42 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/71251_High_On_Fire.html
  43. 43 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/ar/chris-shaw/9372.html
  44. 44 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/pearl-jam-proof/BGP083-PF.html
  45. 45 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/primus-proof/F124-PF.html
  46. 46 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/hole-proof/F170-PF.html
  47. 47 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/matchbox-twenty-proof/F405-PF.html
  48. 48 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/widespread-panic-proof/BGP241-PF.html
  49. 49 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/violent-femmes-poster/F291-PO.html
  50. 50 http://www.jagmo.com/posters/index.html
  51. 51 http://www.jagmo.com/posters/90_021.html
  52. 52 http://www.jagmo.com/posters/91_012.html
  53. 53 http://www.jagmo.com/posters/89_006.html
  54. 54 http://www.jagmo.com/posters/89_021.html
  55. 55 http://www.jagmo.com/posters/90_dyl.html
  56. 56 http://www.jagmo.com/posters/84_005.html
  57. 57 http://cheebaproductions.com/posters.html
  58. 58 http://cheebaproductions.com/farrar.html
  59. 59 http://cheebaproductions.com/posters.soad.html
  60. 60 http://cheebaproductions.com/godsmack.html
  61. 61 http://cheebaproductions.com/coldplay.html
  62. 62 http://cheebaproductions.com/posters.phish.html
  63. 63 http://cheebaproductions.com/fatboy.html
  64. 64 http://www.giantsumo.com/
  65. 65 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/82489_Poison_The_Well.html
  66. 66 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/96221_Devil_Wears_Prada.html
  67. 67 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/82491_Flyleaf.html
  68. 68 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/67006_Thine_Eyes_Bleed.html
  69. 69 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/82487_Tool.html
  70. 70 http://www.gigposters.com/poster/56086_Bleeding_Through.html
  71. 71 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/billy-idol-poster/BGP266-PO.html
  72. 72 http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/
  73. 73 http://www.gigposters.com
  74. 74 http://inspiredology.com/graphic-design/part-1-125-concert-posters/
  75. 75 http://inspiredology.com/graphic-design/part-2-125-concert-posters/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/groups/concertposters/pool/
  77. 77 http://www.bittbox.com/news/tons-and-tons-of-design-inspiration-concert-posters/

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  1. 1

    these are freakin awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :]

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  2. 102

    very inspiring. ooh ahhh :)

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  3. 203

    And then there’s…

    Pedro Bell

    Perhaps the best-known P-Funk artist, Bell and his distinctive style were responsible for illustrating Funkadelic classics such as Cosmic Slop, Tales of Kidd Funkadelic, One Nation Under A Groove, Hardcore Jollies and Uncle Jam Wants You, as well as more recent solo albums for George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars. Bell also pioneered the song illustrations that would accompany P-Funk liner notes.

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  4. 304

    There are far better Mars Volta posters available for sale on their site than what was posted here by them

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  5. 405

    Nice post. I am a collector of Concert Posters and there are some good designs here. I always appreciate peoples points of view, and tastes (i dont always agree:) . Maybe you could do a post on early artists like Griffin (He was mentioned). Mouse & Kelley or some of Pollacks works… just a thought. Thanks for the time you put into this post.

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  6. 506

    oh man, this post is great!
    i am trying to design a concert poster myself, and this post gave me a shitload of ideas.
    thanks!

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  7. 607

    I can’t believe Jefferson Wood is not listed here. He is considered by many to be the best tour poster artist in the world, has won 1st place in the Pollstar poster contest several times, and is possibly the most sought after concert poster artist of our time.

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  8. 708

    Music Exec, are you retarded? pimping yourself under a thin disguise is pathetic. That J. Wood is not known or recognized as anything. Wake up and get a clue.

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  9. 809

    Mediocre list, nothing to groundbreaking. There are so many unmentioned amazing poster designers that are re-defining what poster art is.. not just re-hashing old ideas. If this list came out 10 years ago, I would have been impressed

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  10. 910

    Aciu uz idomia informacija

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  11. 1011

    Tim Poster Collector

    February 11, 2010 11:07 am

    “Mick Jagger”, are YOU retarded? Hello, do you not pay attention to the Pollstar poster contest? That is where actual industry people (agents, managers, talent buyers, marketing, and promoters) vote on the best poster of the year. Out of 700+ posters each year, Emek and Jefferson Wood have one won 1st place in that contest more than anyone. The posters are sent in by the promoters themselves, not the artists.

    Furthermore, Emek Golan, Jefferson Wood, Frank Kozik, Rick Griffin, and Bob Masse were listed by Billboard as artists for the Top 25 rock posters of all time. That is out of tens of thousands of posters from the 1950’s to the present. Emek and Griffin have several each in there.

    That is what is so nice about art. Everyone draws a little different, and everybody has different taste. So a poster that one person likes, another person could hate. But there are some posters, and artists that stand out from the crowd.

    This is what I hate about the internet. I am probably arguing with a 12 year old kid.

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  12. 1112

    these are posters for a concert . oh wow real cool i am going to make one like this . problaly not exactly the same
    thank for the ideas

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  13. 1213

    Hey can you make a new post about posters 2010, please? I think there came so much new cool stuff out, which is worth a refresh. I recently discovered a José Gonzáles Tour poster (http://en.zwoelf.net/permalink/80) which starts to rust and the typo fades away. I havent seen such poster yet, especially if you know the music it stands for. I would love to see a new posting of what posters you would choose 2010! Redo it! Please :-)

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  14. 1314

    Killer post – thanks for putting this together. Just my 2 pennies, but – a not so well known kid making some great work is Josh Hunter. Check out his Widespread Panic Las Vegas and Reno poster from October 2010 – It’s sexy, it’s dark and he always throws it down when inspired to do so.

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  15. 1415

    Some nice posters not much a fan of the fu manchu one looks like a free vector but love the flow of the Simian Mobile one and really love the Iggy one.

    Anyone seen some of Bill Bartlett’s ones (http://www.gigposterdesign.com).

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  16. 1516

    Some of them pictures are awesomes artwork.

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  17. 1617

    Awesome Posters… Great work!! Yeah there is an awesome digital poster in youtube. a wedding anniversary still photos.. we will get many ideas from there also. please watch it…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne0rejosnoU&list=HL1389934290&feature=mh_lolz

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