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60 Concert Posters From Ten Amazing Artists

          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.

          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.

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          So many shining examples of this exist in the art community. We present 60 inspiring concert posters 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

          Emek 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.

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          The Mars Volta by Emek

          Peeping Tom by Emek

          The Pixies by Emek

          Coheed and Cambria by Emek

          The Distillers by Emek

          Mike Klay

          Mike Klay 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 Klay

          Bob Marley's Wailers by Mike Klay

          Simian Mobile Disco by Mike Klay

          The Faint by Mike Klay

          Wilco by Mike Klay

          Fu Manchu by Mike Klay

          Jim Phillips

          Jim Phillips’ 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 Phillilps

          Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by Jim Phillilps

          Robert Cray Band by Jim Phillilps

          Zero by Jim Phillilps

          SF Arts Show by Jim Phillilps

          Billham by Jim Phillilps

          Rex Ray

          Rex Ray’s 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 Ray

          Nine Inch Nails by Rex Ray

          PJ Harvey by Rex Ray

          U2 by Rex Ray

          Bjork by Rex Ray

          Oasis by Rex Ray

          Jermaine Rogers

          Jermaine Rogers is one of those raw expressive artists 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 Rogers

          The Deftones by Jermaine Rogers

          The Mars Volta by Jermaine Rogers

          Tool by Jermaine Rogers

          Morrissey by Jermaine Rogers

          Radiohead by Jermaine Rogers

          Frank Kozik

          Frank Kozik 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 Kozik

          Red Hot Chili Peppers by Frank Kozik

          Sweet Vine by Frank Kozik

          Emo's by Frank Kozik

          The Beastie Boys by Frank Kozik

          High On Fire by Frank Kozik

          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 Shaw 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 Shaw

          Primus by Chris Shaw

          Hole by Chris Shaw

          Matchbox Twenty by Chris Shaw

          Widespread Panic by Chris Shaw

          Violent Femmes by Chris Shaw

          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 Jagmo, 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 Jagmo

          Dee Lite by Jagmo

          The Proclaimers by Jagmo

          The B52's by Jagmo

          Bob Dylan by Jagmo

          Dead Kennedys by Jagmo

          Craig Howell

          For nearly a decade, Craig Howell, 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 Howell

          System of a Down by Craig Howell

          Godsmack by Craig Howell

          Coldplay by Craig Howell

          Phish by Craig Howell

          Fatboy Slim by Craig Howell

          James Rheem Davis

          As far as insipiration goes, the work of James Rheem Davis 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 Davis

          The Devil Wears Prada by James Rheem Davis

          Flyleaf by James Rheem Davis

          Slayer by James Rheem Davis

          Tool by James Rheem Davis

          Bleeding Through by James Rheem Davis

          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 Shaw

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