When I was a kid my bedroom walls were plastered with band posters… I’d spend hours in HMV flicking through the giant poster carousel thing (very satisfying) and then spend the rest of the afternoon with the blu-tak out trying to get my latest acquisitions perfectly aligned. Music is an important part of my life so I was absolutely thrilled to discover the work of Jason Munn a few years back. He creates limited edition screen printed posters that look stunning.
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The Music Scene
Originally commissioned by ‘Death Cab For Cutie’ to a create music poster for a one off gig in the late 90s, Munn’s design became the bands official tour poster and sold like hot cakes. The rest, as they say, is history.
Jason Munn’s popularity with like minded musicians has led to an amazing amount of collaborations over the last 15 years with bands including The National, Mogwai, The XX, Beck, Cat Power, Sonic Youth, Iron & Wine , Depeche Mode, Pixies and The Flaming Lips… Always somehow managing to capture the artists or bands character and musical style through his “less-is-more” approach to design.
The Small Stakes
Jasons book, named after his one man band design studio “The Small Stakes” can be purchased through Amazon for less than £15.00 and is essentially a “greatest hits” collection of his work created between 2002 and 2009. Thumbing through the pages emphasises how Munn, with his restricted colour palette, simple imagery and graphical treatments has created a minimalist style that is unmistakeable; It is a very fluid and consistent body of work.
I am a big fan of Jasons work (can you tell?!?) The ‘Ben Gibbard’ and ‘Ben Folds 5’ prints featured in this post are mine and my appreciation for both the graphic artist and the musical artists in question make the posters very special. They live in my home office and are my pride and joy.
About The Artist
Jason Munn is originally from Wisconsin and now lives in Oakland, California. In addition to music posters, Jason has created album, book covers and music memorabilia. His unique style has earned him a devoted following in both the design world and music scene. His work appears in permanent collections across the US including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Denver Art Museum.
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You can buy Jason Munns original and limited edition artwork directly from the man himself via his website jasonmunn.com
If you see one you like you need to get in quick because they sell out fast – not only because they look so cool but also because they are very reasonably priced.
A Joy To Behold
Seeing one of Jason Munns screen prints in the flesh for the first time was a special moment for me. The materials, colours and inks used are superb, blurring the lines between posters and fine art. The silver detailing on my ‘Ben Gibbard’ poster has been created with a metallic ink that really jumps off the page and the depth and richness achieved in the duck egg blue ‘Ben Folds 5’ background gives Farrow & Ball a run for their money.
These pieces deserve to be professionally framed and then hung with pride… So that’s what I did, let me know what you think!