Today I am welcoming another favorite poster artist, Dan Stiles, to sit down for Ten Questions. Here’s to a great week.
Location: Portland OR
Years Doing Posters: I started doing flyers in ’93, so about 15 years. My first ones were these meticulous brush and ink flyers for bands like Mudhoney. I hand lettered everything, even the ticket info. I spent about 30 hours on each one and got paid in free tickets and beer.
Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: It changes all the time. Recently it was Feist. I think anytime I try something new and it works out I have a new favorite.
All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did: This is a trick question, I have so many faves. Maybe Rick Griffins Jimi Hendrix, that was the first color rock poster blew me away. Before that I collected black and white punk flyers off of telephone poles, but I had never seen the color stuff from the 60’s. A friend of mine went to San Francisco in the mid 80’s and came back with a copy of The Art of Rock, it blew my mind. These were pre-internet days, so unless you knew where to look a lot of that stuff was totally hidden from the general public.
Music Currently In Rotation: The new Nick Cave, No Age, Yeasayer, Black Mountain, Fang and some Misfits.
Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought: The Heads of State’s movie poster for A Fist Full of Dollars. Dusty is so damn good.
Art Hanging On Your Walls: I have Tuffy’s TVOTR, and AA’s print of Jim Floras’s Mambo For Cats cover, and a whole bunch of paintings by various people, none of whom are famous. Generally I don’t’ hang many gig posters around the house, and I avoid hanging my own work, I want to be inspired by other people and other mediums.
Upcoming Stuff: I just finished a super busy month. I usually do 2 posters month, last month I did 5. The next one coming up is for the Foo Fighters. I also have No Age, Stereolab and a bunch of others lined up. I’m also doing some packaging work for Motown Records.
Words of Wisdom: Work as hard as you can as much as you can.
To see more of Dan’s work, and to buy stuff, visit DanStiles.com.