The “77” Art Print Series by Billy Perkins

I doubt I’ll be able to keep up with the giant span of this series, so I thought I’d introduce you guys to it at the beginning.  Billy Perkins has started a huge campaign to make 77 art prints featuring music icons from 1977 (or around that time).  They will all be 18″ x 24″ screenprints with editions of 77.  The first four are up now and include Johnny Rotten, Robert Plant, Debbie Harry, and Alice Cooper.  They range in price from $25-$30 each (or you can buy the entire set up front for $800).  Visit the Classifieds.

28 Responses to “The “77” Art Print Series by Billy Perkins”

  1. Live trace is AMAZING!!!!!

  2. what he said ^

  3. Thirded

  4. Billy don’t live trace.

  5. As much as these pieces look like (and could easily be done with) live trace they really aren’t. Perkins does his stuff by hand. I’m not terribly into the series or the method but it’d be a shame for folks to think he didn’t put in work on these ones.

  6. Do your homework, people. You sound stupid.

  7. I’m hoping for a David Byrne and/or Bowie….

  8. They DO seem to have a lot of the random stray points that Live trace produces and none of the smooth and/or painterly lines of hand drawing/painting. If you’re NOT gonna use live trace, don’t simulate it with your hand work.

  9. Some of those comments are to be expected, but I’ve never used LiveTrace, as I’m still using Illustrator CS and don’t even have it available to me. All drawn by hand with brush & ink, even the separations. Screen printed also by hand, not automated.



  10. Wow. i Never realized how much Robert Plant looks like a chick.. Not the best image for such a rock-god

  11. Ryan,

    My painted separations are each scanned at 200% and streamlined. Maybe that’s what you’re seeing. These are painted very quickly and spontaneously to achieve intentionally sharp brush strokes.

    No, I’m not gonna use Live Trace, I never have – I’ve never even seen what it does, so I have no idea what you’re talking about – nor am I gonna put the slightest bit of thought into whether or not my natural f*cking brush strokes look like Live Trace. I’m going to draw like I draw. Look at the rest of my body of work over the course of 25 years, it speaks for itself. I’m no hack.

    This series is intended to be short & sweet & fun. It’s pop culture bubble gum – meant for chewing, not for overanalyzing the ingredients on the package.

    I appreciate all the support so far, the response has far exceeded my expectations.


  12. Might not be Live Trace, but it’s certainly live trace.

  13. Billy, the first of the ’77 are amazing! Looking forward to seeing who else pops up in the series!
    So glad I got a Plant! Already have a frame at home waiting for it!
    Keep up the incredible work and thanks for sharing it with us!

  14. Did you cut ruby lith?

  15. Biily,
    any chance you will release a Roger Daltrey or Pete Townshend print? …please :)

  16. Uhhh.. i thought there was a no nudity rule for weekday postings?
    I see a nipple!

  17. I would love to see a Jackson Five print with their giant fro’s. But that would be more early 70’s. Not 1977 :(

  18. Lots of haters on here..

    This is Billy Fucking Perkins people.. He has mastered the style and shouldn’t have to defend his work.

    Live Trace copied Billy.

  19. really great stuff- looking forward to adding a few of these to my ‘perkins portfolio’

  20. mitch is a great person with a great site and the same goes for my good friend BP. too bad so many doucherockets feel the need to expel there verbal diarrhea in the comments sections. more and more haters on this site every day.

  21. I, for the first time in awhile say….no comment.

  22. @Johnny: “Live Trace copied Billy.” sig worthy line :)

    @Mike: their

    @everyone: it’s best not to accuse a dude of cheapness unless you’re pretty damn sure cheapness happened. You certainly don’t gotta dig his stuff but “I don’t like this” and “mutherfucker clicked a button and this came out” are two very different statements.
    Refer to the comments on everything Fairey puts out these days for a nice “how-to” :)

  23. Fuck Yeah Billy!

  24. I really dig the Robert Plant piece, nice work homie.

  25. I am in for the whole series. I am looking forward to seeing what Billy has in store for the 73 other portraits.

    And for the record, I have to agree with those that commented about the general lack of respect and snark. What kind of person takes even the two seconds time to try and disparage or tear down someone’s artistic efforts? It may not be your cup of tea but you can certainly keep that to yourself. If the roles were reversed you would probably understand.

  26. These all rule, hard! I will also attest to the fact that Billy is a rad motherf*ck*r that puts a hell of a lot of work into his art. I guarantee that these are not live traced and that what you are looking at is the style of a great artist. Billy has his own style, take it or leave it…I happen to love everything Billy turns out.

  27. Typical – everytime somebody uses this style all the yahoos come out of the woodwork to scream “live trace”. Not everything is live traced people. This website is riddled with negative commenters. If you dont like it – dont buy it. If you have something to say – be constructive. Accusing somebody of live trace, when you dont know – is just stupid.

  28. Billy is an amazing artist. Agree with Tim and Clint….get over it folks and move on. There are plenty of us that will buy whatever Billy puts out…he has the talent others have to steal to get. Got to spend some time with him at SXSW and he’s the real deal. Just framed Bunn’s poster, Billy, and it stopped everyone in the frame store. We’re all coming back to buy more….you pick up fans/buyers every time they see one of your prints. Keep on doin what you do like no other.

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