Steamroller Smackdown 2013

We took part once again in the SVC’s Wayzgoose & Steamroller Smackdown. For those of you who don’t know what The Smackdown is, here is the skinny from the SVC’s website:

“The 12th Annual Wayzgoose will take place at the School of Visual Concepts on September 7, 2013 from 1-6pm. Come see the Letterpress Marketplace, where local printers will be selling their goods, the Letterpress Equipment Swap, hands-on demonstrations and keepsake printing in the SVC Letterpress Studio, and the Steamroller Smackdown, featuring 16 design teams competing to print the coolest poster using a giant steamroller instead of a printing press.
The Letterpress Studio at SVC has always been an intersection of historical and active practice. We are not just another program teaching a lost art; we are dedicated to preserving this craft through active engagement of the community, a de facto working museum. To that end, our inspiration for this year’s Steamroller Smackdown are the other local museums, the keepers of our cultural heritage. This year’s event will forge a link between these conservators of culture and the interpreters of culture: our illustrious design community. Our spirited design teams have been paired with a cultural muse.”

Our team was paired with the awesome EMP Music + Science Fiction Museum. If you haven’t been, you should check it out. During our visit to the EMP, two of the things that got my attention were David Bowie’s costume from Labyrinth and the mask from the Monster from the Black Lagoon. So I came up with a sketch that I think speaks to both things, the Sci-Fi and the Music. And the Bowie Creature was born. Here are some pictures from the process. If you would like to see more, you can also check out the Letterpress at SVC pool on Flickr.

Also, if you like the poster, I made a screenprinted version and it’s for sale at my store.

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