Monday, April 26, 2010
The final poster for the semester for KJHK, commemorating an epic week of events in celebration of the station move. I used the concrete structure from the t-shirt and the programming poster one last time. This one will be screenprinted by Blue Collar Press.
It's True! is a remarkable band from Omaha, Nebraska. For the artwork on their debut album, I started with a lyric from my favorite It's True! song:
I'm not asking you for a miracle.
I'm not asking you to part the sea.
I'm not asking you to move the sun or the stars.
They can all stay as they are.
The animal skeletons on the cover are a hesperornis (a large aquatic bird that could only swim, not fly or walk) and a mosasaur. Both lived in the shallow inland sea that covered what is now Nebraska and Kansas, and their fossils can be found here today. The map on the inside of the album shows the geography of North America during the Late Cretaceous, including the location of that inland sea.
This spring, 90.7 KJHK is moving from its longtime home, known lovingly as "the shack," to a brand new studio in the Kansas Union, which, unlike the shack, is neither slowly crumbling or gradually sliding down a hill. They wanted a new visual identity to go along with the station move. I was a DJ at KJHK for almost four years, and thought the turntable was the best solution, as KJ is a radio station where the dedicated DJs still spin actual vinyl, and do a damn good job of it.
Been really busy lately. Back in March I had the chance to participate in the Monster Drawing Rally to benefit the New House Women's Shelter in Kansas City. This involved twenty artists drawing frantically while hundreds of people filed by at the Arts Incubator in the Crossroads. My contribution was an ink on chipboard drawing of my favorite view of the Kansas City skyline, coming west on 670. When my friend Sean stopped by my table and asked where one of my trademark monsters was, I realized that the only thing the drawing was missing was the octopus emerging from the West Bottoms. The event, put on by Women In Design, made $7,000 dollars and was a huge success.