This is the shirt design for this year's Studio-A-Rama, the annual day long celebration that Case Western Reserve University's radio station, WRUW 91.1 fm, throws every year towards the end of summer. They're also using this design on the cover of the program, and maybe fliers/posters, but I'm not 100% sure.
I'm actually pretty happy with this piece. I've always loved the setting for Studio-A-Rama. It's the courtyard of that building, the architecture, the way you kind of have to look up at the bands that are being dwarfed by the castle-like structure behind them. It's a beautiful thing.
I was pretty dead set on doing a Will Eisner move for this design job, incorporating text into buildings and architecture, some kind of creative use of a city-scape, I knew I wanted to do that but wasn't certain how. I looked at all the Eisner I could find to try and figure the ins and outs of the technique, but there's surprising very little of what I was specifically looking for online. Maybe I was just misremembering the idea of what I was trying to do. At any rate, I can't remember how or when it occurred to me to use the actual buildings at Case, the Mather Memorial building or whatever it's called, where WRUW is, but I took a camera over there and got to snapping some references!
Here's a quoted thing that Steve Barrett, AKA: Lightning Fingers, posted on the facebook event listing for Studio-A-Rama:
29TH ANNUAL STUDIO-A-RAMA
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH
presented by 91.1 WRUW
courtyard of the Mather Memorial Building
11220 Bellflower Road; Cleveland, OH 44106
...on the campus of Case Western Reserve University
in the University Circle area
at the corner of Ford & Bellflower
just one block north of Euclid & Mayfield
rain location: The Jolly Scholar (11111 Euclid Avenue on Case's campus)
can bring food & beverages (no glass bottles!)
will be broadcast live on 91.1 and at http://www.wruw.org/
FREE SHOW!!! / 1pm to midnight
THE BLACK ANGELS (coming from playing All Tomorrow's Parties;from Austin TX; toured with The Black Keys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Warlocks, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Raveonettes, Black Mountain, and Wolfmother; collaborated with Unkle; and acted as Roky Erickson's backing band; new album due out on September 14th on the recently relaunched legendary British blues label Blue Horizon Records)
SUN GOD (Husker Du meets heavy metal, members of 9 Shocks Terror, Machine Go Boom, Insurrect, Homostupids, Vietnam Werewolf, and The Fucking Cops; Big Purple Records)
AFTERNOON NAPS (the current reigning royalty of pop music in Cleveland, members of The Volta Sound, Picklefight Puppet Theater, Bears, and Dreadful Yawns; Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records)
FAWN (first Cleveland show ever!!!; Detroit supergroup comprised of members of Kiddo, Von Bondies, Thunderbirds Are Now!, Child Bite, Javelins, & Nice Device; Super Sweet & Rich Records Co. & Suburban Sprawl Records)
SELF DESTRUCT BUTTON (prog noise rock, members of Clan Of The Cave Bear, Biblical Proof of UFO's, Proletarian Art Threat, Lives Of The Saints, Deathers, Mohammed Cartoon, The X Bolex, Small Object A, Neo-Nothing, Skullface Unit, Land of Buried Treasure, Washout Corp, Oblongata, etc. etc.; Tower Control Records)
NICK RIFF (classic 80's, 90's, 00's riff-heavy psych rock; Sonic Swirl Records)
PRISONERS (writing some of the catchiest garage pop in the good ol' USA today; Smog Veil Records)
TEENAGE GRANDPA (new kids on the block tearing things up with their brand of poppy indie punk; members of Left Field)
ETHIOPIANS (lo-fi / no-fi garage punk; members of Neon Tongues and The Soulhounds)
SLOTH (brutal gore-grind metal meets Gallagher-style stand-up comedy complete with ridiculous costumes; undisputed kings of underground cassette tape releases)
SELF DESTRUCT BUTTON:
You will want to come to this at some point, but missing SLOTH would be a mistake. Also, buy a T-Shirt.