Dancing Ferret – 20th Anniversary Poster

Dancing Ferret - 20th Anniversary Poster

Dancing Ferret is having a big 20th Anniversary show at The Trocadero, and I was tapped to do the artwork for the event. It was flattering to get to do the piece, and I had a good time doing it. It was a pretty interesting request: Draw a ferret looking rather dapper with two hot goth girls with him. Sounds good to me!

The show features Covenant, Ego Likeness, Carfax Abbey, The Labrynth, The Wandering Cellist, Samantha Diaz. Guest vocalists Rodney Anonymous (The Dead Milkmen), Stacey Campbell (Spider Lillies), Andy Deane (Bella Morte), Jeff Diehm (The Last Dance), Alex Reed (ThouShaltNot) will all be making appearances, too!

How I Met Lamb of God

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The piece you see is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever created. In 2012, I heard Lamb of God, easily one of my favorite bands of all time, was coming to Philadelphia and were going to have a Meet-and-Greet before the show. I decided that since I couldn’t make it to the show I would at least get Lamb of God to sign something for me, so after some thought, I decided to just go ahead and do a gig poster JUST for them. Literally! I only made 3 copies: Two for me and one for them. The plan was to get two small ones, give them one, and one large version to get signed that I could put up on my wall.

The tale of the piece itself is something else: I had the idea for years but never knew how to pull it off, until it finally clicked. But this isn’t about that, so you can read the history here.

When I arrived at the FYE at Broad and Chestnut, I had run over from work which was just down the street, just 7 blocks away, and I was near the end of the line. I spoke to other awesome fans, met an awesome rep from Sony who took my photo with the poster, and I was getting really excited! Finally, the moment arrived and I got to meet the band, and, despite how many times I’ve met or worked with famous people or someone I admire, I still was starstruck! I wound up barely talking and just having a giant grin on my face! The band was incredibly nice, and they signed the new album, “Resolution”, for me along with the posters. They were all really thrilled with it and like it!

That’s when I got to Randy Blythe, the front man for Lamb of God. He always stood tall to me… partly because he’s a good foot taller than me, but also because he has one hell of a voice! His personality shone through, and he loved the poster! He wound up taking a photo of it and putting it on his Twitter feed! Randy then turned to me and asked, “Hey, are you going to the show tonight?” “No, I can’t, I don’t have a ticket, but I really hope you have a great show tonight!” That’s when he turned to someone and handed me a piece of cloth. “Enjoy the show tonight, man, you earned it!” It was a pass to the show! I could hardly believe it!

I wound up walking down the stairs from the meet-and-greet and out the door with a giant grin on my face! I couldn’t believe it! Not only did I get to meet one of my favorite bands, not only did they like my work, but I just got a free ticket to the show right from them! It was surreal, and like I could hear people calling my name. And they were. “LARRY!” I turned around, all the guys in Lamb of God were yelling my name… because I left my CD up there.

I mentioned at least once how awesome it would be to actually get to do some design work for them, and who knows, maybe it’ll come true soon.

PESTILENCE – Lamb of God / In Flames – 2012 Poster

PESTILENCE - Lamb of God / In Flames - 2012 Poster

PESTILENCE – The First of the Four Sisters of the Apocalypse


Gig poster for Lamb of God and In Flames for their show at The Electric Factory on November 24th in Philadelphia. This is the first in a series of 4 posters. Check out the piece on DeviantArt!

Larry West – Gig Poster Portfolio – NOW AVAILABLE!!!!

Larry West - Gig Poster Portfolio

Larry West here!

I’ve compiled my 10 favorite Gig Posters and put them together in an ULTRA-LIMITED EDITION SET! I’ve been designing and creating gig posters for years and I decided it was time to present them in the best way possible!

Each poster is printed on 90lb Vellum Paper stock and comes in a one-of-a-kind folder designed and assembled by myself! Each set includes:

Each set is shipped flat via USPS Priority Mail and comes with tracking. The first TEN BUYERS will get a SPECIAL SURPRISE!!!!

As an added bonus, if you guy the set on Black Friday (November 25, 2011), I’ll actually toss in a FREE SKETCH!!!! Remember, its only for tomorrow!!!

It’s all yours for only $100! CHEAP! Especially since each print tends to sell for $20 or more, this is a DEAL! So come on, buy one! NOW!

NOFX "Obama Clown" Poster

Check out the poster on DeviantArt!

NOFX and Anti-Flag. Easily two of my favorite punk bands! Every time NOFX comes to Philly it sells out immediately, and this time around they’re not selling tickets until the day of the show! I love doing posters for bands coming to Philly that I enjoy, especially if there isn’t any other promotion for them, so this time around I jumped on the NOFX poster.

I loved “The War on Errorism” and “Cokie the Clown”, and considering both the political nature of NOFX as of late as well as Anti-Flag, I figured skewing the current President would be appropriate.

I’m not anti-Obama, or even pro-Obama. I think the guy has done some great things and some incredibly bone-headed things as well. Caving into Republicans all the time? Really? Obama has put on the clown makeup for getting the U.S. into another pointless war or not closing Gitmo like he promised, and the Republicans threw the pie since they got him to cave in and change the date of a speech, among other things.

In other words; Obama is making himself look bad and into a joke, not me. 😉

That said, I sincerely hope everyone enjoys it! To all my liberal friends, know it was done tongue-in-cheek, and to all my conservative friends, know it was done tongue-in-cheek.

NOFX KICK ASS!!!!

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Just like most of my posters, drawing it was a lot easier than designing it! I sketched a layout I liked, and drew Obama in almost near-final detail on the street (true story!). I got home, finished the details, and inked it in almost the same time it took for me to draw it.

The hardest part in the design was nailing the carnival look. The NOFX headline was done using a tutorial I found at letterheadfonts.com. After that was everything else. I wound up using a bunch of different fonts and styles until I got something I was happy with.

Holy Grail – The Troc – May 3rd: Gig Poster!

HOLY GRAIL – The Trocadero – May 3rd, 2011

This should be one hell of a show! Holy Grail will be playing the balcony at The Troc, and admission is only $10! So unless you’re a starving artist, I think you should be able to make it, have a damn good time, and enjoy some awesome power/thrash metal!

Click here to check out the poster on DeviantArt!

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I sketched out the poster idea about a week before I decided to work on a finish. It wasn’t a very developed concept; a woman with snakes. I always like trying to add more and more to a piece like that, and I decided to do an ode to Leviathan.

At the same time, I was looking more and more at the work of my contemporaries, especially Godmachine. His work is consistently amazing, and I wanted to try something in the style he did that seems to be, in fact, the modern illustration style (my opinion, and nothing more). That said, my apologies if its too close!

I’m pretty happy with the result. I worked on it originally as a t-shirt design that I was going to turn into a poster, but I kept running into the same problem; I didn’t like how colorful it was, especially on the poster. The original has a LOT of green, and on a whim I decided to make everything red. It worked great for the poster, and so you have this.

A lot of blood, sweat, and annoyance went into this piece. The woman’s head was a nightmare to draw, and it’s my biggest weakness. I love drawing women’s heads, but I suck at drawing them looking up. I think I got it this time. 🙂

Live Not On Evil Gig Poster!

Well, here it is: The OFFICIAL Gig Poster for Live Not on Evil!

Live Not on Evil - Live at SXSW in Texas!


Check it out on DeviantArt!

This was a lot of fun to do and I have to say Rob was a great guy to work with! We wound up going for a Punk-Rock Cowgirl for the poster, and I was influenced heavily by Western movie posters at first, which led me to a more rockabilly-meets-classic horror look to the poster in the end. For the girl we agreed it would be awesome if the end of the branding iron was the Liberty Bell to keep well of the fact that the band was from Philly.

Actually, in the background, you can see the original pencil art! I talked to a friend of mine who said the original pencils were awesome and I should use them somewhere in the piece, and I figured the background was a great place to put it since it helped tie everything together.

The Stench of Redemption – Deicide 2011 Gig Poster

DEICIDE – 2011 Concert Poster

This is what happens when you go to Catholic School for 13 years, folks!

I love drawing nuns, relying on symbolism, and just being blatant at times. In this case, that’s exactly what I wanted in every possible way.

I heard Deicide was coming to town and wanted to show my support by doing a gig poster for their upcoming show. I had a vision of just some praying nun with horns coming out of her head, and a Rosary in her hands.

To be honest, this piece is as deep as it appears, and then some. As much as it may be about some nun turning to Satan, it really isn’t. In essence, I wanted to convey that the same love and devotion that can be shown to God can be shown to Satan. Is it really all that bad? Isn’t faith and love in something and someone more important than who, ESPECIALLY if they’re wind up otherwise being a good person for it?

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DEICIDE – February 18th – The Trocadero – 7PM!!!!

GET TICKETS HERE FOR THIS AWESOME SHOW!!!

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The more Artsy Stuff

So for this poster, I did something I normally never, EVER do; I did my own hand-drawn typography and did it as a vector! It was the most draftsman-like thing I’ve done as an artist in about 3 years because of how technical it was. I used Adobe Illustrator and for the first time turned on Smart Guides. I wished I had done it sooner! It made the curves much smoother and I love how the “e’s” came out. The typography was inspired by some classic Gothic Black-lettering, but also a bit of Art-Nouveau.

OTEP: Smash the Control Machine!

Otep 2010 Gig Poster

This started as a dig at BP, and it wound up being a really subtle one instead.

The girl in a bikini with the gas mask is meant to represent the devastation that BP is doing to the Gulf Coast, as well as to the beaches of Florida. The fact of the matter is, at the rate this is going, the only way you can go to the beach is by wearing protective clothing. OK, so maybe she isn’t THAT well protected, but you get the point.

In the design process for the poster, I had a really weird feeling about the design process and I decided to basically let the piece design itself. Sounds odd, I know, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

I wanted to go for an gas poster look from the 1950’s or earlier, and the flat colors were part of that. The font choice was done to reinforce the idea as well. It seems odd, but “OTEP” seems to have a sort of weird feeling to it in whatever context it’s in, and in this one it just feels like the name of an oil company. I don’t know why, but it just seemed to work.

That said, the girl in the gas mask wearing a bikini was the main idea and I think I got a great poster out of this. It feels a little weird and awkward, but it actually helps in giving you a creepy feeling about the poster and kinda draws you into it.

OTEP, iwrestedabearonce, and Stray from the Path will all be playing at the Wizzards Lounge at 3801 Chestnut Street June 26th at 7PM. I’ve actually never been there before, so I can’t say much, but hey, it’s OTEP. It’s bound to be one damn good show!

HOLE 2010 Poster – Hail Courtney, Full of Grace

CHECK OUT THE POSTER ON DEVIANT ART!!!!!

You know what I love? Pop art, the 90’s, and Hole.

I bought the album “Live Through This” for the first time only a little more than a month ago. It’s astonishing that it came out when it did, only a few days after Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Songs like “Miss World” and “Violet” are abrasive, in you face, and to me, showed a woman who wasn’t afraid to show who she was.

This piece is a reflection of a lot of things from that album, but also as a way to see her in a different light.

Courtney Love is a lot like Nancy Spungen in that she was… well, meant to be with Kurt Cobain like Nancy was meant to be with Sid Vicious. In fact, Courtney Love demanded she get the roll of Nancy when “Sid & Nancy” was being filmed.

Some people see her has this drugged-out loser, and I just don’t see her as that. I see her as someone who actually is really beautiful, but has had that light hidden from the world for one reason or another. Someone who was never afraid to be who she is and be herself, no matter what, for better or worse.

I remember growing up that mom once said I always tend to draw the worst in people. This wasn’t meant to prove her wrong, but I did want to try hard to do the opposite and show her in a different light.

Why Mary, you ask? And with a cigarette?

Well, Mary was just a woman, wasn’t she? She was married to a carpenter and gave birth to something that changed the world. She was just a normal woman who one day was picked to do something amazing. I think updating the idea to Courtney Love kinda reminds us of that, and just makes you question what your conception is of both her and Mary.

As for the cigarette… well, what can I say other than I can’t imagine Courtney Love without a cigarette.