Art & Design

GROUPIE INTERVIEW: Rock Poster Artist Darren Grealish

• 2 November 2009
GROUPIE INTERVIEW: Rock Poster Artist Darren Grealish

Rock Poster artist extrodinaire Darren Grealish hails from LA and has worked with the likes of Blondie, Brian Jonestown Massacre, David Bowie, De La Soul, Iggy Pop & The Stooges, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Nick Cave and Radiohead and that’s only a few! We managed to get five minutes with the busy artist to answer a few questions where even Dave Navaro and Tommy lee came up. Now that’s our kind of interview!


check out the interview after the jump.

When did you get started particularly with rock poster art?

“I did my actual first official poster in early 2000 in LA for a friends band called The Flash Express.

I always was sort of the “Flyer guy” in my youth doing punk rock and rock and roll flyers for my various bands and my friends bands so it was a natural progression.”

Any one band/artist poster that you’ve done that you are most proud of?

“Well, the art on this particular poster was fairly simple but it’s all hand drawn and I was pleased with the end result and so was Iggy Pop. The band was a gigantic influence on me in my formative years. That band was…THE STOOGES!”

And who is the band/artist that you would kill to do?

“The Beatles. Even though they have long since disbanded I’d jump at a chance to do anything official for the Beatles.”

C’mon, tell us who was the nightmare to work with.

“Hah! Yeah, buggers! Of course but I won’t give them up. They could hunt me down and kill me!”

Cat Power

Have you worked with any other mediums or scales?

“I’ve done many sizes both big and small throughout the years. I did a huge light box poster for the inside of The Rokbar in Hollywood. It was a semi glitzy club/bar who’s two owners were musicians Dave Navarro (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Tommy Lee (Motley Crue). It hung directly behind this gigantic bar and was the center focal point. It was all gloriously lit up and looked smashing! I don’t know who owns it now. The place has since closed its doors.”

Can you let us in on how the whole process works?

“Well, there are a few different ways you can get a poster gig. The band/management/venue hires you, and once the negotiations/terms have been established I always get paid in advance or at the very least I make sure I get 50% down. Cover thy asseth I say!  I then create the illustration and seek client approval. Once approved I then have to make color separations so the silkscreen printers can print film positives and each color is printed by hand one at a time. It’s a lot of work actually. I then get them back in a few weeks from the printer, I sign and number them and proceed to mail the venue or client their portion. I keep my portion and the printer keeps his portion. We all make out. It’s a deal I am quite happy with and was decided years ago. Seems to work fine.”

Any plans for the future you can let us in on?

“I’m actually doing some work at the moment for Julian Casblancas’ (Lead singer of The Strokes) solo project.

I also am working on an apparel line for major stores at the moment and have some Top Secret buns in the oven that I am unable to disclose the details on. Busy as hell and continuing to try and push myself into new and uncharted waters artistically. Life is a trip.”


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dean says:

the best gig artist hands down, why he was’ent in american artifact is beyond reason

Darren Grealish does some amazing work!