SkatRadioh’s Concert Art @ The Tweed
David Moreira, artistically known as SkatRadioh, is showing his local concert posters in the Student Gallery at the
At the Electric Fetus there is one of SkatRadioh’s posters hung up behind the counter and at Ragstock there is another up on the wall. His art is at a level above the bands he creates advertisements for and he is reviving an art form that visually expresses more than just a show.
“The SkatRadioh Poster Show at the
This might be one of your last chances to catch SkatRadioh because he is graduating from UMD this spring. He does plan to stick around for a little while though.
“I don't have plans to pack up and leave
So what is next for SkatRadioh?
“Having been an undergrad I had the opportunity to develop as a printmaker and develop my skills both within and outside of school because of my dedication as a practicing printmaker. I hope now that I will be prepared to work as an artist and focus even more on maximizing the quantity and quality of my prints.”
SkatRadioh has also worked with Jay Whitcomb making a few posters in a collaborative effort.
“I collaborated on a Meat Puppets poster for Pizza Luce with Jay Whitcomb who had previously been a working artist for a number of years,” SkatRadioh said. “I was introduced to him and also came to admire his work from my roommate Trevor Peterson who had introduced us. Around the same time Trevor and I collaborated on a different Luce poster for a country themed event with a large horse on it. Both collaborations were out of their interest in the screen printing process, which was unfamiliar to them. We all live together now and Jay and I have turned our garage into a studio that we can both work in. Jay and Trevor play in local bands Manheat and Blood Eagle respectively.”
That wasn’t his only collaboration.
“Before that I had an unforgettable collaboration with Jeremy Baker from the
Recently SkatRadioh did a poster for the local band Healthy Band Music Club with Nicholas Sundahl.
“It came from mutual interests in stereo optics. The particular poster is three dimensional if you cross your eyes to make the two images merge into one. This was an interesting poster because in the end the venue had been moved from what would have been the last house show for the Banana Hammock to someone's mom's house. She was out of town, but the cops showed up two sets in and in a last ditch effort I decided to invite the last three bands to finish the show at my house. The cops came by just as the last band ended their set and it turned out to be the last house show for my house called The Maxi Pad before I moved out. It was a great turnout and a lot of fun despite all the complications,” Skatradioh said.
“I've got a lot of comments and positive reactions on two posters in specific,” SkatRadioh said. “One for the
Is there one band that SkatRadioh dreams of doing a poster for?
“It has been a dream over the past few years to do a poster for the STNNNG, but recently it's been more and more likely that I will be doing one soon. I've been in direct contact them and their label now and it's only a matter of scheduling that determines when I will do a poster for them. My dream jobs are usually in line with some kind of realistic goal and it might now be transitioning into looking for an opportunity to do something for Kylesa somehow. I'm just not sure that my work is as heavy as their sound seems to demand. Short answer, a poster for a tour stop that Kylesa, Baroness, and High on Fire make at the Triple Rock.”
What is the future in your view of concert poster art?
“There are plenty of artists and designers that are dedicated to creating something more than just an advertisement. It has already been established as an important art form for being cultural remnants. I've seen a number of collective design firms and print shops lead the contemporary discipline. I hope to join in by finding placement in a print related workshop or building one up myself after school. I don't see any end in sight for music related poster art.”
Where can you purchase these posters for your walls?
“Since my first show poster, the majority of what I print has been documented and uploaded to my Flickr account www.flickr.com/photos/skatradioh. This includes some sets of photos that give you a sense of the process I go through and the spaces I've worked in. Photos of my retrospective opening can be found there too. GigPosters.com is a massive poster archive and has a profile on me among thousands of others. Most events I've made posters for have allowed me to sell them at the show. I have a current listing of everything I have left for sale on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/SkatRadioh afterward.”