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Screen Prints – The “new” art form

There has been such a great upsurge in art created from re-envisioning movie posters as screen prints, that it makes it difficult for someone like myself, a lover of cool art and great movies, to keep any cash in my already thin wallet.

It is then a small blessing for me, that these prints have become so popular that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get the chance to spend my money on them. There was a time when they were somewhat underground, but with the success of art powerhouses like MondoSpoke Art, and ACME Archives through their print site Dark Ink this art form has become very popular – and not only because the art is amazing, but it is affordable at the same time – most prints generally going for $50 to $100. No need to seek out original movie posters from the 50’s, or buy cheap reprints to decorate your apartment. These prints are so cool, the are instant classics in their own right, and the limited numbers make them even more unique.

I am a very late entrant into this arena, and it since that the bar has been set so high already, it will be very interesting (if not a bit unnerving) to see where I’ve gotten, let’s say…five years from now. My first entry was a print for the 20th anniversary screening of The Rocketeer at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood.

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More recently I was asked by ACME to create a screen print of the 1935 Mickey Mouse short The Band Concert. This was a perfect choice for me as the short is one of my all-time favorites, though I have to say, watching it over and over for graphic clues really made me see it very differently. Suffice it to say, not that a year has passed, I am finally comfortable watching it again.

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I am currently working on a few new ideas, and hopefully I’ll be able to execute them before too long. In the meantime, check out some of these wonderful examples from MondoSpoke Art, and ACME Archives.

There are really so many truly amazingly beautiful posters, that this is just a random collection of my favorites… Once you’re done reading this, go buy a cool poster!

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About serbancdesign

Design professional, father, videogamer, and citizen of the Colbert Nation.

2 responses to “Screen Prints – The “new” art form

  1. Bo Smith ⋅

    Where can I buy your Rocketeer poster?

    • Hey Bo, those were available at the screening, and for a while they showed up on eBay, but I believe they’re long sold out now. I may have a few in my archive, of both the regular and the ultra rare black-light version. I could sell it directly to you for $100 and $150 respectively. They are beautifully screen-printed on heavy paper by DL Screenprinting in Seattle. If you are interested please let me know and I’ll look into shipping unless you’re local to LA and you’d prefer to pick up.

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