'Jon Mackay is an illustrator, designer and screen printer of gig posters based in Oxfordshire and is completely incapable of sitting still and doing just one thing at a time.' My work has appeared in national publications such The Word Magazine, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Guardian as well as producing artwork for bands including The Vaccines, Daughter, The Cribs and Bloc Party among others. If you're interested in working with me on a project then please message me to discuss.
Earlier in September I designed and printed a run of posters for the European tour for Laura. The brief was ‘demonic but no demons’ which I think I managed to pull of well! The hands in the poster are Laura’s! I had the pleasure of going to see her at Symphony Hall in Birmingham as well which was great, a really stripped back set – just Laura and a guitar. The posters have possibly sold out, I will post a link to her site if they have any left in the future.
Finished the last of the prints for Daughter today with the prints for their sold out Shepherds Bush Empire gig on the 29th. Over the last few weeks I’ve also been working with the band Bear’s Den over the last few weeks to design a print for their upcoming tour… now to start printing for them! They have been supporting Daughter in the US leg of their tour as well as Mumford and Sons.
Over the last month or so I’ve been working on a set of new prints for Daughters’ up and coming UK and European tour. The band gave me free reign to come up with some idea. The design for the regional dates of the tour was based on the verse of their track ‘Tomorrow’ -By
By tomorrow we’ll be swimming with the fishes
Leave our troubles in the sand.
And when the sun comes up,
We’ll be nothing but dust,
Just the outlines of our hands
By tomorrow we’ll be lost amongst the leaves,
In a wind that chills the skeletons of trees,
And when the moon, it shines, I will leave two lines.
Find my love, then find me.
Posters will be on sale at all their shows and are printed as limited edition for each night of the show. There is also a special print for the Shepherds Bush Empire date that depicts all the venues the band has headlined in London since the start of their career. Each print has been hand printed by myself once again! I will have a few artists proofs left to sell at the end of the tour in my etsy shop if you don’t manage to get one at the gigs.
I’ve recently produced two more designs for the band Daughter for their current European and North American tour. Its been great working with them again as I got to really visualise their lyrics and come up with some designs that fit well with them. The ‘Lost at Sea’ design has been produced in a small run for each specific night of the tour from Istanbul through to Los Angeles whereas the ‘Limbs’ poster has no date / place on it. I will have a limited amount of posters to sell after the tour has finished at the end of May.
In addition to making all of the regional posters for the current Daughter tour I have also done a limited print for their sold out Hackney Empire show on the 24th of January. I made just 100 A2 size prints for this show. I’m really starting to get into drawing architecture – particularly when its as amazing as Hackney Empire! Again, I have a limited amount of prints that I will be selling after the show. Here are a few shots of them being printed.
Daughter’s tour started in Norwich last night despite the snow. I have produced a run of A2 sized 3 colour prints for the regional dates around the country. There are only 25 prints for each night of the tour – each one is specific for that venue. I am told they flew out last night in Norwich which is good to hear! Here are a few shots I took during the printing process. I will be selling a limited amount of prints from each night of the tour at the end of January, details to follow.