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Birthday Beatdown poster

My drummer pal Tony Lee celebrated his 50th birthday last week with a six hour gig featuring 20 bands he plays in or his friends do. It was a great night of music and a reminder of what a talented town Vancouver is.

Tony asked me to illustrate the show poster. It was a real treat: Tony’s a great designer (particularly with type) and though we’ve been friends since high school, we don’t collaborate often. My pen-and-ink drawing highlights Tony’s sartorial sensibility, and features a drum kit brimming with Mad Magazine-ish jokes.

Here’s the poster (click the image to see all the drum kit gags larger):


Tony and I collaborated in another way for his birthday, reuniting our 1990s band Lozenge to play three songs at the birthday party.


By Rob

Rob Elliott dispenses creativity under the moniker Swizzle Studio.