A Brief Look: The DIY Spirit of Print Mafia

 

 

When you’re a young band just starting out everything that surrounds the experience is do-it-yourself. You haul your own gear, record your own demos, fill a bar with your own friends and family and the posters that get stapled to posts and bathroom doors to get the word out on those shows, you make those too. For some, this part of the experience passes but for others it’s a way of life. It’s an ethos.

Connie Collingsworth and Jim Madison work as Print Mafia, a Bowling Green, Kentucky based design company that runs on DIY blood. They work in Xacto knives. Copy machines. Found images. Free of any digital manipulation, Collingsworth and Madison’s man-made approach creates gig posters that are layered and direct with a spirit that cannot be matched.

Print Mafia drives on a work ethic full of exuberance and experimentation coupled with a utilitarian design-mind. Their mantra of ‘Cut. Paste. Destroy‘ is exact.

Rock and roll is alive and thriving in Kentucky.

 

Bon Jovi gig poster by Print Mafia

Bon Jovi gig poster by Print Mafia

 

'Adult Reader No 2' test print by Print Mafia

‘Adult Reader No 2’ test print by Print Mafia

 

Katy Perry gig poster by Print Mafia

Katy Perry gig poster by Print Mafia

 

Britney Spears gig poster by Print Mafia

Britney Spears gig poster by Print Mafia

 

Spoon gig poster by Print Mafia

Spoon gig poster by Print Mafia

 

Kiss | Def Leppard gig poster by Print Mafia

Kiss | Def Leppard gig poster by Print Mafia

 

KISS Army by Print Mafia

KISS Army by Print Mafia

 

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band gig poster by Print Mafia

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band gig poster by Print Mafia

 

For more work from Print Mafia follow these handy links —

Print Mafia Dot Net

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