Rocky Votolato – Hospital Handshakes

I recently had the pleasure of working with Rocky Votolato on the packaging design for his new album Hospital Handshakes. After trying out a few concepts, we ultimately arrived on utilizing a series of photographs of the recording process, taken by Amber Zbitnoff. The album —which was produced by former Death Cab guitarist/producer Chris Walla and recorded at his Seattle studio —

“Evokes images of broken teeth and burned hands, suggesting the arduous career highway Votolato has traveled. Over poppy power chords and unflappable heartbeat drumming, Votolato aims for one gigantic singalong statement and, in the rushing chorus, nails it: I”m not so sure/What matters so much here/Will matter at all in the hereafter.” (Patrick Hosken, Stereogum)

Hospital Handshakes is out 4/21 on No Sleep in the US and Glitterhouse in Europe. Pre-order it here. The Hereafter premiered today on Sternum, listen below.


Into It. Over It. & Kevin Devine Tour Merch

One week from today, Into It. Over It. & Kevin Devine will embark on a co-headline tour, with special guest Laura Stevenson. Ev & Kev had me whip up some special merch just for this tour, including screen-printed tour posters, tour date t-shirts, and a matching hoodie just for IIOI. I printed the posters by hand, and even mixed in some glow-in-the-dark ink, so those animals will pop off your walls when the lights go out. See the full list of tour dates, here.


Emily Hearn – Volcano

Last week I revealed my cover for Emily Hearn‘s new album Hourglass. Today, the first single, Volcano, is now available for download. The cover art is intended to be an expansion of the artwork from the album. Click here to download the song on iTunes. Hourglass drops on March 10th.


“Beauty Reigns” Workshop at Akron Art Museum

On February 19th, I’ll be presenting a workshop at the Akron Art Museum in conjunction with their current exhibition Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting. Inspired by the work of Ryan McGinness, I’ll be demonstrating the screen-printing medium, and how layering different colors of prints on top of each other can achieve a similar effect. The workshop is limited to teachers, grades K-12. Registration is required, follow this link.


Caravels & Octaves Split

My old friends in Caravels recently announced that they’ll be going on hiatus, and earlier this month I flew to Las Vegas to catch their last show in America. On the bright side, before they go out, they’ll put out one more release: a split with Baltimore’s Octaves, and both bands are currently touring together in Europe. The split comes out next week (1/27) via Topshelf & Bridge 9 Records. The artwork is centered around a series of architectural photographs taken by George Foskaris, Caravels’ drummer, and I lent a small hand helping him with the package design. I also screen-printed a small run of special-edition covers for the tour-pressing of the record, which is currently available on the European tour, on black vinyl. You can stream the entire release, below.