Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser Poster

Haiti Earthquake Relief Fundraiser poster

If you're like me, you've been feeling rather helpless due to news about the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti. That's why I was stoked when my man Cass of Mass Appeal (cumbersome Facebook link here) asked me to donate my services to make a poster for a fund-raiser at the Lo. It's gonna be an amazing night of rappin', and all of the cash goes to Oxfam Canada.

I didn't notice it until I got home, but man...I totally had a Saul Bass thing going with this. No, I'm definitely not tooting my own horn or comparing myself to the legend; I couldn't help but notice some similarities in what I came up with. As I mentioned on the Flickr page for the poster, it was totally subconscious. Right off the top of my head, I kinda see Bass' posters for Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, In Harm's Way, and The Man with the Golden Arm in this – all of which you can see here. I figure it's natural that I'd be influenced, as Bass has long been one of my faves.

Don't mind me. I just wanted to put everything on the table, because the last thing I'd ever want to be accused of, is biting. Okay, there are a number of other things that I'd hate to be accused of, but I digress. To paraphrase a fellow member: with the internet, never has it been so easy to rip off artwork, and to get caught doing so. Personally, I'd be mortified to be the subject of a thread like this, or this, or part of a witch hunt at You Thought We Wouldn't Notice.*

But enough about me, this is about Haiti! Simple n' plain, this is a chance to do your part, and have a damn good time in the process. I mean, look at that line-up! That's some of Winnipeg's rap elite, Holmes. Act like you know, and hit The Lo on this Monday (and every Monday, for that matter. Mass Appeal is spot!)

*I don't want it to sound like I'm hating on those folks, as they exist to expose the wack, and I support that. With that said, sometimes they get it wrong, but as far as I know, they're quick to apologize when that's the case.


Aggie Semeniuk said...

You getting them printed? I would buy one if funds went to Haiti... and so would like 100% of my friends and people on tumblr. Holler.

Allan L. said...

It's digital offset, I figure. Cass is handling that. Turnaround was craaazy quick on this. There might be a framed version for auction at the show. Maybe. Cass brought it up, but I told him that a simple offset joint might not go over that well. (shrug)

Aggie Semeniuk said...

but since this is yours, you could theoretically go have some done right? not for the show, specifically but just for general sale. sell them on tumblr.. hell, i will for you! just a thought though, cause youre right, i wouldnt buy an offset poster.