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The Black Keys Poster

June 27th, 2011 // Posted by Dan in Blog, DKNG Work, Poster, Process, The Black Keys, Video

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During this year’s Flatstock at Austin’s SXSW a guy walked into our booth and asked if we would be interested in doing a poster for his band. It’s a pretty common question, but what came out of it was a pretty amazing opportunity for us. When I asked more, he explained that he manages The Black Keys. At that moment I was doing my best to stay as professional possible, but on the inside I felt like a little kid. We’re HUGE fans of The Black Keys to say the least and were thrilled with the prospect of creating a poster for them.

The poster we created is a three color screen print and has a limited edition of 275. It’s available for purchase in our store.

Below is a little video going over our process from design to printing, which is followed by close up shots of the print.




21 Responses to “The Black Keys Poster”

Nick says:

It’s funny you mention that story because I actually remember seeing you talking to him, and how excited you were afterwards.

June 28th, 2011 at 6:52 am

Dan says:

Haha! Small world man.

June 28th, 2011 at 9:53 am

Niko says:

This is great, love TBK and love your posters, what more can i ask.
After I finish typing this I’ll go grab one. I got Phish poster and that was really super fast shipment, thanks.
Greetings from Croatia

June 28th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Szabolcs Sz says:

Absolutely gorgeous! Great job. The slingshot is my personal fav… :)

June 28th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Molly Tuttle says:

After I pull my jaw up off the floor, I will try and find words to describe how awesome that video is. You are THE best of the best.

June 30th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Jeff says:

Congratulations you guys! I love to see you guys getting some big publicity on this one……very well deserved. As always, Kim and I are very happy for you and grateful for getting to play a small part in your journey.

June 30th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Dan says:

Thanks Jeff. Looking forward to Mexico!

June 30th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Nathan says:

AH! Why is this a limited print! This is such a fantastic poster you should really make more!

July 18th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Dan Corcoran says:

absolutely beautiful work guys. DKNG always blows up the spot.

August 4th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Ana says:

vocês são muito bons no que estão fazendo.


September 24th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Ihsan KL says:

what a great process! love the details! :D

October 3rd, 2011 at 12:06 am

Brandon says:

When you are creating bitmaps, do you normally use PS or AI to create them and is there a standard setting that you output it as?

October 28th, 2011 at 11:07 am

Dan says:

We create bitmaps in PS, but the art begins in AI. our normal settings are round halftone dots, 53 lines/inch and start with an angle of 22.5 and add 30° for each layer to avoid Moiré patterns.

October 28th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Mira says:

I hope you don’t mind answering two burning questions :)
1. What do you do with gradients in Illustrator? I noticed you had some on the cases in the beginning and then they got halftoned I don’t know where… DO you pull them individually into photoshop and bitmap them?
2. Do you output your final separations in AI or PS?

January 6th, 2012 at 2:57 am

Dan says:


1. Yes, exactly.

2. We still have all the elements in illustrator and just select which one’s should be white or black to create the seps.

January 6th, 2012 at 10:19 am

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Hey would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start my
own blog soon but I’m having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I
had to ask!

January 18th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Dan says:

We are using WordPress with a custom theme we designed.

January 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

Olya Gi says:

I can’t help myself, I love your work! :D
I love The Black Keys, and this poster is a gorgeous piece of art.
Greets from Russia

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