About the artist
Mike Klay (aka Powerslide Designs) is a Seattle-based artist who has created gigposters for the likes of Ladytron, Camera Obscura and Death Cab for Cutie. Previously, he was printed early in Teefury history with Animal Gravity, which you can view in our archives. It was one of the highest selling designs during that time. He's back with a clean simple design that sure to please old school Teefury members.
What a day in the life of Mike like?
6am wake up
play with my son
feed my son and myself
head downtown to work (in-house graphic designer for The Triple Door & Wild Ginger)
eat lunch at Salumi
head home around 5pm
play with my son & wife in the backyard
freelance or screenprint in the garage
pack web orders
watch a movie
I've heard that you've invented a product? Can you tell us a little
bit about it?
The Munkey! It's the first mobile device stand that duals as a hanger. I basically got tired of holding my iphone on the plane to watch a movie so I came up with this strap and stand combo that makes it much more comfortable to relax and watch a flick in the air. Works in the back seat of a car too! It was a year and a half in the making and I'm stoked it's finally a reality. All the info can be found at http://www.themunkey.com
If anyone googles Mike Klay, they can find a wealth of mentions about
your posters. Is that your main profession?
I'm a Graphic Designer by trade and have always loved music, been in numerous bands as well. It was just natural that the marriage of design and music would somehow come about. Enter the concert poster. Created my first one in 2003, then learned to screenprint and shortly after decided to give art prints a whirl and they've been the most popular.
How did you get into the art industry?
I failed Calculus as a Mechanical Engineer.
Any advice for aspiring artists?
Do what you want and don't listen to other people. Take some advice from the people that know more than you, but in the end, create something that YOU are happy with.
What's your art process like, from initial sketch to finished product?
75% Illustrator - 15% Photography - 5% Photoshop - 5% Pencil and paper
MAC or PC?
Any shout outs?
My family is a constant source of inspiration with my wife being my biggest critic and the GP crew - what what!