Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York

Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in NY by James White

Selecting a favourite album to re-imagine the cover of is a tough decision. Even if our favourite album has a crappy cover, we grow to like that crappy cover because we love the music. So how do you re-design something that you’ve grown to love over a period of time?

Well, this was the entire theme of the ’33 and a Third’ art show opening at Gallery1988 tonight (Friday, December 5). I had to think long and hard on this one, but when I landed on a certain album it seemed like a no-brainer… Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York. I’ve loved that album since its release in 1994, and 20 years later it’s still in regular rotation. In light of the art show, the album has a weird loophole. To me, the cover lacks any amount of creativity where MTV just slapped a stage photo into a crumby scribbly box. The double-whammy is that Kurt Cobain once said he never wanted a photo of the band on his covers… way to go, MTV.

So after 20 years, I designed what I would like to see on the cover of a favourite album.  Here are the details…

Opening reception: Friday, December 5, 2014
Where: Gallery 1988 (East): 7021 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Size: 12×12, Giclee print
Edition: 20
Printed By: Static Medium, Los Angeles
Paper Type: Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm

If the prints don’t sell out tonight, they will be on the Gallery1988 site shortly after. If you are interested, watch my Twitter for details.

Signalnoise ‘Black Friday’ Releases

StarKade: Guardians

StarKade: Guardians

StarKade: Guardians


StarKade: Guardians



Ain’t Nothing Like Me

StarKade: Guardians

89 Times

StarKade: Guardians

12 Percent

StarKade: Guardians


DRIVE poster James White

DRIVE: BBC Rescore


StarKade: Half-Shells 3

HyRULES print


Shown above are all the fun wares that will go live on Friday, November 28 at 12pm EST in the Signalnoise Store. We are covering movies, cartoons and video games in one fell swoop. Everything here was printed by the crack team at Static Medium in LA, lovingly signed and numbered by James White and shipped out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Without further banter, lets get into those details…

StarKade: Guardians Pack
This collection includes 5 new colourful prints commemorating some of the characters from the hit movie. This series has an edition of 75 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. There’s also a chance of getting the special “Seedling” print (edition of 20, seen above) randomly inserted into pack. $40 per pack

DRIVE BBC Rescore AP Poster
A rare treat. This DRIVE BBC Re-score poster is a rogue endeavour by Signalnoise, and we did a very limited run of artist proofs. Where this is an unofficial poster, a regular edition run will probably never happen. The poster has an AP edition of only 20 and is measured at 18″ x 24″. $65

StarKade: Half-Shells 3
This series encourages you to “Collect ‘em all”. Each turtle print will be released along side a mystery bad guy. Which bad guy will it be? That evil surprise will be waiting in your mailbox. This little set includes 2 new character prints, both of which have an edition of 30 and are measured at 5″ x 5″. You also have a chance of getting the rare print seen above, randomly inserted into packs. $20 per pack

This special print honours everyones’ favourite Hyrulean adventurer, rocking out on his day off. This print has an edition of 75 and is measured at 5″ x 5″. $15

The Signalnoise series of prints tend to sell out quick. Mark those calendars, and watch Twitter as we approach release time!

DRIVE poster: BBC Rescore

DRIVE poster BBC Rescore

When I received an email tip from “Gavin” that the BBC would be offering up a rescored version of DRIVE, I was instantly intrigued. Not only is DRIVE one of my favourite films (to the extent that I designed a poster for it back in 2011), but it offers one of the greatest and most appropriate soundtracks around. The fact that we’ll have an alternate take on the soundscape by BBC’s own Zane Lowe was very interesting.

If we’re going to have a re-imagined soundtrack… I felt it a perfect time to re-imagine my own DRIVE poster in support of the project. A lot has happened since 2011. My focus has shifted, my interests have changed and my skills have continued to evolve as an artist. My 2011 poster is where I was then… this is where I am now. You might notice a similar style here to my Overdrive Series launched a few months back.

The big question will inevitably be “Will this be offered up as a poster?”. And honestly, I don’t know yet. I went rogue on this one so I guess we’ll have to see. But for now, if you have access to the BBC be sure to check out the rescored DRIVE film airing on 30 October at 10pm. Best of luck, Zane!

Signalnoise Workshop via W+W

Signalnoise workshop

So here’s the scoop, gang. My good friend Naomi Atkinson over in Newcastle UK is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for her WICKED retain store Whosit & Whatsit. Lets get some info on her ambitious project straight from her…

We’re bringing designers back to the high street with a stunning store created to give them 100% of their profits. Retail as it should be.

As the world becomes increasingly digital, unknown design talent is being hidden away beneath thousands of web pages. W&W is finding these individuals and bringing them into the spotlight to sell their products.

This gives our customers the chance to appreciate amazing craftsmanship in the physical sense, and not just as images on a screen.”

Naomi is creating this amazing space FOR US. How can we not get behind this wonderful idea? Here’s the thing, one of the perks available on the Indiegogo is a Signalnoise ‘Illustrator vs. Photoshop’ workshop which I’ll do remotely OR in person. As you can imagine, I really want to make this happen for Naomi AND for you. Here are more details…


  • Remote sign-in available for those not close to Newcastle, UK. Only £85 for the whole day, questions collated throughout and time will be made for them.
  • Save money and sign in with your team/colleagues.
  • In person, currently only 14 tickets available. Get the full benefit of one-on-one advise/learning.
  • Signalnoise has never done anything like this before… learn my techniques, see how I work. Secrets revealed.
  • Sunday 1st March 2015. All day.
  • Only 3 days left to secure your spot.
  • If it gets booked up, I’ll also host an exclusive art show, with limited edition prints at the Whosit & Whatsit space.


As you can well imagine, I’m super excited to do this but we’re going to need your help to make it happen. Zip over to the Whosit & Whatsit Indiegogo page and help Naomi mobilize this amazing concept. Our community needs something like this, and we can all make it happen.

CELSCAPES art show at Bottleneck Gallery

CELSCAPES by James White

Let’s go Exploring

CELSCAPES by James White

Don’t Get Technical With Me

CELSCAPES by James White

Steady, Dak

CELSCAPES by James White

Yub Nub

CELSCAPES by James White

Come and Get Your Love

CELSCAPES by James White

Black, Volcanic Glass

CELSCAPES by James White

I Have the Power

CELSCAPES by James White

Not a Gun

CELSCAPES by James White

F*cking Brutal

CELSCAPES by James White

O.K. Corral is Just Yonder

CELSCAPES by James White


CELSCAPES by James White

Shake and Shiver

CELSCAPES by James White

The Ultimate Trip

CELSCAPES by James White

It’s a Long Road

CELSCAPES by James White

Filthy Hobbitses

Last Friday was opening of my CELSCAPES art show at the mighty Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Joe and I have been scheming on this one for the better part of a year and I was thrilled to have my first solo show with such rad people.

So here is the full spread of all 15 original pieces I created for the show, inspired by the beautiful painted backgrounds of cartoons I watched as a kid. Scooby-Doo, Superfriends, Spider-man, Masters of the Universe… if you don’t know what I’m talking about please dig up some old episodes and scope those backgrounds. Wonderful stuff. So for this show, I wanted the background to be brought to the foreground.

All pieces are now available to purchase through the Bottleneck Gallery shop!

MEGA thanks to Bottleneck Gallery for their hard work in making this show possible.

Signalnoise DCAF Preview



I’m excited to be selling some wares for the third year in a row at DCAF (Dartmouth Comics and Arts Festival) at Alderney Landing this Sunday, August 17th.

I pulled out all the stops this year and special ordered a slew of giclee prints, a lot of which have never been available before. See the image above. Those big prints are 13″ x 19″, and the smaller ones are 5″ x 5″. Loads of colour, these were all printed by the fine folk at Static Medium down in LA. If any of these catch your eye, come find the Signalnoise table on Sunday.

Following the event, I’ll be putting any remaining stock in the online shop next week. Watch my Twitter for details.

KRUSTY (Onsale Info)

KRUSTY by James White

KRUSTY by James White

Excited to reveal my piece for the ‘Last Exit to Springfield‘ art show at The Dart Gallery opening Friday, August 15.

I was super on the fence about my submission from the very start, since I haven’t been a giant fan of The Simpsons since the mid-90s… but I happened upon this fun idea while doodling one night and had to see it through. A keen eye would spot the obvious Milton Glaser spoof, which I thought fit pretty nicely with Krusty and his lengthy “career”. Without further babble, here are the art show and onsale details…


Opening reception: Friday, August 15, 2014 (Facebook Event)
Where: The Dart Gallery, 127A Portland Street, Dartmouth NS

Size: 18×24, Giclee print
Edition: 20
Printed By: Static Medium, Los Angeles
Paper Type: Museo Textured Rag 285 gsm


Any prints that don’t sell at the opening reception will be sold online through the gallery on Monday, August 18. I’ll be sure to update this post and my Twitter with the link once they’re live. If you happen to miss out, I will have my personal APs for sale once the show closes, so there will be a couple of chances to snag this one.

BUCK ROGERS for Grey Matter (Onsale Info)

Buck Rogers by James White

Buck Rogers by James White

Psyched to announce my official BUCK ROGERS poster collaboration with Grey Matter Art. What an absolute blast it was to work on this thing with such a fine group.

See, when I started school back in 1981 my parents bought me an awesome Buck Rogers lunchbox with an action-packed image of Buck, Deering and Tweeky. I carried that lunchbox with me to school every day for years. The show had aired when I was too young to see or remember it… but I recall my dad telling me who Buck was, which is really all I needed. So when Grey Matter approached me and asked what generation of Buck I wanted to illustrate, the decision was pretty clear.

Here are the official details about the poster straight from the top brass at Grey Matter Art…


Grey Matter Art has teamed up with artist James White for part two of their Buck Rogers series. James’s poster will go on sale Tuesday, August 19th at 1PM EDT. in the Grey Matter Art Shop.

Grey Matter Art are also doing a deal for this one too. If you purchase a James white poster, you can get a regular edition Dave Perillo Buck Rogers poster together for $60.00 or a variant for $65.00

Artist: James White
Size: 18×24/8 Color Screen Print
Edition: 79/$40.00Printed By: Seizure Palace

Regular Edition: 130 w/James White – $60.00
Variant Edition: 60 w/James White – $65.00
Details: 18×24 5 color Screen print (2 metallics on variant)
Printed By: Seizure Palace
Paper Type: Regular/Cougar NaturalVariant/Bright White