Rock 77

Rock 77 by James White

Last year I designed a Kyuss t-shirt to wear at the Queens of the Stone Age concert I attended. Being that Queens are my favorite band, I wanted to go all out and pay homage to the roots of the music I love today.

What began as a sketch I did a few nights ago, this new piece entitled Rock 77 is a derivative of the previous Kyuss design. I had a good time working with the elements of this piece as it’s been a while since I’ve used some straight up photography in my work, especially natural elements.

This design will be landing in the Signalnoise Store soon, along with a restock of the previously sold out designs.






17 responses to “Rock 77”

  1. Ryan Avatar

    That is awesome! I wasn’t sitting on my Xmas gift on purpose, but I am glad I waited. I do believe I will be putting my name in for one of those Mr. Whites.

  2. Devin Avatar

    Forgive me for asking but:

    Are the trees in the center photography or illustration?

  3. james Avatar

    Ryan, you know the science of rock :)

    Devin, the tree elements are all photographic. I combined about four images to make the scene including main tree, additional background vegetation, sky and sunset. Along with a number of color-altering overlays.

  4. Todd Avatar

    That is a very nice design, i love the color and texture. Queens are my favorite band as well. I did a simple wallpaper for my computer at work using a great photo I found on Flickr. Here’s the wallpaper:

  5. faber Avatar


    What font do you use for all of these posters. I really love the swashes that add that extra flourish… Is it a font that has a ton of alternates for swashes?

    Very nice work, once again, James. You’re a continual source of inspiration for a budding designer like myself.

  6. james Avatar

    Todd, that Queens shot is spectacular. Great find.

    Faber, I really love the display value of this typeface as well. It’s Bookman Swash combined with the regular Bookman face, check it out on Veer. I discovered it while researching vintage ads from the 1970s.

  7. Mr Carlsen Avatar
    Mr Carlsen

    Awesome as always!
    Queens of the Stone Age is a nice band too. And speaking of music I wants to share a track with Peter Gabriel which is called “Signal To Noise”. I always think of this when I visit your website (which is truly amazing).

    Anyway here is a link:

    I couldn’t find the studio version, but I think that’s even better.

  8. pienose Avatar

    oh my god! that type is absolutely amazing! Did you design it by scratch? I love this, and might be the first poster I try and purchase!

  9. Mr. Smith Avatar
    Mr. Smith

    That’s really nice, James. Love the type, love the textures, I just love it. I dig QOTSA too!

  10. Neil Martin Avatar

    This is slightly different to your usual work, but it’s still great. It has a touch more “classic” than “retro”, I think. But perhaps they’re the same thing?

  11. Hedda Avatar

    You have fantastic talent – love your work.

  12. Simon Page Avatar

    nice but what typeface is that?

  13. Dy Avatar

    yeah its rock!

  14. Colorburned Avatar

    Very nice James! One of the best yet.

  15. Lettini Avatar

    Hey James,
    This is my favorite one yet since the Daft Punk poster. I’ve been checking the store every other day waiting for it to be stocked cause it will be my first purchase of yours. When’s it gonna be stocked?

    (by the way, your shit rocks)

  16. Murphy Avatar

    It kinda looks like a slimmed down version of the font used in the “Rolling Stone” -logo.

  17. Johnny Avatar

    Hi James,
    Is there any way that one could get a hold of the Kyuss print, it’s amazing! Great band!

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