This original Blues Brothers fan-art was initially released at a gallery, and quickly sold out in 2013 despite many of my followers here not getting a chance to see it. 🙁

So I’ve made some tweaks to the design that reverse the blue and red look, with a METALLIC overlay across both colors. This Luxury Metallic Variant of the Blues Brothers print will be sold exclusively here in the Fringe Focus store, and has a limited edition of 175. The reds and blues are shiny/sparkly, and this should look pretty great up on a wall. Shipping in 2 weeks (Early June, currently printing this metallic version)

Blues Brothers Poster Metallic Variant Close-Up

“It’s a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

As a resident of Chicago, you can’t help but love this movie. As an American, or a music lover, or car lover, or sunglasses wearer, you can’t help but love this movie. Blues Brothers is a ridiculously over the top (and over budget) “action-comedy-musical”. Set in 1980, Blues Brothers may just have the best soundtrack to a film of all time (sorry, Daft Punk) thanks to incredible (singing) cameos by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and a hell of a lot more. It’s so. Fucking. Good.

I drank some beers, blasted a LOT of blues music, and drew the Blues Brothers print that I’ve always wanted to see. A print that captures our disheveled yet suave outlaws, Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Akroyd). Black suits, skinny black ties, black fedoras, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and white socks. Okay, the socks aren’t in the print, but they are still awesome. I drew Jake and Elwood driving the Bluesmobile, being chased by no less than 23 Chicago cop cars, and they don’t really seem to care.

Rather than strict black and white, this print uses dark brown ink on warm ‘Sand’ Speckletone French Paper along with the red and blue ink. I thought there would be no better way to light Jake and Elwood’s faces than with police lights in the background, so I basically split the whole piece using red on the left, and blue on the right. It looks REAL GOOD up close in person.

What is an ‘Artist’s Proof’? Artist’s Proofs are the exact same print as the Main Edition, printed on the same paper at the same time. But they are my personal collection of prints, and usually comprise just 5 to 20% of the total print run. The noticeable difference is a lower edition quantity and the marking ‘AP’ written next to the number. Both the Main Edition and the Artist’s Proof are signed by the artist.