Monday, April 13, 2009

Mock Show Artist Spotlight: Justin Helton

Designer and silkscreen poster artist extraordinaire Justin Helton has emerged from the south as one of the best young guns in the rock poster industry today. Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee where he still lives with his wife Mary Kate, Helton runs his own design firm Status Serigraph which he hopes to one day expand to incorporate a storefront that will include a small gallery space, an open print studio and office space to meet with clients.

Justin admits his favorite work is the posters he's done for Trey Anastasio. "The fact that I was asked to do them is the single most encouraging thing that has happened to me. In the design process, [Trey] actually gave me feedback as well. So I feel like he was as happy with them as was I. I hope at one point I have the honor of doing a poster for Trey's other band...maybe you've heard of them...Phish?"

Helton has been making posters for over 3 years and has done recent work for Trey Anastasio on his Classic TAB tour, as well as work for My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Ween, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Disco Biscuits, and many more.

Helton admits that if he wasn't an artist/designer, he would have no clue what he would be. "I've never wanted to be anything else in my life... But if I HAD to pick I would say a musician. I don't really play any instruments but dabble with electronic music and production. It’s fun and I could see it being an enjoyable career."
Justin is catching 8 shows in the first half of '09 and says his "perfect show" would at Red Rocks. "Arriving early, hanging out with old friends and new... Not selling posters on lot but in the show - Official Posters. Getting to go backstage and meeting the band. Discussing the poster design and maybe the show to come and getting them to sign it... go back out to the seats and enjoy a great show. Throw in a Tube > Carini > Maze > Frankenstein > Crosseyed > Camel Walk... and I'm all set."

Look for his summer tour posters for Pittsburgh's experimental analog electronica band Black Moth Super Rainbow, don't forget to check out his website, and click on the video below to see him in action printing a new poster for the North Mississippi Allstars.


  1. Awesome interview. I can't wait for the Red Rocks Mock Show!!!

  2. This is a great post. And great interview too! I love the designs, very artistic. Thanks, enjoyed reading this!