worked in the poster art scene for nearly a decade, Michael Murphy
has made a name for himself in the world of rock; creating promotional
works for a variety of bands and shows, from no-names to big names.
His love of the kind of heavy metal and punk rock music that sends
Televangelists into a frothing frenzy provides the perfect inspiration
for the art that he creates. He has created limited-run, one-of-a-kind
works for Kyuss, the Forgotten, 22 Jacks, High on Fire, Swingin'
Utters, Youth Brigade, Nashville Pussy, the Golden Gods and Halford
to name but a few. Besides working for individual bands, Michael
has also built a strong clientele with a number of clubs and record
labels, including Goldenvoice, Straight Up Productions, and SideOne
Dummy! and BYO Records.
still draws, separates and prints all of his works by hand in the
same spider infested shop where he began so many years ago. While
the subject matter of his works vary, the themes remain consistent:
Danger; booze, voodoo, evil, buxom women who could kick your ass,
the triumph of the underdog (a turkey attacking a housewife with a
turkey baster for a Thanksgiving show!?!), and a foreboding that could
only be compared to the first day of elementary school.
The themes are dangerous, the designs are scandalous, and your mother
would NOT approve. But, hey, that's really what rock and roll is all
about, ain't it?