Ryan Besch, also known as “Your Cinema,” is a designer/illustrator from Buffalo, NY. Besch has been designing gig posters and album art for 20+ years for a client list that includes The Black Keyes, Reliant K, Phish, O.A.R, and Ween. Check out his comic/alt pop art-influenced style below!
The first piece is a poster Ryan Besch designed for the alt-metal band “The Melvins.” The concert was held at the Showplace Theatre in Buffalo, NY back in 2006. Because this was one of the early posters Besch designed, it is a perfect starting point for his particular style. The comic book influence is on full display here. It features the mail-order advertising layout, and cut and paste style imagery. So it would look right at home on the pages of an EC Comicbook from the 1950s.
Extended Stay Tour.
Our next selection is a pair of prints designed for the band O.A.R. and their “Extended Stay Tour” in 2012. These prints display the laid-back art deco vibe reminiscent of a retro motel from a summer vacation long ago. Besch’s use of pastel colors and palm trees really give them the vibe of a relaxing oasis complete with a swimming pool and cable TV that help reflect the intimate nature of the tour. Their unique look perfectly encapsulates what this O.A.R tour represented, and would look fantastic on any collector’s walls.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. In this case, what happens in Vegas can mutate and eat you! This print was designed for Phish in support of their annual 4 night Halloween run in 2016 at the MGM Garden Area in Las Vegas. The influence of EC Comics and the horror titles of the 1950s really come through here. This 18×24” print was limited to 1200 pieces and was printed by Vahalla Studios in Kansas City, MO.
Finally, we have a poster Besch designed for Phish’s 2 night run at historic Fenway Park back in the summer of 2019. This design perfectly captures the summer feeling, complete with melting ice cream creatures and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. The complementary color palette here is one of my personal favorites. Besch spoke about his inspiration for the design process on his Instagram. “We wanted to do something related to the 4th of July in the park. And for me, Jaws is a 4th of July tradition with my kids. Couple that with summer ice cream treats and this is what you get.” Because this print was limited to 1500 copies, it sold out fast each night. The poster was printed on 100 lb french manilla paper stock by Vahalla printing.
Besch’s unique blend of analog and digital makes for a very dynamic design aesthetic that is perfect for these types of pieces. His creative abilities have been tapped most recently by the craft beer makers at Dogfish Head Brewing. Besch designed 4 original pieces for their “Artist Beer” series including packaging artwork and full-blown screenprints. If you would like to see more of Ryan’s work stop by his website.
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