Sonic Temple returns for it’s second year bringing you more than just the biggest in Rock music, we’re bringing you some of the best creative artists around.
Headlined by world-renowned graphic artist & muralist, Nychos, you’ll be able to come face to face with some of the most amazing art installations, live mural painting, poster artists, and performance art across the entire festival grounds as well as inside of our Art Tent. As soon as you walk in the door, you’ll be immersed in an experience like nothing before. Come take in everything that art & music can be together.
Nychos is a graphic artist and muralist born in Styria, Austria. Known for his trademark style on the reinterpretation of dissected motives combined with colourful outlines, he has gained massive exposure for his works with spray paint on walls and with his graphical designs. The works of Nychos are featured in the URBAN NATION 2018 exhibition, ‘UN-DERSTAND The Power of Art as a Social Architect’.
Grown up in a hunting family, meant that he was surrounded by dead animals in from as far back as his younger years along with growing up in the 80’s during a time when heavy metal was very popular, Nycho’s drew from these inspirations when his interest in graffiti and painting started to rise at around the age of 18. Over the time, he developed a distinctive and recognizable style, which stands out with his dissections and cross sections of human and animal bodies. In addition to focusing upon his individual art skills, Nychos is also the founder of the Rabbit Eye Movement, a street art concept that to this day, is now a full-time gallery and agency dedicated to pushing the same movement that created it
Smoke bomb artist Butch Locsin, aka Skeleton of Color, uses colorful smoke bombs set off at exactly the right time to create visually captivating images through performance art. With his signature skull masks and colored smoke grenades to produce spectacular images. Butch will be combining his colorful style with Jesse Rodriguez, who mesmerizes the crowd with spellbinding, alchemic fire breathing and seductive fire dancing skill. Together, they will perform to give an audience of onlookers captivating performance. Keep your eyes peeled for the crazy visual rush created by Skeleton of Color and Jesse. They sure to pop up when you least expect it!
Michael Reeder was born in Dallas, Texas in 1982, where he grew up influenced by the local skate and street culture. Drawing and painting in traditional mediums from a young age, Reeder found himself drawn to the underground, unseen, yet very public form of painting graffiti. He later moved to New York City where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of Visual Arts. Post-college, Michael took a job with Eyecon Studios in Dallas, Texas and learned to paint large-scale, traditional murals. These experiences fused with his early graffiti influence formed and grew into his portraiture work today.
Reeder’s current work commands attention through the use of bold color, graphic geometric patterns and realism. His portrait work is heavy, steeped in solemn imagery, yet saturated with bright, eye-popping color. Greatly influenced by the subject of defining identity, his fascination lies within the individual self, and those fleeting in-between or contemplative states that zap you out of mundane reality. Reeder’s process is open and free flowing, focused on allowing the work to take on its own sense of self-identity. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, along with numerous printed publications such as New American Paintings, Le Petit Voyeur, and HiFructose Magazine. Reeder participated as an artist in residence at Detroit’s Red Bull House of Art in 2016 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Jason is an award-winning artist, designer, and creative director who has been working in NYC for 15 years. After earning a BFA in graphic design from Brigham Young University, he moved to NYC to immerse himself into the life, color and magic of New York. He began his professional career working in the Creative Department of MAC Cosmetics, where he learned about the business of art and design, and developed his taste for spreading life and color into any and every project he could get his hands on. Six years later, Jason set out to start spreading his own message into the world.
Jason’s work consists of bright colors and rich blacks, and regularly contains messages of love and positivity, as he believes that kindness is the key to success. He works in both digital and traditional media, and while his work ranges from typography and illustration, to products and large scale murals, the immediately recognizable commonality in all of his work is his electric color palette and his positivity. Jason’s work has received several awards including two CLIO Fashion&Beauty Bronze medals. It has been featured in numerous publications and blogs and he has been featured on HGTV and the Discovery Channel. In 2018, Jason was named by BUMBLE as one of the 100 Most Inspiring New Yorkers, and his upbeat, colorful creations have found partnership with a range of brands like Coach, Heineken, XBOX, and Maybelline.
Jason’s mission is to spread color and positivity across the globe. He breathes life into every project with an upbeat attitude, humility and confidence. Having worked as an art director for years, he understands the creative process inside and out, and knows when to bend with flexibility, and when to hold his stance. Jason’s brightly colored designs and positive words reflect his zeal for life, his quest for joy and his love of LOVE. Currently, Jason is working towards developing a 3D version of one of his favorite motifs… the heart. <3
Growing up on a steady diet of heavy music, skateboarding, tattoos and world travel, the murals, screen-prints and gallery work of Palehorse now serve as a constant quest for Self-discovery and personal evolution. Inspired by an ever-growing fascination for spiritual practice, sacred art, ancient civilizations, plant medicines and world mythology, his images are designed to grab attention quickly, captivating the imagination and pointing towards the ineffable spirit that lies beyond the material world.
I am a classically-trained part-time bank robber. However, in the slow months, I illustrate, create branding, merchandise design, rock poster art, album covers/layouts, mural installations, design enamel pins, manufacture challenge coins, release books, focus on my own IP as a product, work within the tech security industry (it’s a weird niche), some lite music scoring and most importantly: screen print all of my art prints and posters.
Being an artist for a living always seemed like one of those daunting and impossible things …like being a rock star. Despite that, through a ridiculous amount of work, I’m able to combine my love for punk rock, iconography, teeth, branding, illustration, design & all-around jackassery into what I love to do.
Facebook, Microsoft, Dragoneer, Hackerone, Roger Waters, Assassin’s Creed, New Science Agency, Foo Fighters, Forecastle Festival, AC Entertainment, Iggy Pop, Copper & Kings, Metallica, Puscifer, The Acacia Strain, Hasbro, Killstar Clothing, Invisible Creature, Bravado Merchandising, Bigshot Toyworks, J!NX Clothing, Faith No More, Melvins, Slayer, Danzig, Pearl Jam, Primus, Blink-182, The Pixies & Metal Hammer
I’ve had a bunch of my posters shown in the Grammy Museum. What?
In 2005, Jeral Tidwell and I created Crackhead Press where the majority of my prints are produced. We have also produced several art books of our sketches.
In 2016, married MissHappyPink. We incorporated as Glitter&Skulls
Find concert posters and more form some of the industries greatest print artists. Boasting a roster of more than 15 artists, you’ll be sure to find something amazing in their booth to add to your collection!
Jesse Hernandez (@UrbanAztec) is a visual artist born and raised in the San Francisco bay area. He is most widely recognized for his street art murals, vinyl toys, and diverse Illustration work. His style is known as Urban Aztec, a combination of graffiti and ancient indigenous culture. Hernandez’s artwork has been featured by Warner Bros, DC Comics, Gears of war 4, San Jose Sharks, The Oakland Museum, Rockstar energy drink, Rolling Stone, Fandango, Juxtapoz, X-Box, Playstation, Run the Jewels, Oakland Athletics, and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Hernandez has shown art in galleries and museums around the world. He has also painted murals in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico city and Amsterdam.
Brian Ewing is a Rock Poster artist and Tattoo artist – residing in Columbus, OH. Ewing has worked in the music industry creating Rock Posters for the past 17 years. Designing for bands and Music Festivals such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Warped Tour, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Iggy Pop. Brian also freelances with many publications such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Hustler, Dark Horse Comics, Skybound and The New Yorker.
Ewing splits his time between tattooing and designing concert posters.
Brian Ewing appears in the documentaries JUST LIKE BEING THERE and MAKING IT.
He is either in a campervan somewhere in the forests of North America drawing something with mushrooms and/or antlers growing out of it’s head…or holed up in an undisclosed compound somewhere in the vicinity of Columbus,OH drawing something with mushrooms and/or antlers growing out of it’s head.
Madpixel is an art and design studio specializing in combining our passions: Photography, Illustration, Design and Printmaking. Louisville, Kentucky based husband and wife team, Ron Jasin and Mary Yates, combine these techniques to create unique designs for a wide variety of clients. Madpixel was started in 1992 as a hobby, doing band flyers and advertisements for photocopied ‘zines, but in 2005 it all just clicked. Doing small-run, hand printed gig posters has opened doors that allow us to do something for a living that hardly feels like work.