The Kills | Poster Design

  • Hittin’ the road.
  • The Kills are a music duo who specialize in a fusion of lo-fi garage rock and soulful blues. I designed and screenprinted a run of 100 posters for their show at the Terminal 5 venue in NYC.
  • With their dynamic album Ash & Ice released just a few months prior, the posters drew inspiration from the record’s lyrical themes of heartbreak and romance. In the artwork, two figures drive off into the desert, leaving a trail of dust on their past as they embark towards new beginnings ahead. 
  • Hand-drawn illustrations and custom brush script typography were used to emulate the gritty tone the band has become known for. These were contrasted with shimmering gold metallic ink, providing a faint glimmer of elegance that adds a pop of color while subtly referencing the new musical territory the band was exploring.
  • Originally a limited edition of 100, only 15 remain now. The 2-color posters utilize a shimmering metallic gold ink, and were screenprinted on matte black paper from French Paper Co.

    Want one? You can buy this poster here.
  • Client: The Kills 
    Poster Designer & Illustrator: James Bonilla
    Screenprinting & Design Assistance: Spencer Joynt
    Photographer: Bryn Dunbar