The National Poster Retrospecticus Showcases The Best Handcrafted Posters

by . July 8th, 2014

No longer promoting movies and events, these amazing posters are now taking center stage in a traveling show.

During its conception, posters have become one of the mainstays in terms of promoting and embodying an event. With the National Poster Retrospecticus, various posters as well as their makers are taking the spotlight. The National Poster Retrospecticus or NPR is a traveling show that showcases more than 300 hand-printed posters.


Last year’s NPR event in Boston

These 300 plus posters are made by prominent designers and artists such as Aaron Draplin, Daniel Danger, DKNG, Tara McPherson and Aesthetic Apparatus. Posters made for bands such as Phish, Wilco, Modest Mouse and more are among the hundreds of posters that will be displayed to the public. What’s more amazing is that the event will be open and free of charge.

The NPR dates as far back as 2006, but the change in the event’s format happened in spring of 2012. The show’s mission is to celebrate posters’ hand-made aesthetic goodness. On top of that, the traveling poster show aims to spread the enthusiasm around the world.

Check out some of the amazing poster creations that will be a part of the exhibit:


Daniel Danger
Aaron Draplin
Dan McCarthy

Related gallery: Featured Artist: Designing Movie Posters with Bill Gold

Firecracker Press

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Javier Garcia
Jay Ryan
Kevin Tong
Shawn K. Knight
Sleeping Giants

This year’s NPR hit the road since April 29th and will be visiting eight cities with the hopes of following up to last year’s success. Listed below are the schedules of the next NPR events for the month of August. Better check them out in case they stop over at your city, because you wouldn’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

8/1/14 | 6PM | BU Art Gallery
8/9/14 | 6PM | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
8/15/14 to 8/17/14 | 12pm-8pm | Weapons of Mass Creation Fest
8/23/14 | 6PM | Cotton Candy Machine

Heading the NPR event is JP Boneyard or John Boilard who hails from Massachusetts. Boilard is a front-end developer, designer and a big aficionado of hand crafted posters. He has been setting up art and music events since 1998.

If you want to learn more about the schedule and venues of National Poster Retrospecticus as well as how to host the NPR event do check out their website. You can also check out the NPR event in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to also take a look at NPR’s producer JP Boneyard’s work at the jump.

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