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Classic Posters - Interview With Stainboy by Paul Grushkin

Classic Posters - Interview With Stainboy by Paul Grushkin

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Published by Michael Erlewine
These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.
These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.

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Classic Posters - Interview with Stainboy by Paul Grushkin
Classic Posters - Interview withStainboy by Paul Grushkin
 Produced by Michael Erlewine(Michael@Erlewine.net)Known to the world as "Stainboy,"Orlando's Greg Reinel is no mere posterartist -- he's an all-purpose offender.He's an accomplished ink-slinger, nowpublished exclusively by Andy Stern'sDiesel Fuel Prints, and (although lessfrequently now) plays guitar and howlsin his two-man band, Nutrajet.Some say he's "the next Coop."Stainboy, who doesn't idolize rock stars,begs to differ. He's his own man, anentertainer, a stage-meister as adept atpissing people off (and turning them on)with printed media as he is with two fistsof Gibson Les Paul guitars. Hedescribes himself as "unschooled,undisciplined, and unstoppable." Yet,he's the consummate professional inpreparing his posters for screenprinting.His line work leaves everyone gasping.He's Stainboy, not some cheapimitation.I spoke with Stainboy over the phonelate one night, as he was busyunpacking a delivery from Diesel Fuel ofhis latest art print, a scorchingreplication of his own Mach 1 Mustang,complete with his requisite, trademark-like, hot chick.PAUL GRUSHKIN: You sound likeyou're huffing and puffing. What's goingon?STAINBOY: Unpacking boxes fromAndy at Diesel. Big boxes!PAUL GRUSHKIN: Well that's a goodthing because that means you're sellingposters.STAINBOY: Yes. A new batch ofposters ready for sale is always a goodthing.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Congratulations.STAINBOY: Well it means I get a littlebreak, talking to you.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Let me start out byasking you, what's with the Stainboycover-up?STAINBOY: It wasn't until two years agothat I started using it as a pen name. It'sbetter than plain ol' Greg Reinel andpeople will remember it, like a Pusheador a Coop. Plus, I've the signature tomatch anyone, anywhere. Oddlyenough, it's actually the same wayI sign "Reinel." I always sign "Reinel"that way with a big looped "I." I'vesigned that way since I was a kid. Thesignature makes the man, don't youknow?PAUL GRUSHKIN: When you were akid, were you a scribbler?STAINBOY: No, and I don't fillsketchbooks or folders. I approach myillustrations like I approach music. I don'tpractice-jam; when it's time to play, Iplay. When it's time to draw, I draw. I getthe idea and I'm off to the races. I'm likethat -- impulsive.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Let's say that I'vegot a gig for you, the Melvins, orMotorhead, and I say, "Stainboy, this iswhat's happening, this is the club, this isthe date, do your thing." Is what'simmediately in your minds eyesomething that leaps to the front, andthat's what you start pursuing?
Classic Posters - Interview with Stainboy by Paul Grushkin
Sevendust by Stainboy 
 STAINBOY: Sometimes. Sometimes I'vegot to think about it, like my Sevendustposter. I've heard poster artists say, "Idon't do bands that I don't know." Whytake on the job if you don't know theband? Well, it only takes an hour ofresearch. I'm a quick study, and youhave to be to get the work. I didn't knowmuch about Sevendust at first, but onceI looked at their site and listened tosome of their songs, that "How Does itFeel to Be the Enemy" line popped inand I happened to glance at my "DirtyHarry" lobby card against the wall. Iwent, "oh, ok," and if you look at theSevendust poster it's based around thewhole Dirty Harry movie poster thing.Good choice of material to work from,which made a good rock poster as aresult. I'll be honest here: I like thechallenge of learning about a band I'mnot familiar with, and actually pulling offa design that represents them well.PAUL GRUSHKIN: In other words, whatyou're doing is you're carrying a lot ofpop culture reference items inside yourhead at all times. Things that you pickedup, like a blotter over the course of alifetime.STAINBOY: Yes. One example is, I'vealways really been into the illustratedmovie poster. I like the look. I can'texplain it; it just gets me off.PAUL GRUSHKIN: When you weregrowing up, did the Reinel's havepopular art hanging in their house?STAINBOY: You mean my parents?Yes, of course, but . . .. My dad is adesign engineer. Every year he'd betaking on a different project. One yearhe was designing a chopper trikemotorcycle and the next year he'd bedoing some optical illusion design piece.He once built a Popular Mechanic'ssubmarine. I wouldn't say my Dad hadlots of artistic background, but accuratedrawing was necessary for designengineering.PAUL GRUSHKIN: But what's thedifference, if there is a difference,between drawing a car or a lady orphysically building something in 3-D. Isthere a difference?STAINBOY: Actually, not much. My Dadcould draw well too, but he was alwaysmore mechanically inclined, whereas Ididn't pick up on that as a kid. I didn'tbecome mechanically inclined until later.The thing I took from him is that if I needa part for something, I'm real goodfashioning that part out of what's onhand. Illustration is part engineering,too.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Does your Dadrecognize your artistic skill?STAINBOY: Yes, my parents alwayssupported my music and my graphic art.PAUL GRUSHKIN: When did you doyour first poster, was it in junior high orhigh school?STAINBOY: I actually made drawings ofthe teachers I disliked and made flyersof them, and put them out in the hall. Igot called in on that. They brought in myart teacher who really liked me at thetime. Funny thing is, being that I drew
Classic Posters - Interview with Stainboy by Paul Grushkin
my whole life, I kind of slacked off in artclass thinking it was easy and he taughtme a lesson: he gave me an 'F' onesemester. But there he was, my artteacher in the office and they had all myschoolwork lined up next to these flyersI made and they were trying to compare'em. My art teacher looked at everythingand he said, "Nope, these aren't thesame." Whew! But those were my firstflyers.PAUL GRUSHKIN: When did you firststart playing in a band?STAINBOY: Early 1980's.PAUL GRUSHKIN: So, you were mainlyinfluenced by punk?STAINBOY: Not just punk, all sorts ofstuff. '60s garage rock, rockabilly, '70sclassics, Sex Pistols. Cheap Trick.Whatever I thought was cool. I figuredplaying guitar would be easy and it didcome easy. Being in a band was just asnatural as picking up a pen. But I thinkaccess to the Internet has changed thedynamic of forming bands. People aren'tin it for the long haul. They're in, they'reout. Maybe there have always been ahundred thousand bands, but until theInternet, we never really were so awareof them. How can you keep track of itall? And is everyone making goodmusic?
Suicide Machines by Stainboy 
 PAUL GRUSHKIN: Now the Internetallows a poster artist to fall in love with anew band and make a poster for anevent sometimes thousands of milesaway from where he's living.STAINBOY: Right. I like that aspect, butit also does allow people to polish turds.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Of course.STAINBOY: Like me. (laughs). Well,hopefully not. I'm putting a lot of workinto making everything as good as I canmake it. A lot of people are making rockposters these days, so I'd better begood! Just look at each Flatstock; morenew artists every time.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Andy Stern told mehe discovered you at the third Flatstock,in Seattle. That's when you drove outthere, all the way from Orlando, right?STAINBOY: Yes, and I plan on drivingto the next one in Seattle too. Andycame up to me and said, "Is thereanybody publishing you?" I said no. Hegoes, "I am." It was as simple as that.PAUL GRUSHKIN: What did you knowabout him at that point? Probably verylittle.STAINBOY: No. Actually I remembertrying to get some stickers printed forNutrajet, and I think we contacted him.Later his website came up as a banneron gigposters.com, when he startedworking the 'Suicide Girls' thing. Then, Iremembered the name. I was familiarthat he was doing stickers for a lot ofdifferent bands. I just didn't know he wasdoing posters.PAUL GRUSHKIN: Now there is somedifference between the two, betweenprinting stickers and printing posters --not to mention fine art prints. Why didyou go with Andy?

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