Alternative Aesthetics is a English illustrator based in one of our favourite cities, good ol’ Cardiff. His real name is Colin Kersley and take it from us, Colin has a great sense of humour and a raucous imagination. His work, which he also describes more fittingly as play, is often character-based, stemming from odd thoughts or reactions and featuring hand-lettering in glorious black and white. Influenced by conversations, films and music, Colin’s creations tend to veer towards the macabre or bizarre, putting a playful twist on unique experiences and subcultures. Naturally, his most recent venture is self-initiated gig poster project called This Is Not A Ticket, based around fictional band names that were born from weird conversations with friends.
We were obviously intrigued, not just by the posters themselves, but by the conversations that led to their production. We asked Colin to tell us about some of the weird chats that led to the conception of Rage Cake and Mystical Crotch.
‘So, the name Hungry For Cats came from a discussion about the internet’s insatiable appetite for photos, videos and gifs of cats. Weaponised Guilt is a good one; It’s a phrase that we came up with to describe how people hold onto something that someone else did or said, waiting to use it against them at the opportune moment. I think my favourite has to be Ghost Boner though. This band name stemmed from a conversation about those tacky ‘sexy’ halloween costumes and it was suggested that a true sexy costume would just be the old fashioned sheet ghost with a full-on ghost boner.’
We’re not ashamed to say that Ghost Boner is probably our favourite pick of the bunch too. Ever intrigued by an illustrator’s processes, we discovered that Colin’s posters began their lives as rough pen-on-paper sketches. Then redrawn using a Wacom tablet in Photoshop, each awesome poster arrived in its final A3 limited edition form after being digitally printed by the folks at Ripe Digital, Colin’s favourite print studio. Hop over to the Alternative Aesthetics store and discover the likes of Horse Tornado and Stranger’s Armpit for yourselves and follow the This Is Not A Ticket project on Twitter and Instagram.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth