Dienstag, 20. Dezember 2011

advertisement for BEAR FAMILY records

yes, sir - for BEAR FAMILY RECORDS - the no. 1 label for vintage music of all kinds. i grew up with it - always checking there mailorder catalogue and buying this and trying that, and when i started doing serious design i just thought - "boy, would be great to work with them someday." and here we are, finally (and 10 years later) - a marcel bontempi ad for bear family. no masterwork - but at least more sexy than lots of other record company advertisements. and besides that: sexy music needs sexy ads...(AND sexy covers - did i mention that before?) i wish everybody a merry x-mas and a happy new year!

Mittwoch, 14. Dezember 2011

ballroom goes BURLESQUE

my first "burlesque"-poster - i tried to give it the look of a 60s nude-magazin. it worked out OK, i guess - of course one can argue about the colors!

Freitag, 2. Dezember 2011

postcard & pre flyer for DESPERATE ROCKnROLL

miguel corchon from malaga (benelmadena) is pretty busy in keeping the scene alive - and he's doing a fine job. he's not only organizing the "blues at moonlight" - now he's also putting up a new festival with a great name: (wonder why nobody used this for a festival before) DESPERATE ROCKNROLL!!! here#s the preflyer, wich appeared as postal card... dig the rocker with switchblade...;-)

silvester party at LOLITA BAR!

uh - once again: the coolest bar in my hometown is doing a "silvester gala" and i did the poster....yes, i know - the words "silvester" are in the wrong place, they should be a little more downward - grrr...anyway - what matters is the monkey!!!!! (as always)

Montag, 28. November 2011


visit the big battle of the DeeJays....loser has to leave the town immediately!!!

STRESSTEST - my first official book-cover!

i once went to the worlds biggest book fair in frankfurt to show the editors of random publishing houses my artworks - like thousand other illustrators i saw there - carrying there maps around. i really felt totally uncomfortable going from editor to editor (sometimes waiting in a row) to show my stuff - and i guess the editors didn't feel much better - they were really bored and apathetic and were not really into checking the art-stuff of maybe 1.000 illustrators per day. and man - i can tell you - there were any kind of illutrator you can imagine: the misjudged genius, some real graphic whizzkids, a legion of average and indifferent "i draw anything"-illustrators and some wannabe-illustrators - wich was very hard, cause by chatting with them i found out, that most of em come evry year, trying hard to get an editor. at the end of the day i was totally depressed - some editors showed a little interest, most of em showed nothing or told me that my style is absolutely inappropriate for their publishing house. back home i swore, i'll never do this again - it was disgusting - not because of the fact that my endorse failed totally, but because of the whole setting - i felt my artwork was better at home in a drawer than gawked at by random editors... i concentrated at what i knew i can do: crazy and not so common design of posters, LP-covers etc...
well, and then, in the middle of 2011 it happened: a guy send me a mail, telling me that he was thrilled by what he'd seen on my facebook and if i could imagine to do some book-illustraions. well, i guess everybody knows what i answered - and so the story went on and now i find myself designing a whole book series at LAPPAN VERLAG here in germany. it's title is STRESSTEST and there will be a "stresstest" for men and one for women. text and idea is by a team of writers - all illus by myself... inside the book there will be a small drawing for each chapter.

Dienstag, 25. Oktober 2011


fresh from the factory!!! if you ever go to leipzig, germany, don't miss to pay a visit to this extraordinary place!!! top notch bands and DJs!!! home of ska, soul, RnB and rock & roll galore...

Mittwoch, 14. September 2011

MURAL PAINTING at the ALTES THEATER Bar-Restaurant in dessau

achtung: here we have some heavy art stuff - the mural i've done for the ALTES THEATER in dessau, saxonia, germany. since the location is connected to the local theater, the task was to incorporate scenes and themes from famous plays in the wall painting. the painting is in fact a mixed media mash up done on computer and then printed on canvases. what sounds pretty ugly at first isn't that bad, cause there was no intention to mimic a "real painting". every character and scene is painted and drawn with different pencils, colors, brushes or styles and some are even cut-outs, copies from old advertisements or or woodcut prints. the big wall in the restaurant was only divided by a small bar in the middle, a rectangular hole on the far right side and a partition element fixed on the wall. i really had my fun doing the scenes on the upper part and the "audience" on the part below the bar...
dig the photos of the restaurant (courtesy of benny uebe - i haven't been there yet) and scans of the sketches i made right before starting the whole action...

Montag, 12. September 2011


yoohootoohoooo!!! the "OLD MAD WITCH"-release is out at last! when i first heard this song called "MAD WITCH" by dave gardner i totally flipped and it was only a matter of time for me to do a coverversion of this great song. soon the idea was clear to do a 4-song-EP with devils and witches as main point. so it also recorded "train of sin" (original version by bill haley), "train to satanville" (by gin gilette) and "race with the devil" by gene vincent... now it is pressed and released on the biggest small label out of frankfurt, germany: WITCHCRAFT INTERNATIONAL - yep, the perfect label for this stuff. check the cover i did...
and hey, when you know the ORIGINAL version of "old mad witch" by mel allen (yes, dave gardners song allready seems to be a cover version) - please tell me - i'm searching desperately for it...
check out the website of the label to buy this EP: www.witchcraft-international.de
..and here a sample (made by brother WILD PASCAL!!!):

Mittwoch, 7. September 2011

battle of the bands

"LA GRAN BATALLA" between the teutonic kaiser monkeys MONTESAS plus their famous girlcommando AND the spanish conTWISTadores IMPERIAL SURFERS! see them spill blood and fight till the living end! and yepp... it really took time to do the poster - somehow i didn't find the best composition - but at the end it works out fine - as always...;-) come and see both beat-armadas do the hunka hunka and hully gully at BERLIN, DRESDEN or AALEN (near stuttgart)!!!! - and get yourself the poster....

Freitag, 29. Juli 2011


here the poster for the frantic weekend 2011. a frantic ape jumping over a "bombo"...
yep, there is some serious "jim flora" style in it - who cares? he is simply UGGA UGGA!!! ah, can't wait to play with the montesas in my "fatherland"... - and to see the excellos for the first time.

Mittwoch, 1. Juni 2011


...means "hands up!" in german - and is written on the turtleneckjersey of this weird robber - i dunno what he aims for and i don't wanna know - but he is drawn in three planes superimposed upon each other. just an experiment, but i like it and gonna draw more stuff in this style soon...

Dienstag, 31. Mai 2011

la GAZETTE du ROCK no.1

"la maison du rock" - a belgian club who organizes concerts and exhibitions - also brings out this fine magazin. they asked me to do the no. 1 issue front cover, and here it is... first i thought about illustrating a whole band - later i focused on only two musicians: a hillbilly pluckin the doghouse bass and beatnik with a drug overdose hammering the bongos.

Dienstag, 24. Mai 2011


everything worked out fine, more or less: the acrylic background on wood, the collage of the cutted paper parts, the color treatment with pencils of the charakter - and then i spoiled it all with the finish (you can see the brush strokes) buhuuuu...:-(

Montag, 23. Mai 2011


well, this is made with ink and transparent paper on cell. background is an ordinary acrylic painting. looks a bit like a vintage cartoon...

Donnerstag, 19. Mai 2011


yep, a poster with an ugly skinny rocker and some pretty little birds all around him - it took me hours to do the typos and still i'm not really happy with them. but what the heck...

Mittwoch, 11. Mai 2011

JIM CARLISLE and his MONTESAS rhythm boys

the ole lovesick blues boy JIM CARLSILE comes over from the UK to make 2 exclusive concerts in germany - and we got the honour to support him! the concerts will be on friday june 24th in our hometown KASSEL at the club "unten" and on sat. 25th of june in my former hometown FRANKFURT at the wildcat night in the orange peel club! and here's the poster i made....you can see mr. carlisle swingin his guitar while our shrunken heads hang like a trophy from his guitar's neck...AAARGH!
guest DJ is pascal perrault from paris!

Freitag, 1. April 2011

Cover for MADHOUSE JUMP fanzine

A free of any charge old school fanzine with just B/W copied pages stapled together and with tons of interesting and smooth to read reviews and the dates and venues of the hottest RnR/rockabilly/Beat/retro concerts to come - in whole europe! an amazing fanzine. get it at cool shops, record stores etc. all around europe. and yep, i made the cover...

friday the 13th...

...the MONTESAS will play at the CPCR in liege (belgium). here is the poster i made.

Freitag, 21. Januar 2011

ART STALL at the annual rockabilly meeting

our art stall at the greatest new years eve party - the LET'S GET WILD in stuttgart. lot of great folks there. go there and grab your MRACEL BONTEMPI original artwork!!!!

Donnerstag, 13. Januar 2011


well, the guys from "moshpit crew cassel" asked me to do it - and what the heck: why all these death metal posters always have to be so ugly? I'm the right man to fix it, folks...:-) a revolution is going on, daddy-oooo...