The inspiration behind the Burlesque of North America button? “I love burgers and I love lady legs,” says Mike Davis, Principle and Creative Director. You gotta admire a man that knows what he likes!
What connection do you see between print making and buttons?
I love the idea that buttons can function as miniature posters or t-shirts, tiny little vehicles for sharing tiny little messages or images. Similar to postage stamps, it’s a great challenge to condense a visual idea down to one single circular square inch… a nice change from the giant 18 x 24″ world us poster designers have grown accustomed to.
Any cool projects in the works right now?
Yes! I’m working on a t-shirt for rapper Danny Brown, an art print based on the classic butcher chart, some illustrations to be cut out of wood on my friend’s CNC router, and a concert poster I’m not allowed to discuss until the day of the show!
What’s your favorite Button-O-Matic location?
Being a non-Chicagoan, I’ll just list some locations where I think they should be… Village Pizza, the Married… With Children fountain, the 50 yard line at Soldier Field, and under the big Marilyn Monroe sculpture. What’s up with that thing anyway? Is she from Chicago? Can’t I just Google that? [Editor's note: Sorry, Mike, the Marilyn Monroe sculpture is no longer in Chicago, but we'll be sure the contact the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce.]
What button are you wearing right now?
I have this one on my bag, designed by my wife.
Join us for the official debut of the 10th Anniversary edition of the Button-O-Matic on Friday, September 7, 6-9pm. No burgers, but we’ll have fries. Hope to see you there!