- Red Run Art Series (No Blackout Dates) is a mixed-media series by artist Damon Kardon created to celebrate the travelling circus that is the music tour. He has various bands and solo artists whose music and words have influenced him and his art over the years. He set out to encapsulate in these works everything that a band or artist puts forth with a new album and accompanying tour. What better way to convey the creativity and excitement of travel than in a postage stamp representing this new voyage?
“Red Run” is a postage term describing an assignment to handle registered mail and “Blackout Dates” a travel term meaning no time off from travel. These terms represent to Damon, a clear vision each band or artist delivers in their new album and then expresses 24/7 in their subsequent tour. Each piece he creates starts with a painted portrait of the band or artist. He then incorporates colors and elements of their new album into the background. Next, he takes that image of the finished painting and digitally alters and adds text through Photoshop.
The text seen on each postage stamp design incorporates new song and album titles as well as the names and dates of the tour. Each completed stamp design is a mixed-media collage representing the artist/band and their music. You shall see a new finished piece featured every week for the entire run of the series. Through their boundless creativity and determination, these artists/bands have put their musical stamp on the world.
- Be sure to enhance your reading experience by streaming Iron Maiden’s most recent LP, The Book of Souls: Live Chapter, released on November 17th, 2017, via Warner Music & BMG.
About the Painting:
- I have to admit, I was nervous when working on the portrait for this band. Iron Maiden is such an iconic British metal band with a huge international fan base. I really didn’t want to screw this up. I was definitely intimidated since I have been a fan through the years of the artwork that has been created for their albums.
“Eddie” is such an iconic mascot that has been depicted in their artwork for decades in amazing illustrations. I wanted to incorporate various forms of Eddie over the years into this one painting with the band. I decided to make it as though Eddie was causing this massive “end of times” disaster (like a meteor slamming into the earth) behind the portrait of the band.
I am so excited for this upcoming North American leg of the “Legacy of the Beast” tour and I really hope I get to see them. Their live shows are amazing and they truly deserve to be one of the most successful metal bands of the 20th and 21st century.
Package #20: “Legacy of the Beast”:
- Check out Damon’s creative process by scrolling through the photos below.
07/18 – Sunrise, FL– BB&T Center
07/20 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
07/22 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/24 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/26 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
07/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
07/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
08/01 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
08/03 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
08/05 – Montreal, QC, Canada – Bell Centre
08/07 – Quebec, QC, Canada – Videotron Centre
08/09 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Budweiser Stage
08/10 - Toronto, ON, Canada – Budweiser Stage
08/13 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
08/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
08/19 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
08/22 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/24 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
08/26 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
08/28 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada– Bell MTS Place
08/30 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Rogers Place
08/31 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Scotiabank Saddledome
09/03- Vancouver, BC, Canada – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09/05 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
09/06 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/09 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
09/10 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
09/13 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
09/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Bank of California Stadium
09/17 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
09/19 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
09/21 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
09/22 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/25 –San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
09/27 – Mexico City, Mexico – Sports Palace
09/29 – Mexico City, Mexico – Sports Palace
09/30 – Mexico City, Mexico - Sports Palace
10/04 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock in Rio
10/12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina – Velez Sarsfield Stadium
10/14 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
10/15 – Santiago, Chile – Estadio Nacional
Iron Maiden’s cover artwork for The Book of Souls: Live Chapter: