Upon looking at these posters created by Malleus – a trio of Italian artists devoted to rock music – one will no doubt be impressed by their amazing artwork but also by the fact that each every poster they produce are all handprinted, unique masterpieces.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with silkscreen printing, Malleus has created a short video that shows the work that goes into creating one of their posters:

As you’ll see in their video, the inks and colors are applied layer by layer to every poster they print and is a very meticulous, time consuming process. Also, everything is printed by hand allowing for small imperfections that make every poster unique!

Malleus, a three-person team, is composed of Lu, Urlo, and Poia and was formed in the early 2000′s. When asked to comment on their beginnings, Malleus states,

“Like many things, it took shape little by little, and then became our main activity. Since the beginning, music is the main fuel of our artistic vision.”

 

Malleus combines their love of music with their passion for art which is definitely reflected in their work. So far, Malleus has produced posters for some very notable rock bands including, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Mars Volta, Beck, Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Sex Pistols just to name a few. Malleus also has their own rock band called Ufomammut. They make their own posters, of course.

In a world of mass production and insta-everything, it’s refreshing to see such attention being put back into the art that people produce. Malleus could just as easily have composed their posters on a computer and printed thousands of copies, but printing their work by hand makes it that much more special.

They mention,

“With handmade silkscreens we can keep a certain balance between the idea of the single original piece of art and the chance of spreading the work to many people. With hand printing you can have a certain number of originals, each one slightly different.”

Being hand made, each poster becomes a valuable piece of art instead of being just a piece of paper that people might throw away. To an extent, their work is a comment on the nature of modern pop culture of being fast and disposable. Malleus instead, tries to “slow down and focus more… giving the music a durable and touchable shape.” Indeed, Malleus is a great example of applying old school methods to a new school mentality and we’re excited to see what Malleus comes up with next.

Below you’ll find some of Malleus Rock Art Lab’s beautiful work.

 

Mudhoney

 

Black-Keys_K

 

Black-Keys_paris

 

BlackKeys-Milano

 

Swans

 

bigbusiness

 

fantomas

 

GrandGuignol

 

Guapo

 

Iggy

 

JSBX

 

JSBX-torino

 

malleus4mei

 

 

malleus4motorpsycho

 

malleus4OM

 

malleus4sigurros

 

Mastodon

 

Neurosis_ufomammut

 

Oneida

 

Primus

 

QOTSA

 

Roadburn

 

Sleep

 

Sonic-Youth

 

inferno

 

Suspiria

 

The-bird-with-the

 

Tucker

 

Swans

 

Ufomammut_Eve

 

ufomammut_roadburn

 

Witch

 

Author:

Isaac is the Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Design Instruct. He has experience in various design and art related fields including design, illustration, and photography. He's in charge of making sure that Design Instruct publishes high quality content that professional designers and digital artists demand and expect. Get in touch via email and on Twitter as @designinstruct or @IAMTHEGUBE.