Jay Ryan

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Illustration in glow in the dark of a creature with its mouth open holding a mug on a black background

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Jay Ryan is an artist and musician known for his posters and album covers. He began screenprinting in 1995, working under Steve Walters at Screwball Press. In 1999, he opened his own print shop, The Bird Machine, where he began creating posters for his friends’ bands, and now creates posters for rock bands, concerts, and special events. He is known as a prolific poster artist having created pieces for bands such the Flaming Lips, Fugazi, Shellac, the Melvins, and hundreds more. Ryan’s work is known for his use of muted colors, his concerned animals, and his particular hand drawn technique. 

This button is part of the 2008 “Glow” Button-O-Matic series (the buttons glow in the dark) produced by Busy Beaver Button Company. The Button-O-Matic is a gumball style vending machine that dispenses limited edition art buttons.


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Walker, C. (2010, January 6). On artist and screen printer Jay Ryan. Retrieved from https://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2009/Screen-Gem-Ar….

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