Inside the World of Mondo Poster Art

WHO ARE MONDO?

Tim League, in front of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, South Lamar

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain was founded in 1995 and opened its first cinema in Austin, Texas. The current CEO and Founder Tim League then opened a t-shirt printing business in 2004 and called it Mondo. As the Drafthouses became more popular, Mondo became involved in printing the various posters for events being shown. Soon, the posters became more popular than the t-shirts and that part of the business became irrelevant and Mondo grew into what it is today. In the words of Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Olsen, Mondo is a company that “specialises in limited edition screen-printed movie posters by contemporary artists.”

Mondo has a very loyal following, you call it a cult following with enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the latest releases. The release dates and official photographs are released through the company and various blogs, but no time frames are ever given, which helps to build a hype and hysteria among enthusiasts resulting in people around the world being glued to their computers, waiting for the link online to purchase. Mondos official Twitter account (@MondoNews) is manned by Mondo Creative Director and CEO, Justin Ishmaelby where the links are released. Once that link goes live the race begins: the eternally long 60-second sessions of pressing F5 and fumbling to add that print to the cart, then checkout before it’s too late. If you miss it you can be sure to pay exponentially more in the secondary market.

Now the Mondo team have moved into galleries and have recently opened their own gallery space, which means, even more, high-quality prints and original artwork from some of the best artists in the world. We have trawled through their impressive back-catalogue to compiled some of the most-wanted, most-beautiful and hardest-to-find Mondo prints produced so far.

My personal favourite artists who feature prominently are Ken Taylor, Laurent Durieux, Olly Moss, Rory Kurtz and Phantom City Creative. Do you have a favourite print design, a favourite artist or even a personal favourite print not listed here? Let us know in the comments.


POSTER ART AND DESIGN FROM THE WORLD OF MONDO

MAN OF STEEL By Ken Taylor. 36″x20″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 300. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. 

THE EVIL DEAD By Olly Moss. 16″x 24″ screen print. Signed and Numbered by the artist. Edition of 250.

GODZILLA By Phantom City Creative . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 275. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES By Jock . Screen print. Hand numbered.

DRIVE By Ken Taylor . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 445. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

THE IRON GIANT By Kevin Tong .

THE LION KING By Tom Whalen . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL By Dan McCarthy . 36″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 375. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

STAR WARS TRILOGY By Tyler Stout . Set of Three 24″ x 36″ screen prints. Hand numbered edition of 850. Printed by D&L Screenprinting.

STAR WARS TRILOGY By Olly Moss. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. Edition of 400.

BACK TO THE FUTURE By Phantom City Creative . 16″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 115. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO By Olly Moss. 20″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 170. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

HALLOWEEN By Phantom City Creative. 36″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 325. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE By Kevin Tong . 24″x36″ hand numbered screen print. Printed by D&L Screenprinting.

REAR WINDOW By Laurent Durieux . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 375. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS By Olly Moss. 15″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 580. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

TAXI DRIVER By Olly Moss.

JAWS By Laurent Durieux . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 525. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

ROBOCOP By Tom Whalen . 12″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 300. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK By Ken Taylor . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 350. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

Captain America The First Avenger By Rory KurtzCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER By Rory Kurtz . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 350. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

THE GRADUATE By Rory Kurtz . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 325. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

DRIVE By Rory Kurtz . 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 375. Printed by D&L Screen Printing.

 

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