Since Black Iris Brewery first launched in 2011, their tasty beers have been complimented by consistently great pump clip design. Those visuals are by graffiti, tattoo and comic-book enthusiast Kev Grey. Here he talks us through some of his favourite pieces. . .
Mogs is a saxophone playing, eye-patch wearing local legend in Nottingham. This portrait was based on a photo of him in a recording studio and the profits from the drink were used to help towards his medical bills.
If you know who Henry Rollins is then you may be interested to know I based the sun in this design on the large tattoo he has across his back. I listened to the album Loose Nut by Black Flag non-stop for inspiration while drawing this.
Personally this is one of my favourite. Sometimes a design seems to come together almost effortlessly and this is a perfect example of that. I just like the way the boat, sea, lightning bolts and fonts all look together.
Slayer have a song called Reign in Blood that include the lyrics "Raining blood from a lacerated sky." I listened to
Slayer non-stop all day while drawing this keg badge.
If you have ever seen any of my own artwork outside of Black Iris then you will know I draw a lot of eyeballs so this beer was a perfect excuse to draw a cool eyeball as part of a solid design.
This was the first ever design I made for Black Iris and it set the standard for what all the other pump clips had to look like. Personally I think it would be almost impossible to go wrong with a design that features a snake and eyeballs.
The drink is called Morning Glory and features a picture of a big cock poking out of a coffee mug. Do I need to say more?!
Slayer have a song called Reign in Blood that include the lyrics "Raining blood from a lacerated sky." I listened to Slayer non-stop all day while drawing this keg badge.
I've never followed football but I was told that Herbert Kilpin was a football player born in Nottingham who went on to form AC Milan. This drink was created for The Herbert Kilpin pub in Nottingham city centre.