If you are a fan of Mondo which, if I am not mistaken, everyone is, then you would have certainly seen the work of Tyler Stout.
Tyler Stout, was born in Washington State, USA, in 1977. He spent two years at Clark Community College in Vancouver, then completed a New Media bachelors degree at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Staying in Bellingham, around 2001, Stout began illustrating flyers and posters for bands and shows in the area, along with the Seattle and Portland area. Some of the more well-known bands included Mars Volta, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Shins. He got his first professional big break when he was asked to contribute illustrations for a poster advertising a Tenacious D show at Higher Ground in Winooski, Vermont. In 2005, he moved back to Washington.
Rob Jones, a poster illustrator himself, had seen Stout’s gig posters and asked him if Stout would like to contribute to The Quentin Tarantino Film Fest. The event was being hosted at the Alamo Drafthouse and marked the start of an ongoing relationship between Stout and Alamo. What formed from Alamo Drafthouse’s regular collaboration with Stout, among other artists including Olly Moss and Martin Ansin, was a spin-off company and everyone’s favourite collectible art boutique, Mondo.
Stout’s realistic style and attention to detail solidified his popularity, and such, his demand grew. In addition to the frequent assignments from Mondo, he also continued illustrating gig posters and albums. Notably for Flight of the Conchords, The Decemberists, Phish, The Black Key, and Pearl Jam.
In the past, Stout has named Mobius, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, and Mike Mignola as some of his biggest influences. He has also noted earlier inspiration from Disney cartoons Rescue Rangers, TailSpin, and DuckTales as well as comics strips Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, and The Far Side. You can read all about that along with other insights in his interviews with Ain’t it Cool, Vectips, TRPS and Claudio Parentela.