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2013: Best Flyers

From the sublime to the profane, here's a roundup of the best event flyers in Shanghai for the year. Beware: mad science ahead.
Last updated: 2015-11-09


Hey, hey, hey! Welcome back, everybody, to the year's second favorite flyer round up: the Besties. As is our beloved yearly tradition, herein you shall find a roundup of flyers that were deemed scientifically the best of the lot to appear on SmartShanghai for the two-oh-one-three, possibly determined according to a similar rubric that enabled China to drop a lunar lander on the moon, just a few days ago. So, as is our wont, herein we celebrate the unsung graphic designer / promoter-types who worked so hard, trying to separate you from your hard-earned rembo for the year. On the list, we find some new faces, some fresh faces, and a lot of old faces. Yes, a lot of old, old, old, haggard, depressing, just-should-be-taken-out-behind-the-barn-and-shot faces.

Happy holidays, Shanghai! How's it going down there? Sucky or what?

Come on back in a few days time after we've sufficiently feted the birth of Jay Christ, and we'll round up the most diabolical, heinous pieces of shit on our WORST flyers list. Yes indeed. Heads will roll.

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Speaking of tired old faces, here's something from the beat-addled mind of hitherto Shanghai-based producer-DJ-promoter Hamacide. I guess he used to do these White Noise parties at The Shelter before he fucked off to who-knows-where. I like this one. Kind of communicates that an evening in a dance club ideally should be a suffocating and frustrating experience. Very true.

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Here's another White Noise one. It's got a big tick on it or some shit. Feel like having a dance?

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Might as well get these out of the way. Here's something from space druid, Kim Laughton. Kim is a video artist and designer of considerable merit and acclaim, and he also manufactures dashikis for people who are living in a permanent acid trip apocalypse. I guess they retail for about 95 bucks. Pretty sweet.

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Another one from Kim. What we've got here is some plastic people in a red forest thing. I guess this is from the trip the Sub-Culture kids took to Japan, spreading the good word on that island to the east. Shanghai is worldwide these days. Good stuff.

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It was a big year for gifs wasn't it? That's like the new thing on the internet. Gifs. Not too sure if "Astronomy of the Senses" makes a lick of sense but it sure sounds neat and it's a pretty trippy visual on this thing all the same.

Is Astrofuck still around? They should come up to Beijing.

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Hot parties. Big fun. Here's one from Double Happiness who purportedly play "art punk boogie sex jamz house disco avant-dance". Jesus, that's intense. No wonder buddy's head is exploding.

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From the ever-vigilant Twin Horizon design studio collective comes this illustration. I've been trying to keep tabs on what they've been up to over the last little while and, hey, you can too right here. Looks like they're expanding their t-shirt line and stuff. Right on. Consume them in tumblr format right here.

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Another one from Ivan of Twin Horizon. Think he had a thing about drawing lots and lots of hair on his flyers this year. Good for him for managing to fit 800 band names on a single flyer.

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Good band. Good looking design.

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Hey lady, you've got some snakes coming out of your face.

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Here's your yearly entry for best shit punk rock photocopied cut-and-paste design, coming to you from City Weekend band of the millennium, Round Eye. As far as these things go this is just a really good one. Almost makes up for singer Chachi stealing this humble flyer critic's hair and glasses. Hey, get your own schtick, dude. Stop Skeet Ulrich-ing my Johnny Depp.

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Seems like a less busy year for Idle Beats this year than in year's previous. Maybe they were looking elsewhere than Shanghai. Maybe I'm wrong. Nonetheless, I'm happy to see a little more of the back story of Flame Head from Space Guy. This is him just chilling in his apartment, probably watching 2 Broke Girls.

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So true.

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Here's one from Shanghai's Number One Bummer Crew, Stockholm Syndrome.

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And another one from Stockholm Syndrome. Pretty nice. What's going on here? Just some dark shit, man.

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Man, no way in hell would I ever go to this but it's a nice drawing all the same. Beer bong competition --sounds like everyone loses with that sort of thing.

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Of course, here's the yearly Halloween movie flyer. These are always really well done. Kind of an EC Comics sort of thing.

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Mattia, you magnificent bastard! Mattia thought he could avoid the innevitable this year and didn't even submit his yearly crime against photoshop through the SmartShanghai event submission channels. But, hey, you wanna know what? Of course Captain Ahab will nab his white whale if they're fucking Facebook friends! Always, my friend. Yeah, I just sifted through about 9,000 redonk Pervert Party pictures he's tagged in to tease out this fantastic little number right here. Check it out: it's Captain Mattia of the U.S.S. Dude, Aren't You Way, Way Too Old For This.

But, hey, fuck it, buddy, we're slotting you on the "Best of" list this year, for all the wonderful things you've done for Shanghai. Never stop shooting for the stars. ENGAGE.

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Happy holidays to one and all. Come on back after J.C.'s b-day and we'll heap some scorn! I got a lot of problems with you people!

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