Best Concert Poster Artist Houston 2013 - Carlos Hernandez
It's nearly impossible to mistake a Carlos Hernandez concert poster for anyone else's. The Lubbock native and master of serigraphy (or screen printing) draws heavily on his Mexican-American heritage in his bold three-color designs, which are flush with skulls, devils, wolves, guns and luchadores, with the stray pistol-packing cowgirl thrown in for good measure. A founding partner of Heights-based print shop Burning Bones Press, Hernandez has designed posters for most of Houston's top venues — most often the Continental Club, House of Blues and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Hernandez has also featured several iterations of his "Day of the Dead Rock Stars" portrait series at Cactus Music's Record Ranch annex. His work has increasingly brought him out-of-town attention and commissions from farther afield, such as a commemorative poster for the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival, but he'll probably be here for a while: In spring 2013, Hernandez became Rice University's brand-new serigraphy instructor.