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Meet Elliott Lane, Moonsick Illustrator

Friday 14 March 2014
Words Spindle

Meet the Welsh valley boy whose pop-up Moonsick exhibition will give you a serious case of tattoo envy.

Educated at the LCC, illustrator Elliott Lane always knew his Mid Wales hometown couldn’t contain him for long. Since moving to London he has been doodling from dusk til dawn and has been busy building his Moonsick illustration brand.

As the art director for the band Crows and with his work being featured in i-D and Vice, all the right people are taking a shine for this bright, young talent.

”Tattoos are the biggest influence in my drawing style,” he says. This influence is clear to see – his designs are simple yet bold and wouldn’t look out of place on the bicep of a Hoxton hipster. Hand screen printing using a press in his garage, Elliott fully embodies the spirit of the DIY art culture in East London right now. “I’m such a technophobe, I can’t get my head around scanners and computers so I’ve got to do it all by hand. It’s a time consuming ball-ache of a process but I love it,” he laughs.


Now he is focused on an exhibition to be held at The Macbeth in Hoxton, as part of the Label Mates Festival and hosted by Bad Vibrations. Here the public can part with some hard earned moolah on limited edition prints or on some quirky tea towels whilst dancing the night away to live music from bands such as Crows and Sauna Youth. “Each screen print is in a run of only 15 and costs no more than £20,” he says, “I’ve scribbled down everything from camels in a moonlit sky to a dark and wonderful Wanda Jackson.”


What’s not to love?

The Moonsick exhibition, held as part of the Label Mates Festival and hosted by Bad Vibrations, is open to the public on 19th – 22nd March at The Macbeth in Hoxton. Entrance is free.

Works cost in the region between £10-20. There will also be live music from psychedelia bands such as Crows, Sauna Youth and Bare Pale.

To see more from Elliott, be sure to check out his website: Elliotttees.tumblr.com