Local Artist Creates Rock Valentine Cards
Jon Burns is awesome.
He's the singer of a fantastic band (play when there isn't a global pandemic) called Short Horn. He was the lead singer in my favorite QC band, Meth & Goats.
And he's a great artist. He recently was a part of Moline Centre's: Moline Cityscape by #artofjonburns. An illustration project that highlights some of the iconic buildings of downtown Moline.
He recently drew a great Valentine's Day style portrait of Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead with the caption "Lemmy Be Yours". And Prince saying "I Would Die 4 You". He also added Pat Benatar & Meatloaf that I've posted below.
Then of course he uploaded the full page with instructions on how to print them yourself and create your own Valentine Card...which I'll be giving to my wife on Sunday. She's a huge Prince fan.
I asked him how he came up with the idea for rock & roll valentines:
"I've always been drawn to the pop art aesthetic and quality of the tangible Valentine's Day cards of the 80's and 90's that kids in classrooms would handout to one another. Many of them featuring a wide range of figures from cartoons characters, sports stars, and even rock stars. I think the bright pop art pastel color aesthetic of those Valentine's Day cards would work well with my own style."
What has been the response so far?
"People seem to be enjoying them. With everything going on in the world I've been really concentrating on putting some love and positivity in to the world through art and music. I don't have a sweetie of my own to make Valentine's for. So I figured I'd just share them with everyone. I've been posting easy to print color and black & white versions for anyone who wants to print one for free and give it to someone special."
Prints and artwork available soon at both Ragged Records locations. Rock Island is open now and they're looking at June for reopening the Davenport locale. They're moving this year's Record Store Day from April to June. So it should work out perfect. Stay tuned for more info!