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Design contest: Design a Poster for Kendrick Lamar

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I decided to draw my influence from old-fashioned movie posters, specifically the way they collage images important to the plot. I felt that this style would work well with Kendrick's debut album "good kid,m.A.A.d city" since it was formatted as a short film. I lifted the Polaroid frame from the original album art and used it on my poster to create a link between the two. At the bottom of the poster, you will find movie-esque information, including a rating and starring info. The purple color scheme I went with is a nod to royalty, which alludes to the "King Kendrick Lamar" persona he adopts in the song "Compton". The Dodge Caravan, frequently referenced by Kendrick in his music, is the same one his mother owned and played a central role within the album's story. Also, it was presented in all its glory on the cover of the deluxe edition. The cop lights were drawn from the song "good kid" where he referenced the police hassling him under the suspicion that he was gang affiliated. The 40 oz malt liquor bottle was drawn from the song "Swimming Pools" and the end skit of "m.A.A.d city" from he details his relationship with alcohol in his earlier years. The bottle is also adorned with references to the track (the "SP" on the bottle and the paraphrased lyric "Fill a swimming pool up with liquor then you dive in it" running up the sides). The 9mm represents both the gang life that he described in "m.A.A.d city" and the end skit of "Swimming Pools (Drank)". I scattered bullets along the top to represent the shots fired during that shoot out (I counted 8) and the one round, which is highlighted, that struck Kendrick's friend, Dave. I placed the rosary over the gun the represent that fact that through the violence, Kendrick and his friend found religion and, in turn, a new out look on life.
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    Ashton Briar Vaughn
    over 4 years ago

    Damn man. I don't think I can sell this to you. Kendrick and his people bought the rights of it.

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    eljimb0
    about 5 years ago

    I know this is old, but I have been looking around for a poster for awhile. Any way I can get a non watermarked image, or cop this somewhere?
    You can slap your signature on it somewhere, and I'll hang it up in a high traffic area. I just gotta have this shit, yo.

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    Ashton Briar Vaughn
    almost 6 years ago

    Thanks man!

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    Eli Also
    almost 6 years ago

    This is so awesome; I want to hang this on my wall. You deserve the win.

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    Ashton Briar Vaughn
    almost 6 years ago

    Thanks!

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    Alterprod
    almost 6 years ago

    Great Poster!!!