Rock stars and posters


KNOXVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT) -- His creations took only a matter of hours but for Jason Helton it's a Passion that runs deep.

WILLIAMS"Old crow Medicine Show, OK"

HELTON:"They're probably one of my favorite clients"

Rock posters have come a long way in the last few decades from the old black light posters of Elvis and dogs playing cards.

Justin Helton knew what he wanted to do with his life since he was a kid.;
"I remember 8 or 9 years old and drawing pictures of the Simpsons you know", said Helton.

Helton owns Status Serigraph, another word for screen print art.

At Farragut High School Helton admits doodling was more interesting than math.

He's always on his computer in his West Jackson Avenue office in downtown Knoxville designing the next limited edition poster for the top artists in the business.

WILLIAMS: "Obviously Wide Spread Panic is a known name, this is for their current tour, how long did it take you to do this?.

HELTON: "Honestly, I kind of work on something then walk away from it then work, then work on it again, this probably took about
5 or 6 hours of work."

WILLIAMS: "Is that all?"

HELTON:"Yea".

Helton gets most of his sales from online but the concerts offer an even greater opportunity.

"I do the work for bands and these bands are big enough if they sell this poster in a show, then they'll put it up on their Facebook, and every poster that goes out has my studio name on it.
If thats 500 posters in a show, thats basically 500 business cards that's walked out of the concert", Helton said.

The A&E television network also asked him to create a poster for Duck Dynasty.

A far cry from those black light posters of the 60's and 70's and one that hopes to keep this doodler quite busy for years to come.

Driving in your neighborhood I'm the Tennessee Traveler.


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