teenGrowing up outside of Philadelphia, Tom Shaw has been a huge fan of live music since an early age. After graduating high school, he relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina to study Marketing at UNCW. While in school, he formed a band. It soon became apparent that somebody needed to start designing their gig posters, so he took it upon himself to learn graphic design by way of an outdated version of Photoshop.
After learning the ropes of design and music advertising, Shaw took an internship with a local radio station, 98.3 The Penguin, where he would develop promotional flyers for the bands the radio station was bringing through town; most notably, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, JJ Grey and Mofro, Warren Haynes, and many others.
Fast forward seven years; after determining that a career as a touring musician was no longer in the cards, Shaw removed himself from the musical projects he was playing with and focused his energy on the art of screen printing.
In just the first eighteen months of learning the discipline, he has designed and screen printed official merchandise posters for bands such as Umphrey’s McGee, Jason Isbell, Dawes, Shovels and Rope, Greensky Bluegrass, Big Something, and several music festivals, including Camp Barefoot and VA Beach Funk Out.
He has carved a niche for himself in the local Wilmington concert scene as well, making a habit of bringing black and white line-art prints with a box of crayons to keep the children at these concerts occupied while their parents enjoy the show.
All of T. Shaw’s posters are created, designed, and printed in-house by Tom himself. The prints are hand-pulled, which gives each poster it’s own unique touch.