Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Write Up: Olly Moss' "The Dark Knight Rises" Movie Poster

Let's just get this out of the way. Olly Moss' The Dark Knight Rises print is a thing of beauty and elegance. His poster deserves to adorn every wall the world over and will probably end up somewhere on my "Top 20" list at year's end. In short: the artist did exactly what everyone expected him to do and came up with something that's both clever and stunning; something that perfectly captures the Caped Crusader's mysterious and dark nature. But enough about Olly's incredible artwork, its expert execution and cunning design were a given considering the artistic powerhouse behind it. What I really want to dig into is the way in which this poster will be released.

The Dark Knight Rises Movie Poster
Olly Moss
16" x 24" (Screen Print) - Numbered
$40 - Edition Size TBD

The Internet has been inundated with news of tomorrow's release and for good reason, it's shocking. For those few who either live under a rock or accidentally wandered onto this site after misspelling "monsterocalypse" in their browser's search bar, Mondo will be selling the above Dark Knight Rises print by Olly Moss to anyone who wants one for 24 hours. You read that right, a full day. To my knowledge, and I might be completely off base here, Mondo has never expressed any interest in a timed edition release because it dilutes the limited nature of their product / brand and contractually it can be difficult to green-light a run that epic when working with a studio. But here we are, about to purchase a poster for the Dark Knight Rises, one of the biggest films this year, by artist Olly Moss, one of the biggest poster artists in the world, and I've got to say, it feels good. Real good. I'm thinking this is probably a one-off that we won't see again for a long, long while, nor would I want it to become anything other than the occasional show of good faith from the poster gods up on high, but I'm hopeful that tomorrow's sale will prove to be a milestone in Mondo's trajectory and serve to convince Justin and company that a timed edition release is something that deserves to be experimented with again. Oh yeah, and I'm also really interested in seeing how long it takes before someone tries to put one up on eBay for a Buy It Now price of $200. I give it 15 minutes. What do you think?

Olly Moss' The Dark Knight Rises print will be available for purchase on Wednesday (7/18) starting at 12:01 AM CST and carrying into the following 24 hours. The poster will be sold through the Mondo storefront for $40 and measures 16" x 24". As part of this sale, one lucky person will also be getting a golden ticket that can be used to commission Olly for a poster of his or her choosing. I've personally always wanted an Olly Moss Gigli poster. Shit, was that out loud?! To learn more about Mr. Moss head over to ollymoss.com. And good luck, oh wait, never mind! Take 'er easy! Bam! Pow! Biff!


  1. This is a really good thing. A really really good thing. I think it would be great to see more of this a couple times a year. Even my parents were able to PB for me so I could give one to my nephew! The D&L crew is going to be busy!

  2. What a dick! $169. Sad. So very sad.

  3. I should have scrolled further down. $350!

    Who spends this amount of money on these type of collector items without doing their homework!?

    1. I'm speechless (but sadly not flabbergasted by this complete lack of common sense).

    2. Well, make sure the really high priced ones are not for the variant. Agree, fantastic idea, love love love the print. Really happy its Moss too because I don't have anything by him. And I love the smaller size, I don't know about anyone else, but custom framing is getting expensive and I am running out of wall space too.

    3. Custom framing can be REALLY expensive! I had a 24" x 36" Tyler Stout professionally framed and it cost me about $500. Eek.


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