Michael Thompson aka Freestyle studied graphic design at the Jamaica School of Art in Kingston, Jamaica, now the renowned Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. In the early 1980s, he landed an apprenticeship in Kingston, and started to experiment with simple, silhouetted design concepts suitable or screen printing and print poster art. Thompson has been living in the United States since 1990 and worked as a freelance graphic designer and consultant. He has been described as a “creative activist” in a recent interview in Arc The Magazine, due to the subject matter his work expresses; from reggae music, police brutality, homophobia in Jamaica, the Arab Spring and persecution of fellow artists such as Ai Wei Wei. He launched the First International Reggae Poster Contest in order to celebrate the pioneers, musicians, artists and institutions that made Reggae music possible. How did you get started as a graphic designer?
I studied Graphic Design at the Jamaica School of Art which I attended after graduating Calabar High School. After graduating art school I landed a couple of jobs at local advertising agencies in Kingston, Jamaica. One of those agencies was Paisley Kelly Kenyon & Eckhart Advertising. I was a designer at the time working on major advertising campaigns. Years later, I joined a public relation firm, Mike Jarrett Communications, as an Art Director. This is the last place I worked before migrating to the United States in 1990.
Sly Dunbar best known as one-half of the prolific Jamaican rhythm section and reggae production duo Sly and Robbie. Sign my Poster at the Rototom Reggae University. Benicassim - Spain. We will auction the posters and give the proceeds to Alpha Boys School in Kingston, Jamaica.
Celebrating the great sound system man Jah Shaka. Shaka has been operating a South East London-based, roots reggae Jamaican sound system since the early 1970s. He was instrumental is...
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