Monkey Ink Design is a two-person studio run by Alicia Waters and Drew Binkley. Drew is the primary designer of Monkey Ink Design posters, album artwork and t-shirt designs and has done work for The Black Keys, The Civil Wars and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, to name a few. Just check out this killer step-by-step video of his process for a Black Keys poster.
SCOUT:Tell us a little bit about how Monkey Ink Design came to be?
DREW: About six years ago I started offering to design posters for local bands that my friends were in, including my own band, the Ascent of Everest. About four years ago, I met Chuck and Bingham of Grand Palace Silkscreen and started helping them out around the shop in exchange for silkscreening my poster designs. A year later, I quit my day job, joined Grand Palace Silkscreen printing shirts, posters, and album packing full-time while continuing to design under Monkey Ink Design on the side.
SCOUT: What’s a typical day like for you?
DREW: My days vary, as sometimes my entire day is dedicated to handling Grand Palace's work, which involves everything from e-mail correspondence with clients, ordering supplies, artwork prep, burning and cleaning screens, to actually printing the orders we get. Unless Grand Palace is caught up with print work or I am on a tight design deadline, I usually spend my evenings working on design jobs for Monkey Ink Design. In a nutshell, my days are very long and often bleed late into the night—but I’m not complaining!
SCOUT: What do you love most about your job?
DREW: Getting to produce/design art on a daily basis. I mean, I still have to do things that aren’t so fun (cleaning screens, answering e-mails, etc.) but at the end of the day, I am facilitating other people’s art and my own a little bit every day.
SCOUT: What do you love most about living/working in Nashville?
DREW: The great places to eat and the fact that, for the most part, people in this town would rather buy local than anywhere else. There is a sense of community support within this city that I have never experienced anywhere else.
SCOUT:Something random you’d like us to know about you?
DREW: I’m trying to get every gas station in Nashville to carry Dr. Enuf . It’s nectar of the Gods and is the best soda you’ve never had, and it’s made in Johnson City, TN to boot. So far, Your 4-Way Market on the corner of Fatherland and 14th in East Nashville has it and you need to try it.