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Designer hits top note

PUBLISHED: 17:11 22 September 2010

Ian Caulkett

Ian Caulkett

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A young illustrator has been chosen to design artwork for his favourite rock band.

One of the poster designs

Ian Caulkett, 26, from Sundridge Park, had three designs selected to be turned into merchandise for the band The Charlatans for their upcoming tour.

He topped a competition entered by hundreds of designers, the top three of whom were pit against each other on the social networking site facebook before Mr Caulkett won by some 105 votes.

The designer said: “The Charlatans are a band that I have followed since I was a kid and they have been a massive inspiration to all of my work.

“I had these pictures in the back of my mind so when I saw the competition I just had to enter it.”

The three prints all contain lyrics by the band and will now be printed on posters sold at gigs and on an online store and Mr Caulkett has received copies signed by the musicians themselves.

The designer added: “Maybe I managed to capture the essence of what the Charlatans are.”

Mr Caulkett went to Norwich Art College. When he graduated four years ago he moved to Bromley and together with his classmates Mark Whittle and James Nicholls, Mr Caulkett has formed the Tiptoe Collective, based in Bourne Road, Bromley, a design group that has travelled around the world creating artwork and who specialise in large-scale modern murals.

The Charlatans are a five-piece Indie group from the West Midlands who have enjoyed massive success known for their ’90s hits like The Only One I Know and Indian Rope.

Mr Caulkett says that he may one day follow up on his success by designing an a cover for the band’s next album.

He said: “That was always my dream to design an album cover for The Charlatans. But they have just released a new album, so it might not be for a while.”

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