Poster printing

Printing Artists’ ‘Concert Posters’ Are a Major Act in Connecticut

“It amazes me every day that I can make it my profession,” said AJ Masthay.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Artist AJ Masthay has a unique beat that has found a groove in the music world. Masthay, a University of Hartford alumnus, is one of the nation’s premier concert poster designers.

Masthay works out of a 4,600 foot space on Park Road in West Hartford and does concert posters for all sorts of world famous bands.

“Nowadays there’s a commemorative poster for almost every show that’s out there and that’s what I specialize in,” Masthay said.

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From the Grateful Dead and Dead and Company to Black Sabbath and the Foo Fighters, Masthay has over the past decade cared for a business that began in his basement.

“It’s old school,” Masthay said, “I started this whole thing throwing pulls in (concert) parking lots, and that’s how I built an audience.”

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Some of the posters are created on a half-century-old press that Masthay found in the Waterbury Republican newspaper.

“It’s laborious but the results are magnificent,” he said.

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Masthay says business continues to stay busy now that more in-person concerts are taking place.

“It’s very humbling and it amazes me every day that I make it my profession,” he added.

To learn more about Masthay Studios and see artwork, click here.

Masthay will hold an “Open Studio” where the public can see the works up close on November 5, 2022.

Jimmy Altman is a reporter for FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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