Illustrator and graphic designer Billy Perkins is a longtime native of Austin, Texas. His studio and its tagline "Good Ideas Thru Bad Living" were established in 1992, shortly after graduating with a BFA in Commercial Art from Texas State University. Billy is the vocalist of Honeycreepers and Butcherwhite, and a love of rock poster art soon made designing for the music industry the primary focus. Perkins has since become internationally known as an award-winning rock poster artist for his work with Alice in Chains, David Bowie, ZZ Top and many more. His posters have been featured in several books. He has also designed CD packages for bands including The Arcangels and Cheap Trick.
His style is heavily influenced by Marvel comic book art tempered with a serious study in commercial art at Southwest Texas State. The resulting body of work is startling in it's depth and breadth. A self-taught illustrator, Perkins learned to draw as a child by studying comic-book art, album covers, and psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s.
Since opening his studio, Billy has designed posters and CD packages for numerous bands, including Van Halen, Cheech & Chong, Cheap Trick, Arcangels, Alice in Chains, The Black Crowes, The Kills, Patti Smith, and Slayer. Perkins's work has appeared in several books and publications, including Art of Modern Rock, Swag 2, Gigposters: Rock Art of the 21st Century, and Classic Rock Magazine. He has received the Austin Chronicle's "Best Concert Poster" award four times.