Mark Button is one of our 30×30 exhibition artists, and in this series of showcases we aim to show and tell you a little more about the artist, their work and why they chose the film they will be creating work for.

Over The Top (1987)

Film Synopsis

Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a struggling trucker who arm wrestles on the side to make extra cash while trying to rebuild his life. After the death of his wife, he tries to make amends with his son who he left behind 10 years earlier. Upon their first meeting, his son does not think too highly of him until he enters the World Arm Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas. His hope is to receive the grand prize of $100,000 and an expensive current custom semi-truck and thus start his own trucking company.

About the Artist

I’m predominantly a concept artist and illustrator. Poster artists of the 70s are my biggest influences but I’d like to think I can be versatile to a clients needs. Working digitally 100% of the time for my day job, I tend to take the time and draw traditionally for my poster work and then scan and colour digitally as it gives me more flexibility. My 2 loves in life are design and film so alternative fan posters are a great way to harness both of my obsessions.

Why did you choose this film?

Stallone. Trucks. Arm wrestling. Why wouldn’t I choose this film! The movie definitely falls into the 80s nostalgia, so-bad-its-good camp. Lots of clichés and a ballad pop/rock soundtrack make for a fun bit of viewing. There’s even a speech, that I must assume was written by Sly, that feels to me to foreshadow his now famed monologue from Rocky Balboa 20 years later. And who doesn’t like Rocky…

Any upcoming projects you want to tell us about?

Nothing major to write home about at the moment. I’m busy working on an animated web series for next year but in the meantime my most recent poster, inspired by Jaws can be found on the AMP firebox page entitled “The Head, The Tail, The Whole damn Thing”. I have intentions of doing a Psycho poster to match my Jaws and Blade Runner style posters at some point also and one other idea for a film that’s probably not even at cult status from 1993…

Be sure to check out all of Mark’s work, and we’ll be sure to share some teases of his Sly piece real soon.

Mark Button

Blade Runner print by Mark Button for sale here

Jaws print by Mark Button for sale here

Some W.I.P below