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Artist Geoff McFetridge tells the story of creating 5 Beastie Boys posters on iPad Pro

Beastie Boys Story Poster Artwork
Beastie Boys Story Poster Artwork (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • Artist Geoff McFetridge created five posters to tell the story of Beastie Boys.
  • All five were created using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
  • This video explains the thinking behind each poster and how the tools made them possible.

Apple TV+ is host to a Spike Jonze live documentary all about Beastie Boys and part of the promotion for that included the creation of five pretty awesome posters. Artist Geoff McFetridge, who worked with the group, was tasked with creating them and, of course, he used an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to do it.

In a video posted to the Apple TV YouTube channel, we're shown all five posters while McFetridge explains his thought process surrounding their creation. It's a fascinating look into the mind of an artist and it drives home the point that these things are more than just great posters to look at – they all tell a story, too.

Today marks 22 years since Hello Nasty dropped and Beastie Boys went intergalactic. This era of the band was one of five captured in this poster series by Geoff McFetridge, made entirely on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Learn about his connection with Ad-Rock, Mike D, MCA, and Spike Jonze – and what Beastie Boys mean to him, visual art, and music culture.

Beastie Boys fans can take in the Bestie Boys Story live documentary on Apple TV+ right now.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.