You've probably never seen Clint Reno, but you've likely seen his art promoting the coolest concerts that come through town. He's created posters for The Decemberists, The Swell Season, Over the Rhine and many others. He spoke about rock, art and more from his Downtown studio last week.

You've probably never seen Clint Reno, but you've likely seen his art promoting the coolest concerts that come through town. He's created posters for The Decemberists, The Swell Season, Over the Rhine and many others. He spoke about rock, art and more from his Downtown studio last week.

Name: Clint Reno

Age: 35

Day job: Poster artist

Neighborhood: Harrison West

Hometown: Xenia

Website: galaxyreno.com

When I started, I did more bands that I knew less, because I wanted to get as much work out there as I could. I'm starting now to be able to pick and choose. Generally, I try not to do bands that I don't know at all. If I'm not a fan of them, I probably won't do it.

Most of my commissions come from promoters and publishers, but sometimes there will be a case where a poster will grab someone's attention. I did a print for My Morning Jacket at House of Blues in Cleveland, and they liked it so much that they ended up using it as a special-edition T-shirt for their New Year's Eve shows at the Fillmore.

A general rule of the gig-poster world is that the band should receive 20 percent of the production run, so I send along whatever poster I do. I kind of geek out that, you know, Coldplay was sitting there with my poster. Whether they liked it or not, I have no idea.

I wish I could play music, but I'm kind of glad that I don't. I let other people do that.

The first concert I ever went to was Neil Diamond. This was kind of on the downward slope of his heyday. This was in the '70s. He got up on the piano and sang "Forever in Blue Jeans." I've seen Neil Diamond with my mom probably three or four times after that.

One time I called into a radio station to answer a Neil Diamond trivia question.

Growing up, I was drawing G.I. Joe, Star Wars and Grizzly Adams.

Grizzly Adams actually visited me in the hospital. I was three years old, and I had spinal meningitis. In retrospect, as I think about it, the fact that a TV star who was huge at that time came to visit me was not good. It sounds like, "Let's give this kid his last wish."

A goal of mine is to be ubiquitous. But at the same time, I don't want people to be like, "I'm so sick of this dude." It's a fine line to keep going down.

The only time I hang my own stuff is if it's personalized. For the Swell Season show here at the Palace, I worked with the tour manager, and she took [my poster] back and had it signed. I think it says, "This is beautiful, Clinton. Thank you."

These odd little things are the payoff in a way. I grew up an only child, so I kind of like the attention. Then, at the same time, I never had any older brothers or siblings to, you know, poke fun or wear me down to give me a thick skin.

My mom didn't know this when she named me, but Clint Reno was the name of Elvis Presley's character in his very first movie, Love Me Tender. When I found that out, I read stories about how he would check into hotels under that alias.