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Davide Bonazzi & The Day Trippers

That sounds like a band I'd gladly overpay to see on a worldwide Reunion Tour. But instead of blasting off to some psychadelic rock music, start settling in for a quiet ride. Davide Bonazzi is the incredibly talented freelance illustrator behind the calming Day Trippers series. He calls Bologna (Italy) home and at 30 years old, his short list of clients already includes the Wall Street Journal, Paramount Pictures, Greenpeace and Fortune Mag among a long list of others. Having done a ton of work with several of the world's largest publications (full client list on his site), the Creative Quarterly Journal recognized Davide as one of the 25 top illustrators worldwide in 2013.

This 13-scene journey follows the rather tranquil day trip of an elderly couple through New York City.

Ben: What inspired the Day Trippers series?

Davide: First of all, I've been inspired by a trip to New York City I had last year. Also, I've always been fascinated by elderly people as subject of stories. Their slow, quiet way of living is all the opposite of the frenetic life most people live. By contrast, I tried to emphasize this quietness by setting the story in a big chaotic and crowded city, which could be NYC or another megalopolis. I wanted to illustrate the reactions of an elderly couple from a small town visiting the largest city of the country [America].

Davide Bonazzi & The Day Trippers

Arrival (#01)

Do you think they enjoy the silence?

I think an elderly couple could communicate without saying a word since both know each other very well. So, they are in silence just because they don't need to talk too much. Their silence is maybe part of a mute conversation, or more simply they want to stay relaxed with their own thinking, and they don't feel embarrassed for that.

Does the couple remind you of anyone specifically?

This couple reminds me of all the elderly couples of travelers I have seen in my life - including my grandparents. My grandpa especially. He still has a great ability of surprising himself by visiting new places even though he's nearly 90 years old. I wish I could reach his age with the same enthusiasm for life. 

Davide Bonazzi & The Day Trippers

Lost (#02)

These pieces are a year old or so. Why post them for sale now?

Many people asked me about these prints but recently, work made me so busy I couldn't find the time to do a print and send it by mail to the client in a short time. I heard about Society6 from some colleagues of mine and I thought this could be a good way to sell my prints and save time. Also, the possibility of having t-shirts and other stuff from these images really interested me. At the moment I'm speaking, Society6 is the only place where these prints are available.

You do a lot of illustrations for major publications - often based on a strong social commentary. Are you on a mission with your work?

My work is just a drop in the ocean. It's undeniable I feel very stimulated when I have the chance to do an illustration about a strong social issue, and I really do my best to measure up to the importance of the story. This is just part of being a good professional. If I had a purpose, this is stimulating reflections and doubts in people - making them ask questions of themselves rather than having answers. And putting a smile on someone's face if possible.

 

Davide Bonazzi & The Day Trippers

Waiting (#03)

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Posing (#04)

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Rest (#05)

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Downpour (#06)

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Taxi (#07)

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Promenade (#08)

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Aquarium (#09)

Davide Bonazzi & The Day Trippers

On the Beach (#10)

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Diner (#11)

Davide Bonazzi & The Day Trippers

By Night (#12)

Davide Bonazzi & The Day Trippers

Back Home (#13)

 

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Jamie Marie Lyon commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:12am
Lovely!
Shawna Fitzsimmons commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:13am
Wow, I love them all. Waiting, Taxi, and Aquarium are my favs. Such fantastic work! Really great perception of lighting.
josemanuelerre commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:14am
great designs
Flaps commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:15am
Really fantastic. Love the simplicity and colours.
Debi Dalio commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:23am
Wonderful color scheme and minimalist art. What a great way to tell a story! I especially like Lost, Rest, Downpour, and Diner. I'm curious about why the man has two meals. I think there's a sub-story there.
Rabassa commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:26am
Beautiful stuff!
penina commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:34am
I love the story this tells. Beautiful work.
RokinRonda commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:37am
My Life!! lol fun, wonderful work!
Angelo Cerantola commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:18pm
Lavori eccellenti. Complimenti!
Artsy Craftery Design Studio commented on Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:54pm
I like the simplicity of the color blocks, and the generation and physical build of the couple. Funny that the lady has blue hair :) For some reason the images evoke quiet peacefulness, but also excitement. Ironic!
EwKaPhoto commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 12:01am
Great work!
M. Gulin commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 1:07am
Awesome stuff. Love this series.
NOT MY TYPE commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 3:30am
Absolutely amazing work! Love the simplicity that still conveys so much emotion.
AnnaF31 commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 3:41am
Amazing work! Bravissimo Davide :)
Swen Swensøn commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 4:11am
i love it. its a true story.
Magda Pintos commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 9:55am
Lovely and inspiring work.
BethofArt* commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 12:03pm
Amazing! Everyone of them!
Yasmina Baggili commented on Friday, February 13, 2015 2:48pm
Fantastic work. Love it all!!
TamSanSerif commented on Saturday, February 14, 2015 4:16am
Love it! It´s an amazing work :)
K I R A S E I L E R commented on Saturday, February 14, 2015 4:32pm
so cool !!
Alibabaform commented on Sunday, February 15, 2015 12:20pm
I think this is so sweet! Very very good.
Strawberringo commented on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:01am
So sweet, and I love the colors!!!
Alibabaform commented on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 4:28am
I agree, these are fantastic!
JNBNN commented on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5:21am
A great work, an ambiance really poetic
Lady Love commented on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:49pm
i almost cry! its nostalgic
Camilladoodles commented on Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:15am
sooo cute
Nighthawk Designs commented on Monday, February 23, 2015 6:52am
These are beautiful pieces!
RichCaspian commented on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 3:36am
this is very cute. I love it :)
Balans commented on Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:45pm
haute!
Miss gigi: Gizem commented on Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:33am
It's like little flashbacks of memories, really lovely work.
Toha Studio commented on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:21am
I can't take my eyes off of them. Brilliant work.
TheDigitalVisual commented on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:41am
Great Series

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