Bright Lights Big City

€89,00 €159,00


Ever seen the movie 'Bright Lights Big City' (1988) with legendary actor Michael J. Fox? It's about this disillusioned young writer living in New York City. Who turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife.

This illustration has nothing to do with drugs or drinking. Nor did I deliberately try to block out something. It's actually the opposite and it happens to me automatically.

But it struck me that the main character in the illustration, the guy in the middle with the helmet on, is like people on the streets in a big city. While travelling to and from work or home, with all the bright lights and distractions, they are all living (birds house) in their heads. Thinking but not feeling. Not really present. Blocking and protecting (the helmet) themselves from influences outside their person. With only a few sensors (the security cameras) active.

That concept had enough 'hooks' to come up with all sorts of funny and strange extra elements. 

The illustration is available in four color ways.


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• Blue, pink and white - limited run of 35
• Black and white - limited run of 25
• Brown, yellow, red and blue - limited run of 25
• Bleached - limited run of 15


• 426mm x 600mm
• 16.7" x 23.6"
• Hahnemühle Photorag (308 grs/m2) heavy luxury paper

Image size

• 372 x 445mm
• 14.6" x 17.5"


• Signed by Michiel Nagtegaal
• Numbered
• Embossed by hand with unique Mr. Upside seal

    UltraChome HDX ink

    The limited edition prints are printed by ArtPrint.Amsterdam, on the latest generation Epson SureColor SC-P series large format printers with 11 colours UltraChrome HDX ink. This guarantees a very accurate color reproduction, superior light fastness and great detail. 

    Limited Edition prints of illustrations by illustrator Mr. Upside printed by

    Professional inks that last

    UltraChrome HDX is ideal for creating long-lasting professional photographs and fine art prints. While a high-quality result is important, I understand that customers also want the limited edition prints to last. UltraChrome HDX inks have been designed with longevity in mind. With these inks, prints on premium papers such as Hahnemühle Photo Rag®, can last for decades.

    Hahnemühle Photo Rag®

    The paper used, Hahnemühle Photo Rag® (308grs.) is a heavy white paper of 100% cotton, with a smooth surface texture of museum quality. With its premium matt inkjet coating, Photo Rag® meets the highest industry standards in terms of density, color gamut, color gradation and image sharpness while maintaining the special touch sensitivity of real art paper. It is pH neutral and contains no bleach or whiteners.

    Beloved by professionals

    This is the world's most popular fine art inkjet paper and the paper that really started the fine art digital revolution. It's beloved by many professionals.

    It's a classic.

    Limited Edition Art Prints by illustrator MrUpside printed on Hahnemuhle Photorag 308grs luxury paper

    Superb quality capable of producing excellent results

    It's everything you want in a fine art matte  paper - acid free, cotton rag (its also available in other weights, and double sided). It's surface is relatively smooth, not 100% perfectly smooth like a hot pressed paper but smooth enough that it's very, very slight texture does not interfere with image detail. 

    It is a little more expensive than some papers, but in this case you certainly get what you pay for - a paper of superb quality capable of producing excellent photographic results that will outlast us all, when combined with the latest pigment ink sets such as the Epson Ultrachrome inks.

    Delivery times

    I do my very best to keep delivery times as short as possible. I aim to process your order within 3-5 working days for delivery. I work with

    Estimated Shipping costs

    • The Netherlands: Free (worth € 10,00)
    • Europe: € 15,00
    • Worldwide: € 20,00

    Customs & import fees

    Unfortunately I have no control over additional customs charges and import duties outside of the European Union. These charges are to be paid by the purchaser.

      Pick up in studio

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      All our products will be carefully wrapped to make the illustration feel like a present. Then the illustrations are packed with extreme care to ensure a delivery without any damage. 

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