United States Postal Service  /  Hip Hop

The four pillars of Hip Hop: MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and Graffiti are some of the most important art forms developed in the United States in the past fifty years. USPS commemorated Hip Hop’s cultural contributions by issuing these stamps in 2020. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Photography by Cade Martin

  • Representations of the four pillars of Hip Hop: MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and Graffiti are shown on the Hip Hop stamp series.

United States Postal Service  /  Woodstock

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, the stamp combines the iconic dove from the original event with lettering evoking music posters of the late 1960s. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá

  • Lettering evoking music posters of the era is combined with the iconic dove to suggest the Woodstock festival

United States Postal Service  /  Lunar New Year

The 2020 Lunar New Year / Year of the Rat stamp begins a new twelve-year series of stamps commemorating this holiday. Each stamp in the new cycle will feature an imaginative hand-crafted animal mask. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Art: Camille Chew

  • In the first of the lunar new year's series by Camille Chew, we have a representation of the rat created using paper craft.

United States Postal Service  /  Hearts Blossom

The Hearts Blossom stamp shows twelve colorful hearts with casual script intended to create a personal, happy, and positive message of love. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá

  • The stamp features a cluster of colorful hearts and “love” written by hand

United States Postal Service  /  Holiday Delights

These four stamps celebrate the Christmas season with an ornament, a decorated tree, a stocking, and a reindeer rendered in red and green modern designs. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Art: Kirsten Ulve

  • Celebrating the Christmas season with playful, modern illustrations of an ornament, a decorated tree, a stocking, and a reindeer in a red and green color palette.

United States Postal Service  /  Views of Our Planets

This sheet of stamps present eight images captured from recent space missions. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá.

  • Views of Our Planets stamp sheet.
  • Views of Our Planets: Jupiter stamp.

United States Postal Service  /  Waves of Color

This set of four high-denomination stamps are the first completely abstract designs issued by the USPS. Art Direction: Antonio Alcalá, Designer: Michael Dyer.

  • Five Dollar Waves of Color Stamp.

United States Postal Service  /  Emancipation Proclamation

Using a key phrase from the original document, this stamp commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Art Direction: Antonio Alcalá, Designer: Gail Anderson.

  • Emancipation Proclamation stamp.

United States Postal Service  /  Janis Joplin

The fifth design in the “Music Icons” series commemorates Janis Joplin with a psychedelic-era inspired stamp. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Stamp photo: David Gahr, Stamp lettering: Daniel Pelavin, Cover photo: Bruce Steinberg.

  • Musical Icons: Janis Joplin stamp sheet.
  • Musical Icons: Janis Joplin stamp.

United States Postal Service  /  The Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun

This is the first U.S. stamp issued featuring thermochromic ink. With the warmth of a touch, the dark circle of the eclipse turns clear to reveal the moon. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Stamp photo: Fred Espenak.

  • Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun stamp sheet.
  • Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun Stamp stamp sheet with the thermochromic ink activated.

United States Postal Service  /  Martín Ramírez

Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Martín Ramírez is recognized today as one of the great self-taught artists of the twentieth century. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá.

  • Martín Ramírez stamp sheet.
  • Martín Ramírez stamp.

United States Postal Service  /  Kaleidoscope Flowers

A flower-like design composed of geometric shapes, these stamps utilize different color palettes, creating a set of four. Art Direction: Antonio Alcalá, Designers: Nicole and Petra Kapitza.

  • Kaleidoscope Flowers stamp sheet.

United States Postal Service  /  Harvey Milk

A civil rights activist and one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., Harvey Milk is commemorated in this stamp with a photo by Daniel Nicoletta.

  • Harvey Milk stamp.

United States Postal Service  /  WPA Posters

These stamps celebrate posters of the Work Projects Administration, created during the Depression by the Poster Division of the WPA Federal Art Project. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Design: Maribel O. Gray, M.D.

  • WPA Posters stamps.

United States Postal Service  /  Love Forever Hearts

Part of the “Love” stamp series, this design plays on the meaning of “Forever” both as a signifier of long-lasting love but also as a representative of the denomination. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Design and lettering: Jessica Hische.

  • Forever Love Hearts stamp.

United States Postal Service  /  Star Trek

These four stamps commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the original television series with artwork of iconic elements from the show. Art direction and design: Antonio Alcalá, Design and illustrations: Heads of State.

  • Star Trek stamp sheet.
  • Star Trek: Teleporter stamp.

Other stamps completed for the United States Postal Service include:

  • 2021
    Lunar New Year / Ox / Camille Chew (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Holiday Delights / Kirsten Ulve (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Kwanzaa / Andrea Pippins (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Earth Day / Ricky Altizer (Typographer)
  • 2020
    Innovation
  • 2020
    Arnold Palmer / James Drake (Photographer)
  • 2020
    Let's Celebrate
  • 2020
    Lunar New Year / Rat / Camille Chew (Illustrator)
  • 2020
    Made of Hearts
  • 2019
    Holiday Wreaths / Laura Dowling (Floral Designer) and Kevin Allen (Photographer)
  • 2019
    Winter Berries / Steve Buchanan (Illustrator)
  • 2018
    Music Icons: John Lennon / Peter Fordham (Photographer)
  • 2019
    1969 First Moon Landing
  • 2019
    Post Office Murals
  • 2019
    American Flag
  • 2019
    STEM Education / David Plunkert
  • 2018
    Birds in Winter / Nadia Taylor (Illustrator)
  • 2018
    Honoring First Responders / Brian Stauffer (Illustrator) and Ricky Altizer (Designer)
  • 2018
    Frozen Treats / Margaret Berg (Illustrator) and Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2018
    Illinois Statehood / Michael Konetzka (Designer)
  • 2017
    The Snowy Day / Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator)
  • 2017
    Celebrating African American History and Culture
  • 2017
    Delicioso / John Parra (Illustrator)
  • 2017
    Uncle Sam
  • 2016
    Patriotic Spirals / Polygraph (Designer)
  • 2016
    Pluto Explored!
  • 2016
    Henry James / Kate Sammons (Illustrator)
  • 2016
    Repeal of the Stamp Act / Greg Harlin (Illustrator)
  • 2016
    Pickup Trucks / Chris Lyons (Illustrator)
  • 2016
    USA Nonprofit / Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2016
    World Stamp Show NY 2016 / Michael Dyer (Designer)
  • 2016
    Quilled Paper Heart (Love) / Yulia Brodskaya
  • 2015
    Charlie Brown Christmas / Charles Schulz (Illustrator)
  • 2015
    World Stamp Show NY 2016 / Michael Dyer (Designer)
  • 2015
    Geometric Snowflakes / Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2015
    Music Icons: Elvis Presley / Leslie Badani (Designer)
  • 2015
    Medal of Honor: Vietnam War / Richard Frasier (Photographer)
  • 2015
    Summer Harvest / Michael Doret
  • 2015
    Patriotic Waves / Michael Dyer (Designer)
  • 2014
    Wilt Chamberlain / Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
  • 2014
    Medal of Honor: Korean War / Richard Frasier (Photographer)
  • 2014
    Cut Paper Heart (Love) / Q. Cassetti (Illustrator)
  • 2014
    Nevada Statehood / Ron Spears (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    Medal of Honor: World War II / Richard Frasier (Photographer)
  • 2013
    Kwanzaa / R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    Inverted Jenny / Steven Noble (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    March on Washington / Gregory Manchess (Illustrator)
  • 2013
    Music Icons: Lydia Mendoza / Neal Ashby and Patrick Donohue (Designer)
  • 2013
    Vintage Seed Packets
  • 2012
    Lady Bird Johnson
  • 2012
    José Ferrer / Daniel Adel (Illustrator)