earlgreytoast wrote:And it’s the furthest thing from a gig poster you can get from a gig poster as the text is illegible.
I guess in the traditional sense that's true, but none of these things we're usually buying around here were made to be posted on the side of a building or telephone pole for advertisement. Clearly the art is meant to overrule the ad in this case. It really is an art piece/memento "in the tradition of" a gig poster, as goldenrose says below.
goldenrose wrote:I'd like to say that Aaron elevated the gig poster to a new level by making the artwork the primary focus - but the truth is that the psychedelic art forefathers Rick Griffin, Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Mouse/Kelly, Lee Conklin etc. did that. Making the text hard to read or even illegible in sixties gig posters was done on purpose - to throw the "squares" off and speak to the "enlightened".
Just the same I think Aaron is a trailblazer in this respect by adding his own angle to the mix - intricate illustrative work with a subtle personal narrative. Why shouldn't a gig poster be a thing of beauty?
The same can be said of a lot of the current alternative movie posters that we collect. I don't think an Olly Moss Star Wars would work that well as an initial advertisement in 1977, but it's great for a viewer that already knows and likes the movie. Same general format, totally different end goal.
I'm not defending that perspective. Just saying that it exists.
Edit: At least the part about attending a show. I do tend to draw the line for myself that the poster needs to at least be for a band I like. I can't really get into buying a poster for a band I have zero interest in (with some notable exceptions
). It'd be a bit of a misrepresentation of my interests. But if you're cool with that, awesome. That's just my personal preference.
I gave that up long ago. Other than maybe Graveyard, I'd have zero Horkey gig pieces if I did that.
"I see dudes using cotton gloves on prints that I know were printed while someone was drinking a beer or eating Cheetos, while water leaked from the ceiling. And I'm not even talking about my shop!" - alexfugazi