ANNOUNCING: New art print series: "77" by Perkins

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Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:06 pm

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In 1977, I was an impressionable young teenager who was very much into music. In the KISS Army at age 12 & 13, I had wall-sized posters covering my entire room...including the doors and ceiling.

It was an awesome time for music. Album-oriented rock ruled the airwaves, not to mention the stadiums. The punk movement was in full swing in the USA, the UK and Europe. Somehow it trickled down to smalltown central Texas and made its way into my ears, onto my turntable and into my brain...where it would stay to this day. Punk may have been mainstream rock's mortal enemy, but in my head, Dee Dee Ramone and Ace Frehley lived together in perfect harmony. They still do.

For literally 20 years or more I've been talking about doing this concept series, so much so that some of my friends would chuckle at the mention of it. They, like myself, were skeptical that it would ever happen. I never started on it because I draw in many different styles, and could never decide how to best render these images. Now it's very clear, and the wheels are finally in motion!

Until recent movie poster work with Alamo Drafthouse and a few other clients, I never really did portraiture. Through the aforementioned work though, a style began to develop - one that involves a conscious effort to get better at utilizing negative space and resist my natural inclination to fill up the page. The popularity of those images, along with the fun that I had rendering them, brought me back to my old concept...the one that had been simmering in my head for 20+ years. The style fit perfectly.

The idea is this:
* A series of serigraph art prints - portraits of music icons from around (but not solely from) 1977. This is a very autobiographical series - these are rock icons that I used to draw on my notebooks -figures that enhanced my love of music and inspired me as an artist.
* The series will consist of 77 different images, each available individually. Complete sets will also be available.
* Each print will be 18x24, screenprinted by hand on cover weight Cougar Natural paper.
* Each image will be signed & numbered, each part of an extremely limited edition of only 77 prints (plus a few artist proofs).
* Each print will be stamped on the back with the official Perkins 77 logo, and numbered as to its place in the series. (Example: Johnny Rotten is print 77.01, Robert Plant 77.02, etc.).
** Only 40 individual prints of each image will be sold, so get them NOW!. The rest will be saved for complete sets upon completion.
* The complete sets will feature prints that are all the same number in the edition. There will also be a special package designed for the complete sets.

They'll be printed in order until all 77 editions are done. New images will be announced as they are completed. The goal in the end is to try to turn this series into a book, as well as a few gallery shows. By then, all of the individual prints will most likely have been sold, so GET THEM EARLY!

This is obviously a very ambitious effort, one that surpasses anything I've tried to date. But...I'm very proud & excited to announce that the first 4 images are complete(!) and available for preorder purchase very soon in the classifieds on GigPosters.com - gig posters, flyers and handbills from around the world!. Printing will start within a week. I'll post links as soon as the ads are up...should be within 24 hours from this posting. A separate ad will be up for anyone who would like to preorder a complete set.

77.01 Johnny Rotten
77.02 Robert Plant
77.03 Debbie Harry
77.04 Alice Cooper
.....who will be next!!????

I'm gonna have fun with this, hopefully lots of other folks will dig it as well. Enjoy!

Billy
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Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:30 pm

Hey Perkins, isn't all your stuff hand-drawn and hand-separated? If so you should mention that...the jaded print community is going to look at these and assume it's some Fairey-style photo rehash. But I'm pretty sure you draw/print all these by hand...right?
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Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:11 pm

Yes, everything is painted by hand. Even the separations are painted. Same was true with all of Alamo stuff, even though somebody thought my print for The Shining was photoshopped. I'm loosening up for these, letting the spontaneity of the brush strokes be more visible.

This is something I've been wanting to do for a long time & I'm personally stoked to get it rolling. I'm sure there will be critics, but f*ck it...it's not like this is all I do. I also anticipate that by the time I get halfway thru this series, some folks will be sick of it, but it's going full throttle til the end. In the meantime, my other work can center around other drawing styles that don't involve portraiture. There won't be that many prints of each image. The first 40 prints of each will be priced anywhere from $25-40, depending on the image. I call that affordable.
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:45 am

very cool
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:57 am

:clap:

Excited to see what artists we'll be getting, cool idea!
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:22 am

Very cool! The concept reminds me a little of the scene in High Fidelity when John Cusack's character has all his vinyl strewn around his apartment. The clerk from the record shop pops in and assumes they're being alphabetized. Cusack's character explains he's organizing them in auto-biographical order.

Best of luck with the project!
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:45 am

peter tosh please
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:49 am

Awesome awesome Billy! That first set looks really cool! Can't wait to snag a few sets to go next to my Shining and The Good the Bad and the Ugly! Any word on pricing?
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:35 am

:clap: :drool:

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Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:45 am

Perkins wrote: The first 40 prints of each will be priced anywhere from $25-40, depending on the image. I call that affordable.
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:59 am

i think i'm looking forward to these- 1977 isn't really my fave era- i guess it depends on who the next 73 peeps are- am hoping for some van halen or are they later?

but what i DO know is that perkins means quality so i should quit nit-picking and wait with my breath baited...

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Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:23 am

I'll put a dozen or so of these back to hold onto til I'm dead, so there really won't be all that many to be had. Still, in order to keep folks interested through the series, I think I'll keep the price per individual print low, like $30. The first one (77.01 Johnny Rotten) will be the only one priced at $40, the rest will be $30. Certain select prints will be either $20 or $25. The lower-priced ones will be images that I simply have to include, but don't expect to sell as well as the more high profile ones. It'll all make sense later.

They're being pre-sold as the art is finished and they're ready to go to press. All will be printed BY HAND by my friend & printer extraordinaire Satch Grimley. Satch has been my primary printing partner for years. He's very good, trained at Austin's Coronado Studios and highly praised throughout the community. 77.01 Johnny Rotten starts this week, followed by 77.02 Robert Plant, etc. I won't announce new ones for sale until they're close to going to press, that way buyers don't have so long to wait. But it''ll be going nonstop for a while. :-) The first 4 images will be for sale as soon as I place the ads on GP.com & they are approved by Clay. Doing that this morning, so should be today.

Presales for the individual prints will be cut off after the first 40 prints are sold. The remaining prints will be saved for complete sets and gallery shows for the future.

Presales for the complete set will be offered now for the low price of $1000. Only 11 sets will be sold at this price. When the entire series is complete, all of the above prices - both for individual prints and for the complete series - will most assuredly change for any that are left. These presale prices, especially the price for the sets, are designed to help cover my costs and get the series done without me going broke. This is all being done at my own expense - and since I don't do my own printing, I'm paying for films, paper and prints. It's a hell of an endeavor, but one I think will pay for itself.

This is intended to be simple & fun, a fleeting glimpse at past pop culture by a fan who was there. It's bubble gum disguised as art...no need to overanalyze the ingredients on the wrapper...all you have to do is chew it...and enjoy.
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:27 am

Forgot to add that I'll design some sort of package for the complete sets when they're done. Shipping is also included in the presale price for the sets (complete sets only).
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:44 pm

I would buy a set of Ramones if you were to do one...thanks


oh yeah and joe strummer
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Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:41 pm

I'm pretty excited about this. it might be fun to chase autographs with them.
Can't wait to see the Ozzy print. (There has to be an Ozzy print!)
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