Ween is my favorite band of all time. I’ve been obsessed with them since early high school and have been lucky to work with over the years on a couple projects and was deeply saddened when they broke up. Almost 10 years ago to the date I did my first screenprinted poster for them for a San Francisco show (The Independent – 2006′). The boys are back on tour and as with a lot of things in life, things come back around. On the 10th Anniversary of Scraped Knee I had the privilege to do a poster for their 2 days of shows this week in SF.
The print is a promoter print commissioned by folks at APE/Bill Graham and given to the band, and folks back stage & involved with the show.
I wanted to try and do something for true-Ween fans, cramming as many references into the print as I could without it getting ridiculous. Most of the newer prints focus on “The Boognish” which is cool but I wanted this to stand out. I’d be interested to see if people can get all the subtle & not so subtle nods to the bands imagery, lyrics, album art, etc.
The final print is a 6-color (18′ x 24) printed by the badasses at Monolith Press and I will have a small run of 40 Artist Prints (signed/AP) available on Tues, October 18th @ 11AM (PST).
To celebrate another year of doing the big Crafty Bastards Arts & Craft Fair event in DC and an awesome long standing relationship with DC Brau Brewing I will be releasing a new collab T-shirt entitled “Occult Hopciety“. The design explores the more occult/secret society side of our Nation’s Capitol… so grab a shirt and be apart of this Secret Society of Suds.
The shirt will be available in a few different styles …standard black T, ladies “slouch” shirts & baseball ringers and will be available this weekend (Oct. 1st & 2nd) at the Crafty Bastards Arts & Craft Fair event as well as at the brewery. Whatever doesn’t sell out will be available on the DC Brau & Scraped Knee web stores.
Like last year… if you pick up a shirt from me at the show and wear it to the DC Brau Brewery you will get 50% off of a growler fill. Vice versa.. if you buy a shirt there and wear it to Crafty Bastards, you can get 25% off of any poster purchase. What a deal, huh…. thats what collaborations are all about.
Years ago I randomly caught The Growlers at a small club in the Bay Area and have followed them ever since. Their psych surf-rock sound lends itself well to late nights drawing in the studio. I had always wanted to work w/ them so was pleasantly surprised when they contacted me a couple weeks ago to do a couple posters for their tour. Timing only permitted one so far for their 2-day stop in New York (New York City & Brooklyn) but maybe we’ll get to do another down the line.
I immediately knew I wanted to do something grimey and have been starting to do more surf-related art so the concept came to me easily & fit perfectly. Growing up I was huge fans of the work of R. Crumb & Basil Wolverton and was involved in the indie comic scene for a while before doing posters. My early work tended to reflect this and was a lot more cartoony than it is now. For this poster I wanted to dust off the old style and give it a try.
The final print is a 4-color split fountain (18′ x 24) printed by the fine folks at Ruby Sue, with a print run of 100 done for the bands 2-night run and I will have a small run of 30 Artist Prints (signed/AP) available on Monday, October 5th @ 11AM (PST).