Mockingbird Opens the Foundation’s Art Archives, Celebrates The Phish Companion with Special Show-Low Prices

The Mockingbird Foundation is delighted to be part of the upcoming PhanArt Show at The Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

As Fall Tour comes to an end, we wanted to extend a sincere thank you to the art community and PhanArt for its support of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition these past few months.

To celebrate and show our appreciation, in addition to selling copies and taking orders of the new Phish Companion at our event rate of $39 (includes free shipping), we’ll be cracking open the Foundation’s art archives including the few remaining stashed-away copies of some of our most coveted prints.

What does that mean?

Amazing new art from top artists created just for Mockingbird! Experience Ryan Kerrigan’s new “Evolution of a Costume”—a celebration of the Phish Halloween tradition—makes its debut. We’ll have Isadora Bullock’s “Out of Control,” a stunning linocut print. And if you haven’t seen AJ Masthay’s stunning new “No Future at All,” brace yourself, because when AJ does Gamehendge, faces are going to melt. Both Isadora and Ryan will be on-site meeting fans and adding custom remarques (art talk for “doodles”), and we’ll even try to bring a few hard to find AJ variants! (Including the copper foil.)


We’re also bringing along some nice stacks of the eight glorious prints created to illustrate The Phish Companion. Even those that have been long sold out online will be available at amazingly low show-special prices. Get there early, as we’ll have a few complete sets of 8 at a great low price. Welker, Masthay, Status/Helton, Duvall—we’re bringing plenty and pricing them to celebrate, and once they’re gone, they’ll no longer be available.

We even found a few Welker foils, the scarce Welker Glow in the Dark art print, and even AJ’s rare foil variant (only available last year at PhanArt Philly). We’ve dug even deeper to find a handful of AJ’s groundbreaking “Famous Mockingbird” and his brilliant take Tahoe as Gamehendge, plus our coveted BoyerArt jerseys (featuring art from Welker and Masthay)—this special Halloween sale will deliver the meat at bone low prices!

The Companion will be on sale at our show-low price, and every book bought includes a print from the archives. Special bundles will add poster variants, Welker/Masthay jerseys and other new READ THE BOOK items. With books selling quickly and quantities very limited, there is no better time to support Mockingbird (letting us help kids make music!), with a book and art that every Phish fan will love and appreciate, it’s a great time to start your holidaze shopping!

The Phish Companion team could never have delivered what many consider the best Phish book yet without the tremendous support of the contributing writers, artists and photographers. We’ll be featuring several of them at the show (Jason Kaczorowski will be meeting fans and signing photos at 1:30, and AZN Pics and Jake Silco Photography will also be featured, with photo and canvas photo prints (generously donated by the photographers) being sold to benefit Mockingbird.

PhanArt show attendees are encouraged to make a donation to The Mockingbird Foundation while at the show. Every donation receives a chance to win an hourly drawing hosted by Mockingbird, including an “Ultimate Phish Companion” grand prize giveaway at the end of the show.

As always, all proceeds benefit The Mockingbird Foundation to support children’s music education. We hope to see you there!

Exclusive Art available at PhanArt Las Vegas, October 29 at Brooklyn Bowl

We’re just over a week away from PhanArt Las Vegas, presented by Relix Magazine at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on October 29 from 1-6pm. Here is a sampling of the exclusive art that you will find at the show. This post will be continually updated through next week, so check back  to see what special deals and artwork are available!

Brian Hill

Hill’s “Big Boat” Vegas is a 3 color silkscreen print with a glow in the dark light green. 15″ x 22″, $20 each for this Limited Edition of 100


Brian Bojo
Bojo’s “Zoltar” is a 4 color screenprint available on white paper (100 lb cougar) or on gold and silver foils. 18″x24″, $20/$40  signed and numbered.
Isadora Bullock

Isadora’s “Axilla”  comes in a main edition of 125 with three other variants in store.


Mark Serlo

Mark’s Halloween poster uses four-colors of ink with metallics in an edition of 150 on white paper and an edition of 50 on foil.vegas3

Ryan Kerrigan

2016 vegas happy fish shirts, edition of 35 unisex t’s and 15 ladies tanks, $20 each. Plus check out Ryan’s “Evolution of a Costume” poster at The Mockingbird Foundation’s table!


Drivenpunk Glass

Drivenpunk offers “Phandora” bracelets, unique charms for shows on a sterling bangle bracelet, and for the first time these bangles will have show dates on the backs of the charms. Here’s one from last summer, put together by a Phan named Sally.

Andrew Bryant

Bringing with him a bevy of ‘Band in Steam’ designs, Andrew Bryant presents his first ever high quality art print. A limited edition of 150, measures 26″ x 10″ and printed with archival inks on textured canvas paper.

Other goodies include ‘Band in Steam’ glitter bombed fridge magnet (LE150), ‘Band in Steam’ glitter bombed pin (LE150), and the final three pins in the 13 pin set commemorating the Thrilling Chilling Sounds of the Haunted House set from 2014 – Haunted House in Lights (LE150), Water Torture (LE150) and Pet Cat (LE150). Andrew will also have summer tour leftovers, sock drawer items and Tomahawk County belt buckles.

Super Rad Cape Company

Designed by Sarah from SRCC and Sam from Heady Hats, these Cactus hats will be released at the PhanArt show and cost $35 each.

Phresh Art

Find these exclusive Las Vegas pins at the first show featuring Phresh Art!

555 Gold Pin – multiple color glitter, a collaboration between Tony Averson and Lewis Baden. Measures 2½”  x 1½” , edition of 120. $25 each

Glow in the Dark Vegas Ph16h Pin – crafted on black nickel, a collaboration between Tony Averson and Lewis Baden. Edition of 120, $20 each

Catphish Jon Pin – silver w/ blue glitter. Edition of 120, $15 each

Isadora Bullock

Esteemed printmaker Isadora Bullock has created a gorgeous art print for The Mockingbird Foundation to celebrate the recent publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition. “Out of Control” is a four-color linocut reduction print, in a signed and numbered edition of 150. All proceeds benefit music education for kids.


Jon Rose

“Woke the Witch” is a tribute to the song “Axilla,” and the Halloween Tradition of ‘That Band From Vermont’. Rose tried to imagine the scene from the following passage: “I woke the witch with reverence reserved for serpents, snails, and slugs” in designing the poster.

“MGM Lionfish” – Single layer woodblock print made with spraypaint and oil based inks and printed on Mohawk Superfine Paper. Edition of 20 gold & 20 red with surprise variants available only at the PhanArt show.

The first layer is a metallic gold spray paint, followed by a subtle split fountain of red to orange, then a final layer of black.  A hand carved, reduction cut, woodblock print printed with an etching press on Mohawk Superfine Acid Free Archival paper. Measures 20.5″ by 10″, signed and numbered in an edition of 100. A variant edition will be located at the WaterWheel table inside the venue.

Pre-Stamped Block Printed Postcards are hand carved and pressed and pre-stamped, just fill them out and drop in the mailbox! 2 for $5

Terry Werner

Dog Face Boy Fall Tour $20 (12″ x 32″)
Fluffhead Fall Tour $20 (12″ x 32″)
Wolfman’s Brother MGM Vegas $30 (16″ x 32″)
All posters are watercolor wash lithographs printed on 100lb natural cover stock printed in Great Falls, Montana.

Michael Boyer

“Phall Tour 2016: Wilson” is a 7 color sparkle-ink screen-print on paper, edition of 300, signed and numbered for $35.

Marc Fleet

Flex fit CK5 hats – $20 each, sizes S/M and L/XL


DeLorean Unbound Shirt – Available Now

Need a gift for that special Back to the Future and Phish phan in your life? Seize your destiny… er, um… your density. The future is here and it is whatever you make of it, so make it stylish with the DeLorean Unbound V2.0 t-shirt, designed by Taper420. We’ve gotta get on the road. Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.


Only available until Nov. 2nd, and then they’re history! Click Here and Order Yours Now


Ass Handed Las Vegas Halloween Poker Chips

Fall is here again, and with it this year, another Phish fall tour, culminating in a 4 night Las Vegas run for Halloween! Sure to be one of the best runs of the year, Gay Anastasio has once again chosen to celebrate the festivities in poker chip form.
A limited edition of only 300, both sides of this chip feature artwork by the multi-talented Michael Babb (Jiggs Lot)! Ceramic pro quality chips, these are the same kind that casinos use. Graphics are printed right on the chip, no stickers.

While Gay was not certain on doing a chip for this run, inspiration struck him one morning after the Dicks shows in September. Fortunes can be made or lost in Sin City, but after 4 nights there, I think it is safe to say… we are all gonna get our ass handed to us! I had a rough idea for the jackass, brought to life by Jiggs, but what kind of an establishment would use chips like these? On the front we welcome you to “Kitty Malone’s Cabaret and Casino”! Have a drink, play a game, watch the dancers! The smell of mule thick in the air! On the back, that same jackass of a mule kicks you out of town after draining you dry. Order here.

Kids Shirts – Mupphets, Phraggles and Pheanuts!

By popular demand, kids sizes of the Pheanuts, Mupphets and Phraggle shirts are now available. Youth Small, Medium and Large are available for $18 each, with free shipping and a copy of the PhanArt Coloring Book included with each purchase. See watermarked images below and place your orders as quantities are limited! Note – no tour dates on these shirts!










2016 Grand Prairie Print from Jiggslot

Introducing Jiggslot’s 2016 Grand Prairie print…A 7 color, hand pulled screen print sized at 12.5 x 19 printed on 100 lb. cover stock. Featuring metallic and translucent ink, this Limited Edition run of 73 prints is signed and numbered.  A small portion is available now in Jiggslot’s Store for only $25 + S&H, the rest can be snapped up on Fall Tour. See you in Texas!


Get yours here.

Announcing Two PhanArt Shows in NYC this December

PhanArt is pleased to announce two exhibitions featuring more than 30 artists over two days, both within a very short walking distance of Madison Square Garden.


On December 29th, PhanArt will be at The Hotel Pennsylvania for Skyscraper is Grander. This show will be held in the same room as the January 2, 2016 show, featuring two dozen artists, music and drinks, perfect for meeting up with friends before the show, checking out art made by fans, for fans, with a wide array of artistic creations available.

For the first time, shipping from the PhanArt show will be available, along with tubes to purchase. A station will be setup for fans to purchase postage and tubes, and ship items purchased at the show home. The show will run from 12-7pm and is located directly across 7th Avenue from Madison Square Garden.


On Friday, December 30th, PhanArt and Live For Live Music are excited to bring an afternoon of music, artists, and vendors to American Beauty for what will surely be a special edition of PhanArt. The event will feature two sets of music from up-and-coming funk jam band Formula 5, as well as a variety of posters, prints, apparel, pins and more from some of your favorite artists in the scene.

The event will start at 3pm and run until 7pm, so come out to American Beauty for an awesome afternoon filled with music, art, drinks, and free pizza (that’s right, free pizza!)

Lineups for both shows will be announced in the first week of December.

Announcing the Lineup of Artists for PhanArt Las Vegas, October 29

On Saturday, October 29, PhanArt will bring together more than 20 artists for an art exhibition at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas featuring posters, prints, apparel, pins, the latest Phish inspired art and much more.

Make lunch reservations for “Lunch You in the Eye” and stop by Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas for the PhanArt show on October 29th from 1-6pm, located in The Linq in the heart of the Las Vegas strip.

Stay tuned for an announcement on PhanArt shows during the New Years Run at Madison Square Garden.

Artist Interview Project: Terry Werner

The next Artist Interview Project installment features Terry Werner, the artist behind Werner Art & Designs. The first part of this post includes a student’s reflective summary. It is followed by the full interview text.

Learn more about the Artist Interview Project course assignment in Dr. Jenkins’ introduction to the series. You can follow the Philosophy School of Phish on Facebook, Twitter (@phishedu), and the course’s public website.

Find more information about Terry Werner’s art on his website.



Phish Magnaball/Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Matching Set. Image via artist’swebsite.

I interviewed a talented artist named Terry Werner for an assignment in my philosophy class. Terry is the owner of Werner Arts & Designs in Ukiah, California. Through his store, Terry sells his artwork, which is unique, beautiful, and eye-catching. I asked him many hard questions, which he answered thoughtfully.

In our interview, we discussed the nature of beauty and imagination. Terry’s description of what makes art beautiful is similar to philosopher Leo Tolstoy’s definition of art. Terry explains:

“As artists we all strive for our perfect expression of our vision. The beauty in the art is that struggle the artist goes through expressing his or herself. It is never perfect but almost always beauty appears somehow.”

Beauty is subjective; to one person Kandinsky’s art might be just a bunch of scribbles but to another, it may be a marvelous piece of art. Art is not perfect, but it nevertheless can be beautiful.

In his article, “What is Art?” Tolstoy argues that the purpose of art is to make us feel emotion. In fact, the transmission of emotion, for Tolstoy, defines what makes art beautiful. Terry’s answers were similar to Tolstoy’s perspective. In our interview, Terry said:

“I feel that art’s first purpose is to captivate the viewer’s attention even if it’s for just a moment… At this moment the viewer is feeling some emotion so in that respect an emotion is felt but I don’t think artists create art to make viewers feel an emotion.”

Terry’s opinion is like Tolstoy’s because he thinks art does give people emotion. However, his view departs from Tolstoy’s, because he doesn’t think emotion is art’s purpose. I appreciate Terry’s perspective, because he changed my mind! I now believe that I don’t have to feel something when I experience art; its imperfections make it beautiful.

Terry makes art for Phish fans, which certainly makes him an avid Phish fan. I noticed that his art recreates the sense of freedom and curiosity that Phish fans look for when they got to a Phish concert. In the essay, “Why We Come Back,” Mr. Miner’s blog explains:

“In their live concerts, Phish offers the promise that at any moment, anything can happen. And when they are at their best, “anything” often does. We come back to Phish because of this Freedom. Enmeshed in their live experience, this feeling returns us to a child-like state where our world is fresh and new and we are freed from the worries, obligations, responsibilities and ethical / moral compromises of our day to day selves. And like Peter Pan refusing to grow up, we crave to experience this “not knowing,” so that we may be able see the world anew, with fresh eyes and ears.”

I noticed a kind of child-like curiosity in Terry’s drawings. Or rather, his artwork produced this feeing within me! Terry has many prints and I found myself wanting to know what each one means. Their variation and color makes me feel like a child discovering a whole new world.

Terry and I discussed where he gets his inspiration. I learned that a lot of his inspiration comes from Phish community. Terry described how he was inspired to create Phish-themed art:

“The first time I was inspired to do Phish Phan-Art I would have to say it was attending Superball 9 at Watkins Glen in 2011. I was camped near an artist that goes by the handle ‘Crazy Red Beard.’ He was selling a few of his watercolor prints and matching pins very low key around his camp. I ended up getting a print/pin set from him on the final day of fest. The very next year at Alpine Valley I put out my first event phanart. One strange thing with Phish festivals is that they are any vending of any kind. The colorful and friendly community.”

Terry’s account describes how the Phish community supported the development of his artwork. In fact, Terry noted how supportive the fan base is for artists like himself. He explains, “A big thing I LOVE about the Phanart community is the respect and positive support from all the artists to each other.”

Philosopher John Drabinski describes the importance of what he calls the “occasional community,” because such spaces help us escape the monotony of modern life. Describing the lot at a Grateful Dead concert, Drabinksi writes:

“We didn’t need to know anything about one another, except we occupied this space, at this time, and that this was sufficient community of the commuter or the occasional community of the Deadhead lot is akin to exiting much of what defines modern life.”

Phish’s lot is also a place of hope to escape modern life through art, music, and community.

I learned a lot from my interview with Terry and I would like to thank him for taking time to discuss his artwork with me.


Interview Transcript

Where do you get your inspiration? Your imagination?

My Inspiration comes from a lot of places… The music first and foremost, other art works, photography, etc…  But if I were to look back and find the first time I was inspired to do Phish Phan-Art I would have to say it was attending Superball 9 at Watkins Glen in 2011. I was camped near an artist that goes by the handle “Crazy Red Beard”. He was selling a few of his watercolor prints and matching pins very low key around his camp. I ended up getting a print/pin set from him on the final day of fest. The very next year at Alpine Valley I put out my first event phanart. One strange thing with Phish festivals is that they are any vending of any kind. The colorful and friendly community that almost always finds a place in the parking lots at shows is banned from THE show. There are tons of people that have tried to contact them about getting a permit or finding a way to do things legitimately but Phish/Magnaball doesn’t even respond to communication attempts.  I will be there this year for Magnaball 10 and have a wonderful unofficial print for it but will be staying very low key. I am going to be trying a promotional angle by handing out my card to promote my website/print. As to my imagination… I guess I always try to create my prints with animals of some kind and some way of reflecting the venue/city by including landmarks, flags, astrology, and local foliage and wildlife. I like it to be recognizable to children and adults alike.

What makes art beautiful?

The human imperfection in expression… That’s just my own view. Art is expression and as humans we are imperfect. These imperfections are in every artwork produced ever. Even the Mona Lisa can be argued is imperfect in someway. As artists we all strive for our perfect expression of our vision. The beauty in the art is that struggle the artist goes through expressing his or herself. It is never perfect but almost always beauty appears somehow.

Do you express your feelings by art?

Yes to a point. I think the expression of feeling or emotion appears more in fine art but there are small ways an artist can put personal feelings into there poster art work. In 2013 my dog Abbie passed unexpectedly just before Phish/Dicks and Further/Red Rocks and I was able to immortalize her in both of those print sets. I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone about that but it meant a lot to me. The art form of performing music expresses feeling and emotion to a much higher degree than visual art… but again that’s just my personal opinion.

What makes your artwork response to Phish?

To describe my response to Phish in my prints I would have to say its kind of literal for the most part. Examples would be including characters from phish songs in my art or references to song lyrics. If a Phan can pick up on it the connection occurs and this person usually ends up supporting me by purchasing my artwork or turning on his or her friends to me. One thing I will say here is that the more artists try to hide or disguise the Phish references in their artwork the more popular said artwork becomes.

Which artist do you appreciate or feel inspired by?

Oh man the list is huge… Crazy Red Beard, Tripp, Isadora Bullock, Wilson, Ryan Kerrigan, Otto, Pollock, Taylor,… I could go on and on. A big thing I LOVE about the Phanart community is the respect and positive support from all the artists to each other. The scene has truly become flooded with artists but with all that competition the pressure is on to create the best artwork possible. You would think its competitive but it doesn’t feel that way. I am always excited to see what others are coming up with.

Do you believe that art’s purpose is to make you feel emotion?  

I feel that art’s first purpose is to captivate the viewers attention even if it’s for just a moment… At this moment the viewer is feeling some emotion so in that respect an emotion is felt but I don’t think artists create art to make viewers feel an emotion. One could go so deep when talking about arts purpose and emotional response but that’s all very relative to each persons specific experiences… I think that the artist and the viewer could agree that the purpose of art is to inspire imagination. Imagination to ponder the artists vision or there own personal reflection of imagination.

Relix Presents PhanArt at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

On October 28–31, Phish will round out their fall tour by taking over MGM Grand Garden Arena for their annual Halloween run, and the nearby Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas will host a couple of special events throughout the weekend in honor of the run, starting with a poster and pin art exhibition curated by PhanArt and continuing with a “Lunch You in the Eye” Bowling Tournament featuring Phish-themed offerings from the venue’s Blue Ribbon kitchen.


On Saturday, October 29, PhanArt will bring together two dozen artists for an art show featuring posters, prints, apparel, pins and more, plus Phish’s own Mockingbird Foundation. The full lineup of participating artists will be announced in early October.

The following day, the Lunch You in the Eye Bowling Tournament will have teams of 5–8 players gather on the Brooklyn Bowl lanes to vie for prizes including a $300 food and drink credit at the venue, access to a box during Sunday night’s Phish show, posters from the run and prize packs.

Tickets are now available here.