This Week in PhanArt History: Japan 2000

New from PhanArt in 2011 is our weekly Friday Feature: This Week in PhanArt History. Each piece of art we share is from days of Phish in the past, typically from the 1.0 and 2.0 eras, something of note that fans of all ages can appreciate that is featured in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with some commentary on the piece by PhanArt Pete. If there is a piece of art or genre of PhanArt you would like to see, leave a suggestion in the comments below.

The Japanese connection to Phish has been consistent since the 1999 Fuji Rock Fest shows which were recently released on Live Phish. In the Summer of 2000, Phish returned to Japan for a run of shows that a lucky few American fans were able to take part in.

In reflecting on this era of Phish and PhanArt, as well as the recent events in Northeast Japan, we share with you the story of Jason Lees, featured artist in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish. Also, PhanArtists Lizzy Layne and Ryan Kerrigan have generously donated some of their original artwork to raise funds to benefit Peace Winds America’s Japan Relief Fund. Read to see how you can help and the great art you can get in return for a small donation.

Japan 2000, by Jason Lees

So we’re in Japan of all places, in the midst of a week of Phish shows. We’d been just living it up every night and really getting along with the local heads. Though the language barrier was certainly apparent, a shit eating grin is a shit eating grin no matter what language you speak. It seemed everyone on this tour wore this shit eating grin the entire time.

As we’re walking out of one of the venues (forgive me if I can’t recall which), after another glorious night of music and there’s actually a mini-shakedown street happening. And when I say mini, I mean 4 or 5 vendors selling shirts, one selling jewelry as well as the ever-present Japanese mushroom vendor. One shirt vendor has this great shirt with the word Japhan on the front with a hook through one of the letters. An instant classic. Another shirt vendor had one with a rectangle of Japanese characters where the missing characters spelled out ‘PHISH’. This shirt also had a great print on the back with all the dates and a fish in a kimono waving a Japanese flag. These were quality shirts sold by eager vendors and were an easy sell at 10 yen a piece ($10).

Anyway I’m walking away with two new tour shirts in hand and I see off to the side a young native guy with who appeared to be his girlfriend. They couldn’t have been more then 19. He was tentatively holding up a purple t-shirt but it was really hard to see what was printed on the front. He was almost unsure if he wanted anyone to look at it. Well I walked over to him and asked to see it. The front was like a small jigsaw puzzle of intersecting fish, almost looked like a wood block print of an M.C. Escher design but it wasn’t an M.C. Escher. I gave him a big smile and he turned it around. The back read “Welcome this is the…. PHISH Japan tour 2000″. Then in chicken scratch lettering it gave all the dates and venue information. Below that was the outline of a farmhouse and the words “Think Global Act Local”. All this was obviously hand drawn with different colored paints. And this young guy was obviously the artist. When I expressed how much I loved the shirt his entire demeanor shifted from uneasy to ecstatic. He and his girlfriend were so happy that I appreciated his work. And I sincerely loved the shirt. It was a one of a kind, very unique and I just had to have it. I bought the shirt, exchanged several more smiles with these folks and headed on my way.

But the story doesn’t end there. A show or two later I’m wearing my new purple lot shirt enjoying the buzz of set break when who comes eagerly walking up to me but the couple I bought the shirt from. Though I couldn’t understand a word they were saying, it was obvious they were excited to see me actually wearing the shirt. And it became even more obvious that he wanted to have his picture taken with me wearing his shirt. How could I say no? So the simple act of buying a lot shirt fueled so much positive energy. It helped bridge the language barrier of two very different cultures. And who knows, it may have encouraged this young artist to keep creating beautiful works of art.

You can pick up tons of great PhanArt, both new and old in the PhanArt Store

JaPhanArt from Ryan Kerrigan and Lizzy Layne to support earthquake relief efforts from Peace Winds America

Lizzy Layne and Ryan Kerrigan have generously donated some of their original artwork to raise funds to benefit Peace Winds America’s Japan Relief Fund. Read below to see how you can help and the great art you can get in return for a small donation.

Lizzy Layne – Ningensei

Ningensei is the Japanese word for Humanity. This piece was created by Lizzy as a small contribution to help those affected by the recent disaster in Japan. Such tragedies remind you of the more important and less petty things in life and bring about a time where we must find compassion and humanity within ourselves. This piece of PhanArt, although targeted mainly to Phish fans, still has the entire nation in mind because music is universal and is one of the few other positive things that can bring people together. The original art will be auctioned off starting at $50 and 100 prints of the art will be sold online for $10 plus s+h. Prints of this original watercolor on rice paper painting measure 8″ x 12″

Feel good about helping those in need while getting back a fun piece of art in return!

Bid on the “Ningensei” auction here

Buy “Ningensei” prints below

Ryan Kerrigan ‘Nectar’s”

Ryan Kerrigan’s “Nectar’s” print debuted on 9/9/99 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Printed in an edition of 2000, most of these posters were sold on the Fall tour in 1999, and until recently the remaining posters were secure in a tube, waiting for a day when they would be available for purchase. The last 50 of these posters are available to benefit Peace Winds America’s Japan Relief Efforts. The poster measures 16 X 20 and is signed and numbered. This Poster is sold out!

TRiPPs Pins for Early Summer 2011

From Veteran PhanArtist Tripp comes his collection of new pins for early Summer 2011. New designs include Col. Forbin, The Famous Mockingbird, Estimated Prophet, Ship of Fools, Machine>Barstools and Surprise Valley. These pins are in pre-order special pricing which ends on April 29th. All pins are engraved with TRiPP’s signature, TRiPPs Prints logo, and the # of each pin on the back. Each design has double pins on back so that the pin won’t spin.

Single pins can be pre-ordered at a special price of $20 including shipping. Fans can order all 6 pins can be pre-ordered at a special price of $100 including shipping. All orders will ship around May 15th.

Pins can be ordered through TRiPP’s site or by email


AJ Masthay’s Widespread Panic Oak Mountain prints and Bethel sneak peek

From PhanArtist AJ Masthay:  I have a very limited amount of matching numbered sets of my latest works for Widespread Panic currently available on my website. These prints were made for the band’s long awaited return to Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham, AL which was filmed for an upcoming DVD release. Check them out on my poster store page.

There’s also just a couple subscriptions remaining for complete sets of my 1st leg prints. These sets will include Bethel triptychs (see below for the 3rd pane), PNC, Alpharetta and Portsmouth. Grab the now and you wont have to sweat any of the individual onsale dates/times! View my subscription page for additional details. Feel free to get in touch with me at aj@masthaystudios with any questions. See ya in Bethel! AJ


Pin Me Down Designs

Pin Me Down Designs is the creation of Josh & Christy from North Carolina. Having been on tour since 1996, you may have seen them flip quesadillas on lot. They have been designing pins since summer 2009. Most of the pins are produced in small quantities or limited editions and designed based on their love of music.  Josh and Christy try to keep their designs modern and make their pins suitable for clothing, bags, hats or collecting. Each pin incorporates the limits of what can be done with a pin (i.e. the book pin and their spinner pins). Although most of their pins can be found on their website, they doe make a few ‘lot only’ pins that can only be found at shows.

The pins seen here include the Ghost Book Pin which is an actual tiny book that opens to read “Summer Tour 2011” on the left page. The tour dates and cities are listed on the right page. This pin is a limited edition of 300 for the first leg of Summer 2011. It measures 1.25” and has a double posted back. Cost for the pin is $20 plus $3 shipping and handling.

The Ghost Pin is a super cute Mini-Pac-Man style ghost wearing the Cheerio dress. This pin is .5” and has 1 post and is perfect to rock low key style. Cost for this pin is $10 with $3 shipping and handling.

Trey/Jedi Pin: This brand new design says Trey and flips to read Jedi. It features Trey’s Languedoc and a glow in the dark light saber! This pin measures 2” from guitar to tip of light saber and is double backed. This pin costs $18 with $3 shipping and handling.

Ghost Pin

Ghost Book Pin

Trey/Jedi Pin

New auction from PhanArt – 3 shirts and much more!

Our latest auction for The Mockingbird Foundation featured three Phish shirts, a copy of the novel ‘The Melody of Motion: Following Phish and Widespread Panic’ autographed by author Carl Cole and a ‘Trey, please save me from your followers’ sticker.

Click here to bid on these items and support music education!

All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Mockingbird Foundation, which supports music education across the country. Check out for more info.

Makisupa Stop and Search was designed by Buds, a take on the Mr. Brainwash’s original art. The shirt size is Large on a Hanes tagless short sleeve t-shirt

Alaska, I’ll Stay Right Here is designed by Kale Worden featured the Moose image on the upper back of the short sleeve shirt, which is size XXL on a Gildan t-shirt

The Melody of Motion: Following Phish and Widespread Panic is a novel written and autographed by Carl Cole. Carl spent many years on Phish and Panic tour and this book is a testament to the bonds developed through the traveling fans that cross the country to see the music each night. For an in depth review, visit

Trey, please save me from your followers sticker is made by Jiggs

Otis Redding shirt is a reference to the Phish song ‘I Didn’t Know’ with a picture of Otis Redding on the front and ‘I didn’t know that I was that far gone’ on the back. The short sleeve shirt is a size XL

Magnets for Mockingbird!

From our good friend Jiggs, an auction to support The Mockingbird Foundation:

I have put together a collection of 22 different Jiggs magnets to auction for the Mockingbird Foundation. Included are a few that are not currently available, as well as some older stickers that I no longer offer. The auction will run for 7 days, and all the proceeds go through eBay directly to Mockingbird.

The set includes: Stop Analyzing & Enjoy Yourself, Fest 8/Super 8, Alaska/Piano, Tweezer Madness, Reba Alliance, Jiggs Logo, Maze, Bethel 2011, The original 7 Below/7 Eleven, Stasheville, A laser pointer doesn’t make you Chris Kuroda, ASIHTOS, Whalecallers, Ghost, Festival 8 Sticker, Miami NYE 2009, The original YEMSG sticker, That was a hell of a lot longer than 15 minutes, Let Fish Sing, Trey please save me from your followers, Tube, and My Friend.

Go here to bid!