Limited amount of AJ Masthay’s Bridge Session prints available

A limited number of prints from this past weekend’s Bridge Session event featuring Bob Weir and members of the National are now available through my webstore at Each of the six color linoleum block prints, featuring my take on the Grateful Dead’s iconic Steal Your Face, is signed and numbered from the edition of 400. Also available is the single Watercolor Variant. This print is numbered 1/1, and was created using traditional monotype techniques giving an overall “watercolor” effect to the image, truly one of a kind. Visit for more info on each of these prints.

Poll Results: Have you used the following forms of Social Media at a Phish show?

Last week, we asked Phish fans to share if they do or do not use certain forms of social media while at a Phish show. The results of the survey are seen below:

Facebook – adding photo (s) – 44% 

Facebook – status update (s) – 42%

Twitter – to find out what song they are/were playing – 35%

Twitter – tweeting just a few times a show – 35%

None – I do not use social media at all at a Phish show – 32%

Twitter – uploading a picture (s) – 28%

Facebook – commenting on status(es) and/or photo(s) – 24%

Twitter – responding to tweets – 20%

Twitter – tweeting a setlist (partial or full) – 18%

Facebook – checked in – 15%

FourSquare – checked in – 11%

Of course, this survey is not scientifically accurate. A small sample size (324 votes) does not indicate that this survey is 100% indicative of any given Phish crowd, but it does provide some insight into the frequency of use of social media at a given Phish show.

The most popular responses were using Facebook to add a photo or update status, something commonly seen by those on Couch Tour. Using Twitter to see what song was being played or tweeting a few times a show had an equal number of responses. Slightly fewer, but more than ¼ of respondents said that they uploaded a picture to Twitter during a show and slightly less than ¼ responded to Tweets or commented on Facebook statuses and photos.

Almost 1/3 noted that they do not use social media at all during a Phish show, which may wind up being a higher number, since social media (Facebook and Twitter) were the main ways in which fans were alerted to the survey, making the survey somewhat slanted towards those who are already using social media. If this survey had been sent out over email, there might be a higher number reporting they do not use social media at a show. Essentially, the outreach for this simple survey was akin to taking a phone survey to ask if people if they use a phone. The answers will of course, be skewed. But as mentioned before, this was not designed as a comprehensive, PEW Research Group/GallupPoll level of surveying.

The least responses came regarding tweeting a partial of full setlist, something that is seen by many on Twitter but as a percent of those at a Phish show, the number is quite low (note: PhanArt tweets a full setlist and still enjoys the show, every single time, just like many others). The least popular responses were checking in, whether on Facebook or FourSquare, something that seems to be done by not as many people in general lately, but still notable and present in the world of social media.

A question was brought up in the forum regarding message boards as being social media. A short discussion ensued where valid points were made arguing that message boards were or were not a form of social media. While the majority agreed that a message board constitutes social media, the question does arise – Do you go on message boards during a show, especially when there are faster ways of accessing and sharing information with others? The number of those who use message boards in this manner at a Phish show remains to be seen, but is predictably on the lower end of the response scale.

The role of social media is a large one in society and clearly quite present at Phish shows, generating perhaps around 30-33% of fans using a form of social media as defined in this survey, while at a Phish show. If you choose not to use social media, that decision is well respected by many in the Phish community, both on and off line. But if you do use social media, don’t forget to pay attention to the show and live in the moment. It’s awesome when Phish plays Sanity, but five tweets or two statuses explaining how excited you are to hear this song may interrupt actually taking in the song and enjoying it in its live setting.

Franky Scaglione’s ‘Rex Membra’ Radiohead print

The Denver days have been full of sun, March Madness is setting in, and I can feel summer tour knocking at the door… In the meantime, I wanted to share my latest work, a breakout from the Phish prints… a limited edition screen print run for Radiohead! I recognize that most of you are on the mailing list because you are interested in the Phish prints, but I figure there is enough spill-over into the Radiohead fan base and loyal art supporters… so, please have a look!

Rex Membra

The print commemorates Radiohead’s first Colorado performance in nearly nine years, one special evening at the intimate 1stBank Center in Broomfield. Rex Membra (latin for king of limbs) is my interpretation of the sovereign timber… a translation from the king of dinosaurs. Lauding the big-bellied oak tree of the Savernake Forest (in Wiltshire, which the album was named after), I played with the annual rings and tied-in the rex-rooted limbs.


Rex Membra is a LE screen print run of 100 on archival 100lb Cougar opaque white paper (24″ x 18″), all signed and numbered. Please contact me if you are interested in ordering a print… I’ll take requests for numbers on a first come-first serve basis, and will begin shipping orders later this week. Price is $35 including shipping/handling, reinforced postertube, etc. to anywhere in the US/Canada. And, as always, all subscribers (who have purchased at least four consecutive prints) will be receiving free shipping (and of course, you’ll receive the same number print that you’ve gotten in the past); just remind me when you send payment. For anyone that would like to become a subscriber, I am happy to reserve the same print number for you (as long as it’s still available) and guarantee you free shipping for every print after four purchased. Please just let me know… Ciao, Franky.

Rex Membra
Radiohead: Broomfield 2012
Edition of 100
100lb Cougar Opaque White
24″ x 18″

Pick one up by emailing  Franky – paisleyblue(at)gmail(dot)com

Check out more of Franky’s art at and

Shit Phish Fans Say

This video was shot with great help from a number of people. A great thanks to all of you who helped to make this possible.

Director of Photography and Editing: Jen Morgan

Directed by: Jen Morgan and Pete Mason

Produced by: Pete Mason


Kyle E., AFF, Chris De Cotis, Erika Fallon, Pete Mason

and featuring Halley

Written by Pete Mason and the following fans on Facebook and Twitter:

Damien Palanza, Jaq Tothephuture, Robyn Stein, Kelli Konz O’Brien,, Stevie Klaus, Mike Perry, Derick Greiner, Scott Williams, Andrew King, Andrew Simon, Patrick Keenan, Joanna Prewett-Sanders, Steve Kucinsky, Julius Tweezer, Karen Sweeney, Joe Brumfield, Joe Brumfield, Yosh Katz, Beverly Schwartz, Sarah Vance, Mike Brown, Maria DiChiappari, Lou Carta, Amy Pedatella, George Houghton, Scott Woodall, Brennan Smith, Davisson A Benson, Brad Tenem, Tim Joseph, Jake Huffman, David Paul Kleinman, Susan Rice, Danielle Polly, Courtney Davis, Lisa Holder, Karl Schmidt, Brian Gluck, and Tela Phishman.

@doochey, @surefootedllama, @axillapt3, @mbvisor, @Treyenthusiast, @Alliedise, @apple0229, @P1NT, @jess_staab, @surrenderedflow, @ChinaKatSunflwr, @apple0229, @SaxNStrikeouts, @aaronpethic, @IamKrivoruk, @Tao_Of_Jeff, @the_man_mulcahy, @Languagestrange, @Jiggslikesphish, @StrongPROGress, @JamminTurtle, @Frawg_Dawg, @secretcabdriver, @M_R_Cohen, @Lauren Sullivan, @Christy_420, @Surrenderedflow, @DanMar85, @tpod17, @kipconner, @granPaPaa, @ChaCheesePlease, @axillapt3, @joeymoore21

Setlist Tees, a Unique Concert T-shirt Combo

Ryan Stanley had a dream. His dream was that he could wear a T-Shirt that represented memories of his favorite concerts, the shows he’s been to and shows he wishes he’d been to. Ryan has a friend named Rick, a fellow music enthusiast who owns his own graphic design company. One night in October of 2010 the two friends got together over several cold beers at a local watering hole and put the seeds in the ground for what would eventually become The shirts below are a small sampling of what they have designed and made for sale on their site.

7/2/94 – Garden State Arts Center

One of our more popular shirts with the old school cassette on the front.This was also a special show for me, as it was the second of nine shows that I went to that summer and it was just the beginning of my first ‘Tour’.

7/8/94 – Great Woods

Part of that same tour and the last time that Phish played Gamehenge.What a summer. The design is the date surrounded by trees which is in reference to Great Woods, but may also be considered the forest of Gamehenge

12/2/09 – Madison Square Garden

First show at MSG in 3.0 – Also the first show at MSG for Phans who were too young to see them previously in NYC. There’s no place like the Garden. The design is literally a Square Garden with the date growing out of it.

9/2/11 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

The ‘S’ show! I remember listening to this show from the comfort of my Couch Tour and the lightbulb going off about 3 songs in that they were all S songs and really looking forward to the rest of the show to see if they’d pull the whole thing off. We’ve actually got 3 versions of this shirt. The one pictured is based off of the Superman logo because the show was So Super!!

10/20/10 – Guyutica

Considered by many to be a highlight of 2010 (which is saying a lot) – Personally this is one of my absolute favorite designs that we have.

6/22/94 – Veterans Memorial Auditorium

The second set from this show is literally one of my all time favorite sets. It takes place in Columbus OH – Hence the Columbus on the front of the shirt.

Pick up these shirts and suggest others at and find them on the web at, and

Rhombus and Golden Age pins from 10 Minute Tube Designs

From 10 Minute Tube Designs comes two new pins….

Golden Age “Blowin’ Up Like a Ghetto Blaster”

This pin is based on a concept by Greg ShowOfLife and Produced by 10 Minute Tube. The pin measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, has a two prong back and a design that is ‘loaded with glitter for that BLING.’ These pins come in a limited edition of 300, each numbered, of which 10 Minute Tube is selling 150 online. The back is also stamped with the 10 Minute Tube Brand on the back
The Rhombus
This pin measure 1 1/2″, has a 3 prong back and is backstamped with the 10 Minute Tube design team name. The “Icculus Was Here” part glows-in-the-dark and the lizard is blinged out in glitter. 200 have been made so pick these up today!
You can get both of these pins at

Alaska Pins from Jiggs

Introducing Jiggs’ Alaska Pin with removable spinner!

This 9 color Alaska pin is made with black nickel. Measuring at 1.25″ with out the spinner and just under 1.5″ with the spinner attached. The spinner features the words popping above the mountains. The “old piano” features a moose (also in black nickle) stamped right above the keys. The spinner stays in place with the top clutch, and can easily be replaced with one of the locking pin backs. (Mine has stayed with a black rubber clutch, but you may want a locking one just to be sure).

They are LE of only 100, and numbered on the back and stamped with the Jiggs logo. $15 shipped while they last.

Get yours here.

AJ Masthay Phish Summer Tour Leg 1 Subscription info

From AJ Masthay and on-sale this Friday, March 9th at 12 noon EST…

God, it seems like New Years was ages ago… but we finally have our dates and I’m happy to announce Masthay Studios will once again be offering up a limited number of subscriptions for the first leg of Summer 2012!  Two subscription options will be available, Regular andEnhanced, both of which will be available this Friday, March 9th at 12 noon EST on the Subscription Page

The regular subscription entitles the purchaser to every print created by Masthay Studios for the first leg of Summer 2012. This is absolutely the best way to ensure you receive those “high demand” prints, especially considering some prints may be exclusively available at the venue or associated poster shows.
Cost of the regular subscription is $300 including insured shipping.

The Enhanced subscription gives you the opportunity to choose two prints/panels from the sub to be “given the treatment”. The chosen prints will have their borders painstakingly enhanced with full color drawings by the artist, each a one-of-a-kind work of art. If there was a Ferrari of the print world, these would be it. Check out the Enhanced Print Gallery on our Flickr page to see examples of previously enhanced prints.
Cost of the enhanced subscription is $600 including insured shipping.

Subscription details:

  • Each subscription will include matching numbers and will be sent in one shipment once all prints are completed.
  • A minimum of 10 prints will be included in each sub. Within the 10 will be at least one triptych and one set of mini-prints. If time allows and additional prints for the 1st leg of summer 2012 are created, they will automatically be included in the sub.
  • 1st Leg subs will only include prints associated with the 1st leg of summer tour. Any prints for other bands or organizations created during that time will not be included.
  • Enhanced subscriptions take a significant amount of time to complete. Please allow for additional time to complete these enhancements before the subscription will ship.
  • Enhanced sub holders will be given the option to have all three panels of the triptych enhanced at an additional cost. Note – this additional cost covers only the three panels of the triptych, not the triptych in addition to two other prints.

Upcoming Gallery Show at the Windsor Art Center

For those of you in the northeast, join me and my fellow Connecticut printmakers at the opening reception of the 1st Annual Connecticut Printmakers Invitational on Saturday, March 17th from 5-7pm. The show itself features 12 printmakers all using different print techniques. Details on the show including gallery info, artist’s talks and printmaking demos can be found online at

As always, thank you for supporting the work of Masthay Studios. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments and we’ll see you this summer!