Caleb Williamson has always had his eye out for a map of Gamehendge, but has failed to find one… so he figured he would make one for himself and fans alike! This creative map ties together the classic lyrics of The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday with the old time feel of a fantasy map. This print is hand drawn and is a digital print measuring 11″x 17″.
“The Tree of Knowledge in your soul will grow”. On February 7th, 1988, Fly Famous Mockingbird made its live debut at Nectars. 25 years later and now our faithful friend can be yours with this new Limited Edition Fly Famous Mockingbird Pin, another great creation from PaulyPins.
Fly Famous Mockingbird
1.25″ – LE 100 3 styles.
(34 Gold, 33 silver, 33 bronze)
$16 free shipping. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org paypal send as gift thanks.
Ryan Kerrigan is a long time Phish goer and artist on the scene. Having been on tour for many years and seeing him and his work all over the lot, I caught up with him to get the scoop about his love for art, his family and Phish! Ryan is from Berkeley. California and has a great website for his art, check his Facebook page Here! Ryan is really talented and does an array of art, from prints, pins, stickers, clothing and cards to 60 second sketches.
Kelley Zilembo: How long have you been seeing Phish?
Ryan Kerrigan: July 18, 1991 was my first live Phish show.
KZ: How many shows have you seen?
RK: Before I got to 100 shows, I made the conscious decision to purposefully stop keeping track of how many notches were on my belt…I didn’t want to add any arbitrary significance to a particular show…but if I had to guess I’d say in the neighborhood of 300 shows.
KZ: What is your favorite year of Phish and why?
RK: 2013 because we still get to experience it live.
KZ: What has inspired you to be an artist?
RK: Saturday morning cartoons and baseball cards when I was young….as I sauntered into the college years I quickly understood that music would become (and really had always been) my greatest source of inspiration.
KZ: When did you start selling your Phish and music inspired art?
RK: Summer tour 1998 was the first time I shared my Phish inspired artwork, the ‘Technicolor Dreamcoat’ print.
KZ: How did your signature happy fish come about?
RK: I had a teacher in grade school who created a project where we had to illustrate different words in the shape of what that word was (like banana, or football). I loved it and it always stuck with me, though I never really did anything with it. There were four shows in 2010 (Hartford, Utica, Amherst and Worcester) that I did posters for where I contained all the words (city, state, and date) within the contour of these big sleepy looking fishies. My mother really dug them and said I should do a whole tour of them … so I did! And summer tour 2011 started what has become the happy fish series of posters and pins!
Worcester December 27 & 28, 2010
KZ: You have a variety of art that you are making, from 60 second drawings to baseball cards to posters to clothing to making pins; what is your favorite form of art and why?
RK: Whenever I attend a show, or any event really, I have a 4″x6″ sketchbook on me and a black micron pen … just black ink on paper … something about it makes me feel most content.
60 Second Sketch- Charlotte, NC August 26, 2012
Happy Fish Leg 2, 2012
Party at the Lamppost- 100% preshrunk cotton
KZ: Do you have any plans for expanding to other forms of art that you haven’t tackled yet? If so, is there anything you can share with us about your future plans?
RK: I designed an electrical box in downtown Berkeley! It’s always fun to see my work end up in so many forms, but truly I’m in love with my marker/watercolor/pencil combo, as far as creation goes…but ya never know what will happen!
Ryan showing his daughter his art on the electrical box he did in Berkeley
KZ: What are your thoughts on the resurgence of lot art at Phish shows, especially now that we have Facebook and Twitter to promote art?
RK: It’s fantastic! There are so many remarkably talented people expressing themselves on tour, as well as an equal amount of art-lovers eager to support the artists.
KZ: You seem to have such a wonderful connection with your daughter, art, and music. How has fatherhood influenced your artistic style?
RK: Not so much the style, but in just about everything I draw, I feel I’m creating for her, kind of like keeping a journal. She’ll be able to look back and see what d’ah was doing when she was three. A greater responsibility perhaps? I’ve always taken pride in my work but with my daughter, everything feels like it has more purpose.
Hard at work with Dad!
KZ: Living in Berkeley, what Bay Area bands and causes have you worked with in the past?
RK: I have worked quite a bit with ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Hot Buttered Rum, California Honeydrops, The Bay Recorders Organization, The Earth Island Institute, High Sierra Music, and many more.
California Honeydrops- Summer Heat Tour 2012
KZ: Do you do any art for local bands or businesses? If so, who and what was your inspiration to work for them?
RK: All the time! I like to have a connection to the people I am working for, it’s fun to see your work around town too!
KZ: Do you ever find yourself facing artists-block (ala writers-block), when it comes to Phish?
KZ: Do you have any plans of music festivals this summer that you plan on attending to sell your work?
RK: Most likely a good deal of tour! I’ll be at High Sierra Music Festival for the 13th time. I’ll be taking part in the annual Rock Poster Society’s show in San Francisco and there will most likely be a few other things popping up!
Keep your eye out for Ryan and his work throughout summer tour!
Colorado artist Shay Campbell will hold her first solo art show on March 1st from 5-9pm at Highland Pacific Restaurant, with a reception that night and an exhibit on display for the entire month of March. Check out the event here and some of Shay’s work below.
In collaboration with Larry Wookles, the minds at StuPINdous Creations bring you this limited edition Baby Antelope Tie, a 100% silk grey tie, woven and with a custom back label – Rye Rye Rocco. Just $40 and only 100 were made.
Christopher Pike began a thread on Phish.net a few years ago offering his painting skills to create pieces of art based on interpretations of Phans favorite shows, or personal show experiences. Soon thereafter, there was a long line generating for everyone who wanted their experiences laid down on canvas. He just donated one of his painting to the Barefoot Bob Memorial, showing his compassion for this community. I recently sat down with him to pick his brain about his work. His name is Chris Pike, better known as Captain Pookie.
Chris Stowell: How long have you been painting?
Captain Pookie: I started painting 13 years ago. I had just moved home to Watkins Glen after spending a portion of the ’90’s in Asheville. The change on environment was a little shocking and I found myself bored and a little blue. I was at the store one day and bought a canvas and some cheap acrylic paints on a lark. I was probably stoned at the time.
CS: Wow, it’s amazing what a change in environment can do. Are there any other mediums you work with, either with paint, or without?
CP: For sure. I’ve always had creative outlets since my earliest memories. I was raised in an environment that was very supportive of expression of creativity. I can play 5 different instruments and have played in bands regularly since the eight grade. I’ve always written fictitious stories – that’s probably what I’ve done the longest. My first novel was published in 2005. Really, there isn’t any medium I won’t tackle, but music, writing and painting get all of my time.
CS: Your book is still on my reading list. Alright, time to get a little Phishy, then we will get back to your works of art. When did you start listening to Phish, and what was your first show?
CP: Well, the first time that I HEARD Phish was sometime in 1995. I was hanging out at my best friends house and A Live One had just been released and he was playing it. I remember really liking Bouncing’ and Stash, but for whatever reason… perhaps for no reason at all I never got that into them at that time. Which is a drag because my friends were going to so many great Phish events like Clifford Ball, lots of 95, 96 and 97 shows. I turned down a ticket to the Fleezer show for Christ’s sake. My head was just in a different musical space at the time, which I don’t regret at all because what I was onto was very fulfilling and uplifting to me. So Really, I’m a 3.0 noob. My first show was Fenway in April 09.
CS: Alright, back to your painting. What made you decide to start doing Phish inspired paintings? Other than your love for the band, of course
CP: I’ve always reacted to music, and emotional stimuli in general, in two very specific ways. One is that I will fell a sensation that my body is changing shape. It manifests mostly in my face. It’s like an invisible force is pulling gently on my flesh and my insides. I also see color patterns…like I really SEE them. I’ve never been one to close my eyes at any bands performance, but if the band gets going at a good clip, or falls into some deep mind groove my vision tends to blur and I just sort of find myself in this dimension of puddles of colors that are reacting to the sounds being made. I think it may be my mind’s response to the elation the music brings me. Anyway, eventually I started painting approximations of what I would see while listening to music at home.
CS: It’s clear how much the music influences your work in that sense. So I’ve noticed that there are a few themes incorporated in to your work. What are they and what do they represent? The eye in specific.
CP: Yeah, the eye. Eyes have always made appearances in my work. And I’m not sure I’ve ever thought, “I shall paint an eye here for this reason.” I don’t necessarily lump myself into the surrealist movement, but the surrealists have a conceptual tool they use called Automatism, or Automatic Drawing where they draw unconsciously, doing their best to just allow their hand to create something where the next movement is informed only by the one before it, as opposed to getting one pre-determined image onto paper. It’s similar to how I paint. I usually only ever start with one shape or a flow of one particular color and then each step is created in light of the previous with no conscious reason. I think I might be hesitant to pry apart my psyche and find reasons why certain symbols are there. I’d rather just feel any emotion that an artistic piece emits as opposed to analyzing it.
CS: I totally understand not prying apart your psyche. That was way more in depth than I expected. Thank you so much for opening up about that. When a client approaches you to do a painting for them, what kind of questions do you ask them, or do you just ask for a show they are inspired by?
CP: Well it starts with them wanting me to paint a specific show that means something to them, whether it was their first show or whether there is an intense emotional memory tied to it. I like for them to give me as much back-story as they are willing to so I can get an idea of the emotional and mental space they were in that day. I’ve done some painting for people that had very heavy reasons behind them. Certainly several for people who have lost loved ones or close friends and they want me to memorialize a show they were at with that person. It’s pretty heavy when people open parts of themselves that deep and raw for me to see. It’s really daunting to feel like I need to do something like that visual justice. It can be emotionally overwhelming a lot of times and a few times I’ve gotten teary-eyed having their story in my mind of just a gorgeous summer day and these kids driving across the country having belly laughs with their friends that they love with all their hearts and for one tragic reason or another they lose those friends and have these beautiful memories that they entrust me to do justice to. Then I listen to the show and try to “to tap in” as honestly as I can while painting it.
CS: These paintings hold so much value to their owners, that’s for sure. So where can people go to get their own painting?
CP: They can email me at email@example.com or message me at Captain Pookie on Phish.net I’m always interested in painting. Thanks for being interested!
Great thanks and appreciation goes to the following artists who were featured on PhanArt over December and January! Their incredible generosity and efforts to spread the art and donation to The Mockingbird Foundation in the process will help to promote music education throughout the country.
MSG NYE Pin From Pompeii Prints: 30 Lizards stickers, 3 Lizards pins, 1 Lizards hat, 1 Lizards shirt, 3 possum pins, 3 Fluffhead pins, 3 NYE MSG pins, 3 Makisupa stop and search & Icculus is the answer pin sets, 1 Makisupa stop and search shirt, 2 Icculus is the answer shirts.
Total:$190, 2 ties, 33 pins, 10+ posters, 30+ stickers, 1 hat, 4 shirts, 1 hoodie and a bunch of postcards raised for The Mockingbird Foundation through donations made by artists via sales on PhanArt.net and at Phish shows. Please continue to support these generous artists!
If you would like to purchase any of the items donated, please contact Pete at phanart (at) gmail.com
Presenting: The alPHabet! This poster, an idea of Pete Mason’s, with a little help from Mike Zwaryczuk, has been brought to life by Ryan Kerrigan. This poster takes you through all 26 letter of the alphabet, with a Phish-spin on things. A is for Antelope, B is for Bathtub, F is for Farmhouse and P is for Possum, among others. This print is great for fans of ALL ages and is suitable for framing and for learning the alPHabet properly.
This poster is printed in an edition of 420, measures 13″ x 15″ and is signed and numbered by the artist. The cost for the poster is $20 shipped. Pick one up below.
“We figured what better way to celebrate the new year then by paying tribute to the showmanship exhibited by the boys on the last night of last year. The design features a golfer in familiar garb driving a golf ball filled with the night’s festivities into the future. As with all of our shirts, the artwork will appear on the front of the shirt and the setlist from the night will appear on the back.”
Turn your Garden Party experience into a memorable shirt for just under $18! Click here to order!