Christine Lafferty’s Shirts and Such

Christine Lafferty has been making some great shirts for some time now. In addition to the shirts below, she has a Charlie Brown ‘Chalkdust Torture’ shirt that caught my eye at Darien Lake, prompting me to get in touch with her for the blog.

You can get these shirts by paypal-ing clafferty1@mac.com

Shirts include the aforementioned Chalkdust on white, and gray, and the shirts below.  They are available in all sizes, plus in tie-dye. She  can also tie dye any of the white chalkdust shirts by request

Christine also sells some clothing on skimadesigns.etsy.com. She make tons of kids dresses, shirts and adult shirts, skirts, etc.

She sells the shirts for $15, the tie dyes for $20. Check out Christine’s great shirts!

Backwards Down the Numberline front
Backwards Down the Numberline Back
Backwards Down the Numberline back
Backwards Down the Numberline Front
Fluffhead front
Fluffhead front
Fluffhead Back
Fluffhead Back

Phish’s Tramps are OUR Tramps! The True Story of GBOTT (Get Back on the Tramps)

You know those trampolines Trey and Mike bounce on? They are the result of the efforts of Jim Tewksbury and a few other folks who sought to get the boys new tramps, as the old ones were destroyed at show-that-must-not-be-named. With the help of Phantasytour.com, the Ross Compressor Pedal made it’s way to Trey, and soon after, ideas starting popping up in his head.

gbott

Jim’s story:
With money left over from the Ross Fund, sixtwenty294, bailedwiththehay, who_is_she, Julie Parker, myself and a few others commenced a multi-fronted campaign to buy new tramps for the band, and we began bombarding John Langenstein, Chris Kuroda, the gals at the Phish office, everyone we could contact and think of.

We asked that they keep a lid on the GBOTT (Get Back on the Tramps) project, as to keep it a surprise for the guys.

tramps o9~March

We initially wanted to get the tramps in through a staff member and then pass them up from the stash spot on the sound/lightboard, to the band, handing them forward through the crowd, as to complete the circle from Coventry.

We tried valiantly for months. Finally, Adam Bollinger, aka bailedwiththehay got a response from Langenstein, about two weeks before Hampton. John and Adam met up on the Wednesday prior to the shows and John brought the new tramps in.

Mission accomplished.

trey

However, we were shot down initially by Red Light Management, stating that the guys couldn’t use our tramps for liability reasons.

Well, as it turned out, according to Langenstein, the tramps Phish had purchased had a broken spring, so they used ours.

After the show, Adam emailed Langenstein:

“John,
i have tried to find you around the lots and inside so i could shake your hand and thank you for helping with the trampolines. i know you are busy but can you please tell me if those were our trampolines they used friday night?
Adam”

…he responded….

“Adam:
Good morning.
I can confirm that they indeed were YOUR trampolines.
I can confirm that the band knew they were YOUR trampolines….
Thank you very much !
See you in the lots…

Cheers:
Langenstein”

tramps!

There you have it folks! The true story behind the Tramps. So when they play YEM at Indio, remember that the fans got them for the band, and the band knows it. It just doesnt happen with any other band!

Photos by Jim Tewksbury

Jiggs: Purveyor of Fine Stickers and Shirts for 8, since 2009

Our first in a long series of fan creations introduces The Art of Jiggs, a fan from North Carolina who has been ahead of the curve with his creations. Here we exhibit some of his newest designs for the upcoming shows this fall

Jiggs was the original designer of the 7-11/7-below sticker

Jiggs' 7 below
Jiggs' 7 below

His newest creations include this sticker for 8.

8 sticker by Jiggs
8 sticker by Jiggs

The sticker was originally just a practice design, and blossomed into this final design. It’s a 4.25 inch black and white vinyl square. There were only 260 of these made, and currently there’s only about 80 left. these are 1 for 2, or 3 for 5.

Indio Sticker
1 for $2.00

3 for $5.00

FEST 8 SHIRT

Fest 8 Indio Jiggs
Fest 8 Indio Jiggs

This shirt was another in a line of logo parodies done over the spring and summer. The classic Super 8 inspired logo was a reference to the “do you have your hotel booked?” attitude that was rampant upon the announcement of the festival. There are only 4 left from the run, all XL, 2 long sleeve, and two short sleeve. 15 for short, 20 for long. – Since there are only 4 left, you may want to email him to see if there are any left before purchasing. mrminor@gmail.com.

FEST 8 Shirts
Short Sleeve XL $15.00

Long Sleeve XL $20.00

Jiggs also came up with this recent Chris Kuroda sticker, seen below.

a laser pointer doesnt make you chris kuroda
a laser pointer doesnt make you chris kuroda

It has been spotted on Kuroda’s own light board!

shorelinestickerkurooda

The sticker is still available, by the way…1 for 2, 3 for 5.

KURODA STICKER PAYPAL:

Kuroda Sticker
1 for $2.00

3 for $5.00

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts and stickers will go to The Mockingbird Foundation, supporting music education nationwide.

Phish in Albany = get a hotel room close and wisely

Phish is playing in Albany 11/27 and 28, and we have a little issue with hotels in Albany – there arent many near the venue, and the ones that are within walking distance are more-than-likely sold out by now. These include the Crown Plaza, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn. In the past, friends have gotten hotels, only to find out they are very far away from The Knick (currently the Times Union Center, but dont call it that, please) and that cabs in Albany take forever to sometimes show up for a pickup.

So as a courtesy to Phish fans coming into my hometown for Phish this Thanksgiving, 3 hotels that are close to the venue, a short drive to downtown, and as of this posting, had vacancy at decent rates.

You can tell ’em PhanArt sent ya, but this isnt quid pro quo. We just want you to be cozy. And not in no-mans land


Motel 6


Red Carpet Inn


Clarion Hotel

New Auction to Benefit The Mockingbird Foundation featuring the work of Bruce Horan!

Check out this great piece by Bruce Horan:

Bruce Horan’s ‘Phenway’

Bruce Horan's Phenway
Bruce Horan's Phenway

Bruce Horan’s poster ‘Phenway’, created for the Phish show at Fenway Park, Boston, on 5/31/09. It measures 9.5 X 13 and features a baseball-esque fish, or a fish-inspired baseball. Either way, a great piece of art to remember the start to a great first summer tour back for Phish.

Horan is a featured artist in PhanArt, and has graciously donated multiple posters to be auctioned off for benefit of The Mockingbird Foundation

BID NOW!!

The Mockingbird Foundation: Fans Giving Back to the Community

Today, we feature the first in our monthly series of charitable organizations in the extensive live-music community. The Mockingbird Foundation is a leading provider of historical information about the band Phish and its music. Conceived in 1996, and founded in 1997, the Foundation is operated entirely by volunteers, without any salaries or paid staff. It fundraises for music education for children by celebrating the music of Phish. Its comprehensive books, innovative recordings, creative donation premiums, and special events for the Phish fan community have raised more than $250K and funded scores of grants so far. The Foundation will release a second edition of The Phish Companion this summer, will announce its next round of grant recipients in October, and will announce some important management changes in one week.

The Mockingbird Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization of Phish fans, founded to raise money for charity. The original project was the compilation of the most factually accurate and delightfully literary book on Phish’s music available, with contributions from as many fans as possible. The Foundation now produces a wider range of resources and diversions for fans, including a Phish cover album. No member or volunteer benefits financially from the Foundation in any way, and all proceeds from Mockingbird projects are donated to tax-exempt organizations. The Foundation’s primary purpose is charitable, out of love for and thanks to Phish for their inspiring music.

The Mockingbird Foundation is an unconventional organization: it has no salaries, paid staff, office space, or endowment — thus distributing all possible funds to charity. It exists almost exlcusively online, using the Internet to avoid travel and other expenses typically associated with grant-making entities. The Foundation has earned 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from Internal Revenue Service, thus making donations tax-deductible. Such contributions to the Foundation are applied directly to the next round of regular grants in the funding cycle. (source: mbird.org)

The Mockingbird Foundation is also the recipient of all net-profits from the sale of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, the book for which this website was created. So far, we have raised nearly $1,000 for MBird, and that number will only increase in time.

Pick up a copy of PhanArt today, and help support music education nationwide!
www.phanart.net/store.html

PhanArtist Profile: AJ Masthay

Today we feature out first in a long series of PhanArtists, those creative individuals who were part of the first incarnation of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, and have continued to share their artists creations and endeavors with the Phish community.

Aaron “AJ” Masthay burst into the concert print scene in 2001 with his editions of linoleum blockprints. Traditionally trained at the Hartford Art School, AJ designs, carves, and prints every piece of art by hand. With art firmly based in realism, he uses multiple colors, subject matter, and composition to draw the viewer in. AJ recently moved his shop, Masthay Studios, and is now located out of West Hartford, CT.

AJ has created some amazing prints in the past year, including the Bass Bomb for Hampton, Bass Bomb 2 (thanks to a huge response for the first print), Red Rocks TRex, The First Official McLovins Posters, and an amazing Geisha poster for the PhanArt kickoff party in February.

AJ is one of the great artists to emerge from the Phish scene, and stands to produce great things for many years to come.

Check out his work at www.masthaystudios.com

AJ’s newest is a tryptic for the shows in Indio, CA, at the end of October. 3 amazing posters, The Horseman
(Limited edition of 66, 7 color lino block print), Gill-o-tine (Limited edition of 131, 8 color lino block print), and Satan’s Stew
(Limited edition of 66, 8 color lino block print)

While the Gill-o-tine prints will be available individually (#’s 67-131), #’s 1-66 will only be offered as a set of three. Onsale date and time for all prints is Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 12 noon EST. Prints are limited to 2 per person.
A Matching set of all three prints – $100.00 plus shipping
A Single Gill-o-tine print – $35 plus shipping

Check out these images below, as well as on his website

John Street Graphics: THE fan business for printing lot-shirts

The first in our series of fan-businesses profiles John Street Graphics, hands down the best place to get your lot shirts made for a solid price. Based in Matthews, NC, and run by Kyle Donaghy, of moe.’s ‘Kyle’s Song’ fame, John Street Graphics specializes in screenprinting and embroidery.

A little background on John Street (johnstreet.net)

John Street Graphics was started in 1991 in the town of Matthews, North Carloina by Kyle Donaghy. Their history with lot shirts goes back to the early 90’s when they would go to Grateful Dead shows and sell tees to pay for road trips. Kyle and his friends sold shirts, following the Dead up and down the east coast for 5 years or so. Their most famous Dead tee being the green Charlotte Dead shirt they had on the lot in the spring of 1995, and the Spring Tripping Atlanta shirt from 1994.
Around ’94 Kyle, his brother Ryan and friend Chris Pettyjohnstarted seeing Phish, but didn’t make any lot shirts until the Raleigh show in Summer 95. Their first successful shirt was the YEM/STP shirt that debuted at the Clifford Ball shows

Kyle put a custom design on the back for the shows, which became the tradition from then on. It was then that they met up with Tripp Shealy, who had his own cool tee he sold featuring some of his early ‘now famous’ art.

John Street tees have been at a lot of great Phish shows over the years. The Clifford Ball, ’96 & ’98 Halloween shows, the Lemonwheel, Big Cypress, and Coventry. At almost any given time between New Years Run 1996 and Coventry, you could find Ryan or Chris selling John Street originals. “Lot Poster King” Tripp Shealy even learned how to print and worked at John Street!

John Street and Kyle are a significant part of the Phish Community, with Kyle noting “One of the greatest feelings in the world is to see one of your creations on someone in Colorado, or Washington State, or wherever! Thank you to all of you who have supported our love of touring and music through the years, we could not have done it without you! See you soon.”

What has John Street made you ask? Why only some of the most iconic Phish lot shirts seen in the past decade+.

Just to name a few:
Sneakin Sally Nut Bag Ale
Piper/PBR
Icculus/Adidas
Reba/Bass
YEM/STP
Llama/Camel
Bug/Mug Root Beer
I Survived Hiatus
and so many more….
(images coming soon)

You may have seen John Street Graphics next to the Merch tent at any moe.down in the last decade – they make and sell a great deal of moe. products as well.

Having used John Street for lot shirts for sometime now, I can say for the first time that John Street is an official ‘PhanArt Recommended, PhanArt Approved’ fan-business.

Check them out at Johnstreet.net or email Kyle at info@johnstreet.net

Tell ’em PhanArt sent ya.