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.

Phish beats George Michael/WHAM on EW.com Guilty Pleasure Poll. In other news, two armed man beats up no armed man.

Entertainment Weekly/Weakly’s Whitney Pastorek created a cool idea that folks in the 30-50 demographic would have been all over. Vote on the greatest guilty pleasure of all time! bands like Poison, Ace of Base, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Meatloaf, and of course, the greatest ‘guilty pleasure’ ever, Phish.

Wait, Phish? It’s a guilty pleasure? By definition, a guilty pleasure is something you enjoy, but feel bad about doing. A few of these bands don’t follow that mindset: Barry Manilow, Journey, Stone Temple Pilots, Garth Brooks (if you like country music) Phil Collins/Genesis (you have to seperate these, phil is a guilty pleasure, but not when he was with genesis!), and of course, Neil Diamond.

So the poll had a few non-guilty pleasures. When Phish is up against (in round by round order) Nickelback, Mariah Carey, Ace of Base, Barry Manilow, and now George Michael/Wham in the finals, exactly who do you think is going to win this?

Phish fans are organized enough to vote en masse for a poll as flawed and time-wasting as this one. Had Phish not been there, the site traffic would have been considerably lower, because no Phish fan will let the 16-seed Phish fall to any of those bands.

I have been informed by Whitney that Phish has won, and the final poll will be out shortly, with a considerable victory for Phish.

We did it! Phish is back, and the fans are back based on the support Phish got in the face of being told not to ‘rig’ voting (i guess thats what Whitney thinks of a landslide vote for one side).

Next Poll, lets do who’s the better jamband: make sure to include Buster Poindexter, Creed, Rihanna, The Moody Blues, Slayer, Insane Clown Posse, and The Cars. No doubt there fans will rise up and make themselves a sandwich and ignore yet another pointless and flawed poll.

But we won! YAY!!!!!!?

Note: Not all bands are actually Guilty Pleasures
Note: Not all bands are actually Guilty Pleasures

Phish announces Festival 8 schedule, Sunday AM acoustic set, still no fall tour dates

Phish announced the schedule for Festival 8 today. 2 sets on friday @ 7:30 and 10, 3 on saturday, the first set at 3pm, the Halloween set starting at 7:30, and again at 10pm. Sunday has a first ever acoustic set at Noon, surely created to get the folks on the fence to jump off on the Indio side. The last two sets are at 5:30 and 8:30, provided plenty of time to pre-game for the night sets.

So an acoustic set? im thinking we’ll get Talk, Train Song, Billy Breathes, Perhaps Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan, and my bust-out call, ACOUSTIC ARMY!

make it happen boys!