From Mike Rueb, creator of the Tinder/Timber Ho shirts found at Dick’s last week:
The shirts were our first bit of art, although I have been a food vendor on lot for quite some time. We made 100 and they are the first edition and we will be selling them at Eugene and Seattle as well. The design was inspired by the dating app Tinder. The shirt is basically the user interface of the app with Jerry the Mule (the actual name of the song), where the name of the guy or girl you were looking at is located. The song debuted as a Phish cover in 1989, making it the age of 25 that accompanies the name. Currently there have been 79 performances, however they can change that very easily on fall tour, so if we do more shirts they will be updated. Cost is $20 with free shipping.
Reba’s Sweet Jam shirts from Brian Boj are part of his Phifty-Two Weeks series of art, where he creates one piece of Phish-inspired art each week for all of 2014. This is Part 10 of the series.
“This week’s art project is inspired by the Reba solo/jam. “Reba’s Sweet Jam” is actual jam/jelly! You can crack these open and make a mean PB&J. Phish.net points out that the word “ryba” in the Hebrew language means “jam” (specifically jam for toast). I have to admit, I did not know this when I was creating this project, it was a happy coincidence. The jar’s label has a picture of Reba and says “Reba’s Sweet Jam – the phinest in the nation since 1989″. The song lyrics talk about how once Reba finishes her creation and has a taste – “she knew that what she made would be the finest in the nation”. The back of the jar has nutrition information, and ingredients. The true ingredients are not listed – I’ve switched them with the ingredients of Reba’s concoction from the song.”
Reba’s Sweet Jam is 100% real grape jam/jelly, a mini print on a jar. Each print is signed and numbered.
Limited edition of 25 shirts, with sizes Large and XLarge available. Shirts are printed on sapphire with navy ink on Gildan 50/50. The price is $25 for a shirt/jam combo, with free shipping and 10% of the profits from this sale will be donated to The Mockingbird Foundation.
If you are a serious fan of The Simpson’s you will surely recall the classic “Flaming Moe” episode where Moe decides to coin Homer’s homemade “Flaming Homer” (a cocktail containing cough syrup and fire) as his own. Hilarity ensues and 23 years later, this shirt was created.
Originally imagined somewhere in between Halloween in Atlantic City and New Years at MSG, MaybeSoMaybeLot got themselves in gear, drank a bunch of coffee, and made this shirt a reality. These high quality Gildan, pre-shrunk, 100% cotton t-shirts are screen printed, with this Fuego shirt design requiring an insane nine individual screens to produce!
The front is a rendition of Moe with his (stolen) Flaming Moe and ‘Fuego’ printed on the bar. ‘We Keep It Rollin’ accompanies the art with a tiny little Fishman-print pin on Moe’s lapel. The back reads ‘I asked Diego…if it was stolen’, again in reference to the episode (and to the kick ass song lyrics!)
Available in limited quantities in Medium, Large, XL and XXL, these are printed on Slate Blue and a limited quantity of Orchid Purple, as way of paying homage to the special purple cough syrup secret ingredient in the ‘Flaming Moe’.
Each shirt costs $22 and $1 from every shirt sold is donated to The Mockingbird Foundation to support music education for children.
What a year 2013 was! Not only was it one of the best Phish years on record, but there was some incredible Phish inspired art that set the bar high for future years. This is not just a coincidence – when the band is at the top of their game, it rubs off on the fans and art community. Summer Shakedowns were good (despite the rain) and Dicks and Fall Tour led to some of the most memorable Shakedowns in 3.0, with the highlight of them all being the PhanArt Poster and Pin Exhibition in Atlantic City on November 2nd.
2013 was also a HUGE year in money raised for The Mockingbird Foundation. For the first time since PhanArt.net started in 2009, PhanArt and Friends have raised over $5,000! $5,106.30 to be exact. I set a goal in 2010 of raising $5,000 a year – the maximum grant that The Mockingbird Foundation gives, and each year we crept towards the goal, this year being the first year we reached that goal! Overall, we have raised over $14,000 and that is mainly from small donations from artists, based on sales of their art. Music fans supporting artists supporting charity supporting music education – this is a fantastic cycle that I’m glad so many have become a part of.
There was a great deal of 30th anniversary art, a plethora of pins, and seemingly everything has the Fishman Donuts on them now. Seriously, they are making carpeting. Wallpaper isnt too far away. A full body tattoo couldn’t be more than five years off. Posters, shirts, stickers, clothing – fans got creative and made great art, leading to fans buying that art and keeping the community thriving and on tour.
Following the pattern I have used for past ‘Best of PhanArt’, I have 13 for 2013 in my best of this year, including honorable mentions, which I am highlighting today. There has simply been too much great art this year and I would be neglecting some great art if I didnt give artists their proper due.
This list was compiled based on feedback received through the site, on tour, and through Facebook and Twitter. Fans were asked in the past month what was some of the best Phish related (non-official) art of 2013 and they responded. I took all suggestions into account and looked at the list and came up with the top 13, as well as the honorable mentions, which are highlighted today.
Remember, the Phanart made in 2013 was amazing and the following is just someof the best.If you think something was overlooked, share what was missed below in the comments section below.
Before we get to the art, a reminder on the mission of PhanArt:
PhanArt’s mission is to compile and preserve art created by Phish fans for the Phish community and, in the course of such work, to also benefit The Mockingbird Foundation, which raises funds for music education for children.
I am always here to support the artists and broaden their audience. Art is neglected in society. I see it neglected in schools – art and music are the first to be cut when something has to go. So with that in mind, consider this:
Ben Whitesell Steampunk- Ben follows up his #1 print of 2012 with this gorgeous print focused on Mike’s bass. Ben has done official prints for Widespread Panic and Keller Williams in the past year, a sign of great things to come from.
Pheanuts shirts/stickers – Ok, disclaimer – this was sold by PhanArt all summer and fall, but the response to this art by Andrew Cariboni puts it on the list. Seriously, the response was overwhelming at times. Thanks to all who picked up a shirt or sticker. The gang’s all there. Look for this shirt to make a return to the PhanArt Store sometime this spring.
Virginia is for Lizards shirts -Maybe So Maybe Lot sold out of this shirt during the Hampton run this past fall, and donated $1 for every shirt sold to The Mockingbird Foundation. After printing some more, he ended up donating $196 from the sale of his shirts. Its not the donations that get him on the list, its the simplicity of the design and use of the iconic Virginia state motto, ‘Virginia is for lovers’. But it’s for the Lizards too.
Fishman scarves -Well, putting the Donuts on everything eventually would lead to some practical, formal applications of the universal design. Last year, it was ties by stuPINdous Creations. This year, it’s scarves from the great mind of Adrian Sharpe at stuPINdous. Warm, super long and quite stylish, these were a huge hit and sold out quickly for good reason.
Mark Serlo’s SPAC poster - I loved this one from the moment I saw it at the Mothership Art Collective’s Summer in Saratoga show during the SPAC run. Simple, small and working the dates and venue into the racing antelope – Mark covered all the bases in one great poster.
Ewok Fishman shirt – I ran into Eli wearing one of these outside the Sea Dog Brewery in Bangor the afternoon of the tour opener, and my jaw dropped. This one was a hit from the get-go – combine Star Wars geekery and a now iconic Phish design, and you have a fantastic shirt. Nub Nub.
Phish Shades – These were seen all over the summer, because Alexandra was selling them at literally every show this tour, even the Toronto rain-date! With a dozen or so different designs and plenty of fans needing sunglasses, these were practical and unique, and a great find on lot.
Hampton Death Star by Terra-Pins – This one sold out on pre-sale, to give you some idea of how popular it was among the pin community. A great pin from Chuck Hoffman and Terra-pins, it gives the term ‘The Mothership’ a whole new perspective, and ties sci-fi geekery to Phish with ease.
That’s all for Part 1. Stay tuned this week for Parts 2 and 3!
Inspired by the epic jam in Tahoe, here’s the obvious adaption of the ubiquitous Lake Tahoe icon on t-shirts and stickers. The first round of printing (which he did all by himself) was in high demand and sold out quickly. He’s returned to make these available in more colors and in stickers – see below for ordering links. 10% of the all profit go directly to The Mockingbird Foundation!
There is quite a background on this design. Remember the “Keep Trey Sober” stickers? The original version that design is based on is “Keep Tahoe Blue,” a non-profit “dedicated to protecting, restoring, and advocating for the ecosystem health and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin.” You can check them out here:
In order to make these widely available and sold on-demand, he is using Zazzle to handle printing and shipping. They will handle all sales logistics: shipping, handling, returns/exchanges, etc. They have a 100% guarantee and frequently run sales, discounts, etc., so be sure to read all the fine print before ordering!
A very hot item on lot and sought after by many fans is finally on PhanArt. The original idea and design for the Walter White “It’s Ice” aka “It’s Heisenberg” 30th Anniversary Design with Fishman Glasses (first a sticker, now a shirt) is from Thea Baynes, with conceptualization and additional design ideas by Thea Baynes, Sean Duerr & Shawn Wiltse and computer graphic interpretation by Shawn Wiltse. The Breaking Bad Type Font used for the lettering and all numbers in the Element “Cerium” or “Ce” relate to the Band and the 30th Anniversary!
Shirts are printed with visual on the front using Gildan 2000 brand, preshrunk 100% cotton fabric, with two colors available on PhanArt – Gravel Gray (as seen at Dick’s!) and Light Blue. There will be two additional colors available on Fall Tour, White and Brown. You can find these shirts on Fall Tour at every show except for Hampton and Reading.
The light blue shirt is a limited edition and less than 15 will be made. (Five of each – S, M, L, XL) While the gray shirt will come in all sizes with limited XXL sizes. Shirts are $21-$24 depending on size, plus shipping.
Based on a concept by Chris Ehrens and artwork by Shawn Dos Santos, comes a new shirt and pin inspired by the song Julius and incorporating the iconic basketball player of the same name. The pin, a hard enamel pin measuring 1.5″ tall costs only $13 and is backstamped with ‘Don’t Take Another Step’.
You can also pick up stickers now too! 1 for $3, 2 for $5, naturally.
The folks behind BustedTees just launched TeePublic.com, which allows ANYBODY to create a shirt, and if 30 people agree to buy it, they will print and ship the shirts for you! Think kickstarter for t-shirts. This is a great way for t-shirt designers to get their work out there. This new site has allowed Jonny Cottone to flesh out his t-shirt design and put it out on the internet.