All posts by Pete Mason

AJ Masthay Albany print – ‘Terror Gnome’

With fall tour comes yet another Amazing AJ Masthay print!

The first of a few prints he is releasing for this tour is “The Arena”.  Although you could call it The Times Union Center, The Pepsi Arena, or everyone’s favorite, the original, The Knick(erbocker) Arena. For this poster, just for brevity’s sake, AJ sticks “The Arena”

With 8 colors total, this is a poster with a smaller edition of 75. The ink on these is extra thick, so it looks like that super shiny, raised off the paper, stink that runs up your nostrils thick. Good stuff.

Masthay is looking to convey a sense of autumn, hence the wooded path. This poster more than others in his collection tells a story, but what is happening in the story is up to your imagination.  What is the book in the gnome’s hands? The HPB? PhanArt? Dianetics? ? Is he walking towards you or away from you? Is he being chased? These questions are best pondered and answered by picking up the poster.  Order info below.

Albany Gnome, by AJ MasthayTerror Gnome’, by AJ Masthay

These prints will be onsale at 12 Noon EST, Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Prints are limited to 2 per person.  you can pick them up at

AJ has at least one more edition that he will be releasing before the tour starts. Keep an eye out for another announcement shortly. Feel free to contact AJ at aj@masthaystudios with any questions.

Drew Suto’s Albany Art

Drew Suto, Artistic Designer for Surrender to the Flow, father and husband and all around good friend has created a run of posters featuring his art from the cover of Surrender To The Flow #23.

A hometown show for Drew as well as PhanArt Pete and many other hundreds of phans, Drew’s art is inspired by his hometown, as well as that little burgh south of us we call ‘The City’

Drew has printed a run of 50 posters featuring his cover art for STTF #23.  They are $10 a piece and he is selling them on lot in Syracuse, Albany, and MSG, but you can buy them here after tour, as long as there are some left! Look for Drew at the show!

Drew.  Look for him for his posters on tour!
Drew. Look for him for his posters on tour!

If you want to pick one up in advance, email him at Shipping is an additional $5

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STTF #23 cover art, by Drew Suto

This art is PhanArt Recommended, PhanArt Approved

Chalkdust Torture for Charlie Brown, by Christine Lafferty

Christine Lafferty has some great shirts for the holidays. The Charlie Brown ‘Chalkdust Torture’ shirt caught my eye at Darien Lake and we have it on the blog for your perusal and enjoyment.



You can get these shirts by paypal-ing

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 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!

Indoor Lot at the OnCenter Before 11/22 Syracuse Show – Free for Vendors and Phans!

syracuse-orange-mascotOtto Owns Phish Lot, rumored to sit in with Phish

Some very intelligent folks who rune the OnCenter Complex in Syracuse have come up with a great idea: an indoor lot scene that is free for phans to take part in, selling their lot goods inside, away from the cold Syracuse winter (it comes early, trust me)

Inside the OnCenter from 9am-730pm will be vendors such as SoundGarden (Cuse’s own great record store), Henna tattoo Artists, Massage Therapist, Tarot Card readers, (beer) Belly Dancers (10 heady points if you know that song reference) and many book vendors.

Fans can vend too!  This is your pre-show too!  It is FREE for you to take part! So if you have something to sell, whether it be clothing, art, or something else. PhanArt will be there selling the book, shirts, stickers and posters, as well as displaying some of the latest fan-art from 8! To register, all you need is to contact Michelle at the OnCenter at 315-435-8000 to register and you are in! No Cost! No Fee! No Fee? Maybe a Fee during the Phish show, that would be heady. Been since 7/29/03 since I caught one.

But I digress…..

Phish fans can come to the OnCenter, check out the scene inside, and listen to some local bands, including The Lost Marbles, Soul Risin‘, and Dark Hollow (on stage from 2-6pm – this will be an AWESOME pre-show)

It’s gonna be cold, cold, cold, cold in the ‘cuse, so take advantage of this indoor, warm environment to sell your wares and make some money for tour!

Note: Glass vendors- sorry, no dice on this. I checked with them and they just aren’t cool like that. Sorry, but they just wouldn’t say yes.

Beyond the glass thing, this is a PhanArt Recommended, PhanArt Approved event! (PRPA)


News link from

SYRACUSE, NY – Onondaga County’s Oncenter will host a free Pre-Phish Party prior to the Nov. 22 Phish concert at the War Memorial Arena.
The party will be inside the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, next door to the War Memorial, starting at 9 a.m. It will last until the start of the show starts at 7:30 p.m, Oncenter officials said in a press release.

The goal is to create a place for these fans to hang out and escape the weather prior to the show. “We want to show the community and the promoters that we care and we’re willing to go the extra mile to make fans truly have an experience when they come to an event at our facilities,” said Mike Spaulding, director of ticketing and event bookings for Oncenter.

Admission is free and entertainment includes live music from local bands, vendors and contests. One Pre-Phish Party attendee will win a pair of tickets to the see the sold-out concert.

Local bands will play starting at 11 a.m. Food, beer and other items will be available.

Oncenter officials urged those planning to attend the party to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

What is and isn’t legit to sell on Phish lot

So many people sell things, and so many people want to sell things on the lot. But what is legal, what is legit, what is illegal, what is illegit, what is 2 legit 2 quit, and what is safe for all? We go over in great detail the things you can and cant sell on lot.

(Note – this does not serve as any sort of 100% iron-clad, use-as-defense-in-court sort of advice – this is based upon the opinion on many dozens upon dozens of artists, fans and average brahs that have sold something on the lot. we still recommend you proceed with caution – each venue and town is unique and we cannot take that into account)


What you can sell almost always:

Water, light food, things that are easily disposable or pose no threat to local businesses – for example, if there was a grilled cheese store, you wouldnt want to sell grilled cheese outside of it. Ditto with selling beer and water outside a convienence mart – its risky, but typically you dont get hassled.


also, things like lighters, cigs, clothing that isnt Phish related (see below) and generic stuff that isnt at ALL Phish related


What you can sell sometimes:

Phish related Lot shirts, Show Posters, Stickers (almost always ok), larger arrangements of food (Russo’s French Bread Pizza and larger Shakedown vendors), typically beer, but it is recommended that you be 21+ and for the love of god, 1 for 3, 2 for 5!

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What you should never sell on the lot:



A Dodge Dart






Jerry’s ashes


Nitrous – seriously, it’s a bit out of hand


What you can not sell on lots:

Phish posters or shirts that have any of these on them and a word on each:

The band’s name, as it is trademarked and as such, the name cant exactly be put on posters or shirts without the band having their name infringed upon. As such, using the band’s name is risky. We do not advise it, as most of the busts seen this summer by venue security and/or Phish staff was related to this. Or the least creative idea….


The logo.  Why use the logo? This is the design (supposedly) created by Trey and is iconic. Do you really have to manipulate the logo to be creative? This is an automatic non-starter. I highly suggest NOT using the logo, or even the outline.  Why? Because it’s unoriginal and ripping the band off directly. These are the items most often confiscated in our experience, and no, we have not used the logo. We didnt even accept the logo for PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, but boy oh boy, there were a lot of bad ripoffs submitted.  Use of the logo is the least creative idea, and is definitely grounds for confiscation of your lame-idea-turned-moneymaker. Don’t bother. Seriously.


Photographs of the band, whether close up or from far away. Phish does not allow any commercial use of band or band member names, images or likenesses without permission. That includes sale and/or commercial use of photographs.

Lastly, the band’s likenesses. This is a gray/grey area that I discuss, but I understand that it’s the band member’s image that is in question.  If it is tasteful, sure. If it is vague (see below), awesome! If it is a picture of the band from a promo photo, then again, that is unoriginal.

If you can avoid those three things, you shouldnt have a problem.

Also, we here at PhanArt do not condone the sale of bad drugs, fake drugs, or drugs that make your face melt when the music isn’t even playing. Please, use substances responsibly, and in a manner that doesn’t ruin anyone else’s  good time, or your good time for that matter.


Scramble Campbell Auction for Mockingbird

We have a new auction for Mockingbird Foundation – Click Here to bid!


This auction is for a 8.5 * 11 inch ARTISTS PROOF created by Keith ‘Scramble’ Campbell on 12/31/95 during Phish’s show At Madison Square Garden in New York City.

This is an Artist’s Proof, with the notation A/P in the lower left corner, and the number 96 written above the number 95, to denote the timing of this print being drawn by Campbell.

Scramble’s unique designs are one of a kind, and a must have for any Phish fan.

Campbell is one of the featured artists in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish

Take the time to bid for a good cause!

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Andrew Abis: PhanArtist

PhanArtist Andrew Abis has made some impressive prints in his day, but his 8 prints become some of his best work immediately.

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Abis 8

‘Abis 8’, Andrew’s PHISH Shining Festival 8 Print is a run of 188 Signed & Numbered posters printed on 10″ x 23″ Strathmore Grey paper with Jacquard Screen Printing Ink

Andrew has these for sale on his website or you can contact him at:


8 PhanArt Gallery

Presenting the first of many Galleries by PhanArt! Here we have a comprehensive collection of all the posters, shirts, and stickers from 8.  Sure, we are missing a few, but you can help by submitting your lot shirt to

If you want to know where to buy these items in the gallery, look no further than – a good amount of the images below are for sale here, with a portion of all sales going to the Mockingbird Foundation for music education. Visit them at