Adam Davidoff has been making Phish Coins for a decade now, and has two featured coins and one poker chip, including his newest “Tube” coin that he is sharing on PhanArt.
Adam’s descriptions of his coins and poker chip:
The inspiration for this coin was obviously the opening verse of the Phish classic “Tube” when Trey sings “An asteroid crashed and nothing burned. It made me wonder, do tigers sleep in lily patches? Do rhinos run from thunder?” To depict this opening verse of the song, I placed a tiger sleeping amongst some tiger lilies alongside a body of water containing a patch of lily pads. An asteroid is crashing into the mountain, yet nothing burns.
On the obverse side of the Tube Coin, a rhinoceros runs across the African savannah. Storm clouds are moving in quickly, and two bolts of lightning are crashing down, causing the rhino to run for its life.
The Tube Coin is 1.75″ in diameter, 3mm in thickness, has a reeded edge like a quarter, and has an antique silver finish. Both sides of the Tube Coin are presented in dramatic 3-D relief.
For the Hampton 2013 Coin, I chose to go with a design that pays homage to the reflecting lake on the south side of the venue. As a nod to the outer space elements in this design, I chose to go with a NASA inspired font, and where better to use that but in Hampton, VA, the home of NASA’s Langley Research Center!
On the flip-side of the Hampton 2013 Coin, I wanted to pay homage to this long-awaited Fall Tour, so I chose to depict the historic “Emancipation Oak” that was an early educational site for Black children in the South, and was also where the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation was made!
The final element of my design was to pay tribute to the unique architecture of the Hampton Coliseum. Around the outer edge of each side of this coin (as you clearly can see) I created a triangular wedge pattern. This was done to mimic the look of the Mothership from above.
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Halloween Poker Chip:
The thinking behind this design was to recreate Boardwalk Hall in a silhouetted haunted house style. Two vultures flank the venue overhead, and Axilla the witch flies past the Halloween crescent moon. There are 31 stars in the sky, and 31 bay windows along the boardwalk at the bottom of the venue, and the $31 denomination of course!
On the flip-side of the Halloween 2013 Poker Chip, I symbolized a verse from the song Guelah Papyrus: “So maybe I could be a fly… and feed arachnid as I die.” A spider waits, ready to pounce on a fly that has been caught in its web. There is also an orange hourglass (a Sand reference) on the body of this spider.
The Hampton 2013 Fall Tour Coin marks the 2nd coin I have made for a run at Hampton Coliseum. As a nod to the outer space elements in this design, I chose to go with a NASA inspired font, and where better to use that but in Hampton, VA, the home of NASA’s Langley Research Center.
The inspiration for the 2011 NYE Coin was simple. I wanted the coin to be very NYC, while incorporating symbolism relating to both Phish and Madison Square Garden.
For one side, I re-worked the classic design of a New York City manhole cover. The circular and silver nature of the manhole cover struck me as the perfect design for one side of this coin. As a child growing up in New York City, these manhole covers were among my first vivid memories. Instead of reading “N.Y.C. SEWER” the manhole cover on the 2011 New Years Coin reads “N.Y.C. NEW YEARS.” I always enjoy a little word play, and it turns out that the words “NEW YEARS” are actually an anagram for “A N.Y. SEWER.” This design also drifts into the realm of the Maze design from my original coin, the Maze/Bowie Coin.
For the other side, I decided to pay homage to the Duke Ellington standard “Take the ‘A’ Train” that Phish covered 118 times between 1987 and 1994. Only 8 cover songs have been performed more times by Phish, so it holds its own in Phish lore. This side of the coin depicts an old ‘A’ Train subway from the Roaring Twenties (the heyday of the Jazz Age) emerging from a tunnel as it pulls into Penn Station, where M.S.G. is located. The ‘A’ Train is littered with Phish symbolism. The four lights on the front of the subway car contain the letters “J, E, M & P” in them. The dates for the 2011 New Years Run appear on the door of the ‘A’ Train, and I threw on a couple of my favorite “lot” stickers on the front of the train, suggesting that it had been “tagged” by a phan. The words “NYC” and “NYE” appear in the oval lights on the top right and left of the subway as well.
The 2010 NYE Coin is antique silver in color, 1.75″ in diameter, 4 millimeters thick, has reeded edges, and was be minted in a limited run of 300 sequentially numbered coins. The cost of the 2011 NYE Coin is $20 on the Lot, or priced as follows with USPS Delivery Confirmation Shipping & Handling Fees: 1=$24 : 2=$45 : 3=$66 : 4=$87 : 5=$108 : 6=$129 : 7=$150
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The Buffalo Bill Wooden Nickel just landed today and is ready to ship. They were printed in a limited run of 1000 and are sequentially numbered. If there is/are number(s) you would like, Adam will do his best to accommodate your request. They are only $5 each plus shipping and handling fees.
Yes, he’s got balls that Adam Davidoff. Shiny Hard Superballs. For Sale. Adam designed the Super Ball IX “Superball” to commemorate this summer’s festival in Watkins Glen, NY over Fourth of July Weekend.
The Super Ball IX “Superball’ (999) which debuted in May 2011
The Super Ball IX ‘Superball’ is a jumbo sized superball conceived to commemorate the Super Ball IX Festival in Watkins Glen, NY. The Super Ball IX “Superball” was designed with two things in mind: to mimic the color scheme incorporated into the logo advertising the festival, while capturing the patriotic vibe of Independence Day Weekend.
Adam’s favorite Phish memorabilia are quirky items like the 1994 NYE Ping Pong Ball, the 1994 & 1995 Phish
Halloween Chocolate Coins and the 2010 NYE Hot Dog. His hope was to create a unique item in this vein. The beauty of the Super Ball IX ‘Superball’ lies in its simplicity; the picture tells the story.
The Superball IX ‘Superball’ measures approx 2″ in diameter. They were produced in a limited run of 999 and are $9.99 each plus $3.01 shipping and handling. Get one for everyone in your crew gearing up for what will prove to be the highlight of the Summer of 2011! Adams balls are ready to ship now and he will have them on the lots of Bethel Woods, Pine Knob, Blossom & Riverbend.
From Adam Davidoff and Phish Coinscomes the first (and only) Bethel Woods(tock) Coin:
For one side of the Bethel Woods(tock) Coin I designed a tribute to the original Woodstock logo with the acoustic guitar and dove, but worked in a Phishy spin. Instead of an acoustic guitar, I depicted as accurately as possible the new “Ocedoc” guitar currently being used by Trey. Instead of a dove, I placed the Famous Mockingbird on the neck of the guitar.
As a spin-off from the original phrase “An Aquarian Exposition in White Lake, NY” I changed it to read “A Piscean Exposition in Bethel, NY” and did so for two reasons. First, we are not actually at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius as some seemed to think in the mid 1960s, we are still in the Age of Pisces. I am not an astrology kind of guy… there is actually a scientific element to this. Secondly, the symbol for Pisces is a fish, so I couldn’t resist the double entendre. Instead of using the original “2 Days of Peace and Music” phrase, I changed it to read “3 More Days of Peace & Music” since that is exactly what will go down this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend!
As for the flip side of the Bethel Woods(tock) Coin, I created a scene that blends Memorial Day history with a dose of Gamehendge imagery and symbolism. The Rhombus in the center of the design is a tribute to the Tony Smith’s “New Piece” sculpture which can be found “somewhere” in New Jersey, in Trey’s old stomping grounds. The Rhombus serves as a tribute to the ultimate Memorial Day symbol in my eyes, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I am calling this Rhombus “The Tomb of the Unknown Lizard” and the scene portrays a lizard rejoicing in the overthrow of King Wilson, as symbolized by the memorial wreath of poppies featuring the historic Crest of Prussia in the middle. The poppy flower has been tied to Memorial Day since the early 1900s when women used to sell them to raise money for decorating the tombs of fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. This holiday in fact was originally called “Decorating Day” for this reason.
The Rhombus was a sacred site at which the Lizards would pray to Icculus. The sky above has the clouds parting with the sun between, representing The Divided Sky, and the two “Gateways to Gamehendge” are represented by the Nitrous Oxide tank with the word “Kung” written on it. The Helping Friendly Book lies on the ground, having been retrieved by the Famous Mockingbird, and the tree to the right of the Rhombus is a Weeping Fikus, commonly known as the “Tree of Knowledge” which is mentioned in Colonel Forbin’s Ascent.
I hope you like the design, as it is littered with Phish symbolism! As all Phish Coins are, the Bethel Woods(tock) Coin is antique silver in color, 1.75″ in diameter, has a reeded edge (like a quarter) and is sequentially numbered from 1-300.
Last year we presented our first annual Heady Holiday Gift Guide. This year we add to this guide with an enormous amount of contributors and artists who have a wide range of gift ideas for you and your friends and family. Enjoy and share this site, you wont find these deals anywhere else, not even on Phish lot!
That unique design we all find familiar from a certain drummer is available in button form for only $3.20. You can order these by going to www.zazzle.com/katmama88
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Party Time Pins has some awesome deals on their pins, including Broomfield, Simple and our favorite, READICCULUS! Go here for more info and to order their pins.
Jiggs makes some of the most recognizable and creative shirt designs on the lot today. He has the following shirts available for $10 plus shipping. (Maze shirt is $15+s/h) Visit Jiggs Lotto pick up the shirts below!
Plus his WhaleCallers 1 for $3, 2 for $5 and Kuroda stickers are $1 each.
The first cookbook by Phish fans FOR Phish fans is available for purchase! PhanFood: From the Kitchen Pot to the Tour Lot is available at www.phanfood.comfor only $19.95
Erin Cadigan has some great deals on her New Years posters from 2009 as seen below. With only a few left, she has each for sale for $25 (50% off the original cost). You can pick those and her other art – Mandala stickers, Halloween 2010 and Phamily Poker Classic posters at her store here
From Caimen Ruff, her first poster from the Charleston shows. Only $35 and only 6 left!
Touropoly – Deluxe edition
For $35, get the original version of Touropoly in its own box on a high quality 16×20 game board mounted on your choice of colored corrugated plastic. Includes directions, dice, play money, game pieces, Karma & Luck cards, music venue cards, and 40 Pop Up vending tents and everything you need to play the best new game on lot! (Beer and other accessories not included) Go here to pick one up
Jami Dudenhoeffer Phish Lithograph
About this poster: This piece was done with Watercolors and India Ink. There are 350 of them and they are all signed, numbered and packaged in plastic. The prints were created Lithograph style and printed on archival semi-gloss 100lb paper. Dimensions are 18×24. Jami painted this one for Phish’s return in 2009. They have been sold from Hampton up until now. This Phish print will appear in the second edition of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish. To see more of Jami’s work you canvisit her etsy store. Cost is $35 for one, $60 for two with $6 priority shipping
Jami Dudenhoeffer Mike Gordon print
About this poster: This piece was done with Pen and India Ink. There are 420 of them and they are all signed, numbered and packaged in plastic. These were printed on archival, 100lb paper. Dimensions are 22×30. Jami has sold the Mike Gordon prints from coast to coast and online. This Gordo print will also appear in the second edition of PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish. To see other work of Jami’s you can go to her etsy store. Cost is $35 for one, $60 for two with $6 priority shipping
Since 2004, Adam Davidoff has had a unique way of making art for the Phish community – collectible coins that have an incredible amount of detail, all designed by Adam. Below are his 12 coins, as well as paypal links for the three that remain available. Adam will donate $1 from each coin sold to Mockingbird Foundation.
1st Edition Maze/Bowie Coin: Above is the SOLD OUT Original Maze/Bowie Coin (600) which debuted in April 2004 The Maze/Bowie Coin was my original design. The idea was to symbolically represent the state of limbo that exists (albeit briefly) during the intros of these 2 Phish songs. This duality struck me as the perfect theme upon which I could design a Phish Coin. The Maze/Bowie Coin is a flipping coin, and the idea is that when life throws a decision at you, you use this coin to make your decision for you.
UVM/Coventry Coin: Above is the SOLD OUT UVM/Coventry Coin (500) which debuted in August 2004 The UVM/Coventry Coin was never meant to be. However, when the boys pulled the plug in May of 2004 I decided if the gig was up, I had to make one final coin, my swan song of sorts. The idea behind the UVM/Coventry Coin was to symbolically bookend the career of Phish. One side represents their early days at UVM, and depicts Slade Hall (where Page played his 1st official gig as a member of Phish). The other side depicts Newport State Airport in Coventry, VT, where Phish ended.
2nd Edition Maze/Bowie Coin: Above is the 2nd Edition Maze/Bowie Coin (600) which debuted in March 2009 I made a few subtle changes to the original design for the 2nd Edition Maze/Bowie Coin. I changed the text on each side to match, and also altered the stars such that they were smaller than those on the original Maze/Bowie Coin. The 2nd Edition also has a reeded edge (like a quarter) and is slightly thicker than the original.
Hampton Reunion Coin: Above is the SOLD OUT Hampton Coin (200) which debuted in March 2009 In designing the Hampton Reunion Coin, I tried to incorporate symbology relating to a rebirth. For this reason, I incorporated a Phoenix on one side, representing Phish rising from the ashes to triumphantly return to the stage in March of 2009. On the venue side there is a moth (another symbol of rebirth) flying toward the full moon in the night sky above Hampton Coliseum.
Red Rocks Coin: Above is the SOLD OUT Red Rocks Coin (200) which debuted in July 2009 The Red Rocks Coin is filled with Phish symbolism referring to the band’s storied past at this great venue. The venue side is loosely based off of a photograph from backstage at the venue. A giant iguana sits atop Creation Rock on the left, a reference to a 1993 narration by Trey at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. On the other side, Icculus awaits the Famous Mockingbird as it delivers the Helping Phriendly Book. These are also subtle references to great performances by Phish at past Red Rocks shows, not to mention the Junta live version of Icculus containing the line “This is Red Rocks… This is the Edge!” On the flip-side is a nod to the Colorado state flag, and this side is the first one on a Phish Coin to be done in full-color.
Festival 8 Halloween Coin: Above is the SOLD OUT Halloween Coin (300) which debuted in October 2009 The Halloween Coin is chock full of symbolism referring to the desert venue, as well as Phish related Halloween. The Desert (life) side of the coin depicts a hot air balloon with an “8″ on it, as the Coachella Valley is a hotbed for hot air ballooning. The date palm (tree of life) is an allusion to the Save the Date theme used in the announcement of Festival 8, and serves a vital role in the agricultural economy of the Coachella Valley. The saguaro cactus is a nod to Gordo, and the peyote button symbolizes a spiritual desert journey, which many of us had at Festival 8. The Camel has a polo mallet leaning up against it in reference to the Empire Polo Club.
The Halloween (death) side of the coin depicts no less than 11 Phish songs that I felt have Halloween related symbolism. The ghost serves as the centerpiece of this side of the coin, and it has a snowman dose on its tongue and is holding a piece of meat (a nod to the second song in the Ghost Trilogy). The spider web with a fly caught in it is a reference to Guelah Papyrus, the cat is a reference to Poster Nutbag, and the witch is a reference to Axilla. The tombstone reads RIP R.W. memorializing Roger Wolfe, executed son of Errand Wolfe, rebel leader of the Lizards in Gamhendge. Piper the worm is coming out of the ground below the ghost, and a skeleton symbolizes a soul returning to earth on Dia de los Muertos (11/01/09) to beg the holy spirit (ghost) forgiveness for past transgressions. The vultures fly overhead, and the trees are a double reference to I Saw It Again (the 3rd song in the Ghost Trilogy) and Limb By Limb.
Big Cypress 10th Anniversary Coin: Above is the 10th Anniversary Big Cypress Coin (300) which debuted in January 2010 The Big Cypress Coin was made to commemorate the 10 Year Anniversary of the Big Cypress Millennium NYE Festival in the everglades. One side of the coin represents the everglades themselves, and the other side depicts the festival site itself. The Everglades side was inspired by the Seminole Tribal legend of creation, in which the creator places a shell at the base of a tree (I chose a Big Cypress “Tree of Life”) and as the tree grew, the roots made the shell crack, and from that shell emerged all of the animals of the world.
The Venue side of the coin depicts the stage setup used for the midnight to sunrise set, and is complete with Father Time on his bicycle, the on-stage porta-potty, and the clock-themed backdrop behind the stage. The Skywheel carnival ride looms in the distance, and a swamp airboat awaits the boys backstage as the first sunrise of the new millennium rises behind palm trees in the distance. Fireworks are exploding above the stage as a news helicopter flies overhead reporting on all of the insanity. The Hot Dog that the band rode to the stage before the all-night set, and the Meatstick Time Capsule, intended to be opened in 4020, are also depicted.
Festival $8 Bill: Above is the Festival $8 Bill (888) which debuted in April 2010 The idea to design an $8 Bill for Festival Eight actually came to me late night on Halloween, so it is safe to say it was a little late! However, over the past few months, the idea kept popping into my head, so I decided to go for it. The design is based on the $1 Bill, and I tried to work in as much Phish symbolism as possible while remaining true to the original form. Basically anything that I could alter to make the Festival $8 Bill Phishy (in a subtle way) I did. The serial number references Halloween, as do the Roman numbers at the bottom of the pyramid. I took out 5 of the 13 stars, olive leaves and arrows in the seal on the right side of the back of the Bill to make eight of each as a nod to Festival 8. Taking out the middle 5 stars actually created an unintended figure eight, which I thought was extra cool! I also removed the center tail feather of the eagle to make it so there are only 8 of them. I changed the Latin slogan below the pyramid to say “Lego Libri Servo Vita” which means “Read the Book and Save Your Life,” and the signatures at the bottom of the front side of the Festival $8 Bill are those of Marco Esquandolas and M.R. Palmer! The Department of the Treasury seal has been altered to reference the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street album cover choice for Halloween. I originally wanted to use a visage of King Wilson, and then it hit me that Woodrow Wilson was on the now defunct $100,000 Bill, so it seemed like a nice touch. I also changed the letter in the middle of the Federal Reserve Seal to an 8, and the city of printing has been changed to Indio, CA. I changed the other serial numbers to F8 and 1030 and 1101 to represent the other two days of the festival. In Clod We Trust needs no explanation, does it? Hope you like it… Just another memento that will be even easier to carry in your wallet. The Festival $8 Bill will be printed on Crane & Company 100% Cotton woven paper… as close to the U.S. currency cotton/linen paper as I can get without having the Feds checking things out!
Greek Theatre Coin: Above is the Greek Theatre Coin (200) which debuted in June 2010 For the Greek Theatre Coin I decided to use the California State Flag a la the Colorado State Flag on the Red Rocks Coin. That idea was very well received, and I think the flag is a great way to represent the state in a singular image. The bear and star were going to be in 3-D, but the colors would not have been able to remain true to form, so I decided to go with full color in 2-D instead. On the other side, I did my best to re-create the feel of a straight-on view of the stage at the Greek Theatre. The maze at the bottom was inspired by the circle that lays in the center of the floor/pit area. I considered putting a bonfire there as a tribute to the bonfire parties thrown in the Greek Theatre before Stanford/Cal football games, but the maze won out. The llama at center-stage pays homage to the 1st song Phish ever played at the Greek Theatre on 8/28/93. The birds above symbolize the performance of The Birds, an ancient Greek drama by Aristophanes. This play marked the 1st performance of any kind in the Greek Theatre in 1903. The clock tower in the background is depicts the landmark of Sather Tower, commonly referred to as “The Campanile” because of its stark resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice, Italy. The lightning bolts on top of each spire are a subtle nod to the Grateful Dead’s roots in the bay area.
Telluride Coin: Above is the SOLD OUT Telluride Coin (200) which debuted in June 2010 The Front side of the Telluride Coin was inspired by the classic image of the main strip in downtown Telluride, with the mountains looming in the background. The sign on the New Sheridan Hotel now says FLUFFHEAD (a nod to PT) and the clock tower reads 4:20, as do all clocks on Phish Coins. In the foreground, I put a silhouetted image of two guys crossing the street with a keyboard. This is a tribute to the classic shot of Trey and Page walking the keyboard across the street upon their arrival in Telluride in 1988. The Back Side of the Telluride Coin depicts The Roma Bar and its two neighbors, and was inspired by an old oil painting of the building. This pays homage to the location of Phish’s 1st run of shows outside of the Northeast. The Roma Bar hosted Phish for 5 of their 6 shows on that Telluride Run.
Halloween Poker Chip: Above is the Halloween Poker Chip (666) which will debut in October 2010 The Halloween Poker Chip was inspired by two things… The fact that I did a Halloween Coin for Festival 8 in 2009, and the fact that the 2010 Halloween Run is in Atlantic City. The Halloween Poker Chip is a casino grade ceramic chip just like those appearing in casinos worldwide. It weighs 10 grams and is 39 millimeters in diameter, both specs matching casino standards. Unlike traditional clay poker chips, ceramic chips have the image embedded into the chip itself… no cheap inlay stickers that can peel or wear away over time! One side of the Halloween Poker Chip was inspired by an old postcard from the heyday of Atlantic City in the 1930s – 1940s. The $31 denomination was chosen in reference to the 31st of October. I felt that a dollar value needed to be on the chip, and wanted to steer away from any existing chip denominations. I don’t want any pit bosses shaking me down in Atlantic City, right? The flip side of the Halloween Poker Chip is an evil jack-o-lantern, the quintessential Halloween image. The rolling edge of the Halloween Poker Chip was printed in black and orange and designed to mimic the edge spots reminiscent of vintage clay casino poker chips…
2010 NYE Coin: Above is the design of the NYE Coin (300) which will debut in December of 2010 The 2010 NYE Coin was designed to commemorate this year’s 5 night NYE Run being held at The Worcester Centrum and Madison Square Garden. These are two of the more hallowed venues in Phish history, so I tried to work in as much symbolic imagery as possible relating to past moments in each venue. I focused on trying to work in as much NYE flavor as possible, while maintaining a cohesive design. The Worcester Centrum Side of the NYE Coin was inspired by the 1993 NYE Run during which Phish played on a stage designed to look like an aquarium. The square shape of this setup doesn’t work well with the circular format of a coin, so I adapted it to be a fishbowl. The bowl is littered with Phish symbolism. The figure of Moses standing with the 10 Commandments at center stage relates to Tom Marshall’s appearance on 12/31/93 to sing the 1st line that he ever wrote for a Phish song, “Rye, Rye, Rocco” during Antelope. The scuba diver and the giant clam were part of the NYE gag that night, and the sperm whale is a nod to the Moby Dick encore that had everybody buzzing on 11/29/97. The surfboard next to Moses is a reference to the Wipeout Fest that went down at the Centrum almost a year later, on 11/27/98. The dates on this side of the coin were placed in the bubbles rising up from the fishbowl floor. The Madison Square Garden Side of the NYE Coin references all of the previous NYE shows performed at MSG. The Van de Graff generator on the top of Madison Square Garden is a nod to the Gamehendge Time Factory gag performed as midnight approached on 12/31/95. The Udderball (complete with pentagram as a reference to the Harpua narration from 12/30/97) is climbing up the side of MSG, and lends to what I feel is a bit of an urban Godzilla theme. The Udderball was brought to life on an incredible half-domed projector setup that was integral to the 12/31/97 NYE countdown. The caterpillar crawling down 8th Avenue is a reference to the costumed troupe that delighted the audience throughout the 1998 NYE Run, donning an array of fabulous costumery. During the Wolfman’s Brother on 12/28/98 caterpillars crawled up on stage and squirmed around while the band destroyed everyone in MSG that night. The seven snowflakes are a nod to the 2002 NYE gag when snowflakes began falling from the ceiling during the Seven Below performed as midnight approached on 12/31/02. I couldn’t resist making the snowflakes reminiscent of the snowflake on the Alta Ski Resort logo, as that is one of my favorite mountains! The dates for the 3 Night Run appear on the top of the building running along 8th Avenue, and the large digital clock outside of MSG is set to 4:20, as are all clocks that appear on Phish Coins.
These coins are sold out, but check www.phishcoins.com for availability!