New from PhanArt in 2011 is our weekly Friday Feature: This Week in PhanArt History. Each piece of art we share is from days of Phish in the past, typically from the 1.0 and 2.0 eras, something of note that fans of all ages can appreciate that is featured in the book PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish, with some commentary on the piece by PhanArt Pete.
This shirt was made by John Street Graphics and designed by Ryan Donaghy for the Hampton shows in January 2003. The shirt was sold in Hampton and throughout Winter Tour 2003. The 3 word ‘I Survived Hiatus’ conveyed a grand message regarding the incredibly long absence of the band from 10/00 till 12/02. Those 26 months were a lifetime for most and unprescedented in the bands career up until that point. This shirt summed it all up nicely – Survived was hardly an understatement at the time. It was an unexpected warmup in preparing for the unexpected breakup of the band a year later in 2004.