Isadora Bullock created this commissioned linocut print for Holly Bowling’s PledgeMusic campaign for Distillation of a Dream.
Using photos from the inside of Holly’s piano, the strings, the tuning pegs, the treble and bass bridges where the strings cross, Isadora worked these into the geometry of the print as well as echoes of cymatic diagrams of sound waves in the print. Isadora’s print is also the inspiration for the album art for the vinyl and CDs for Distillation of a Dream
This 3 layer linocut print is a limited edition of 100 with a hand inked fade on the first layer. The print measures 15″ x 21″. Order one exclusively through Holly’s Pledge Music campaign.
2014 marked an incredible year for PhanArt. Not only were incredibly successful PhanArt shows held in Chicago, Las Vegas and in Miami on January 2, the website and logo were redesigned and plans are in place for a greater 2015 with more PhanArt shows amid a growing brand. Great thanks go to Kyle, Alex and Nate for their contributions towards the redesign this past year, Kelley for handling things on a day to day basis and Chris P, Jim, Chris S and Taylor for helping out on the site and at shows. This site could not be possible without you.
Once again, through donations of artists and fans alike, PhanArt raised nearly $4,000 to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation, bringing the total raised since 2009 to nearly $19,000 with a couple of fundraisers to come that will push the total well past the $20,000 mark.
Below are some of the best Phish inspired phan art of 2014. Included are honorable mentions plus the top 14 of 2014, with links to buy where items are not sold out.
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 for some of the best Phish related (non-official) art of 2014 and they responded. I took all suggestions into account and looked at the list and came up with the top 14, as well as honorable mentions.
Remember, the Phanart made in 2014 was amazing and the following is just some of the best. If you think something was overlooked, share what was missed below in the comments section below. Make sure to support these artists and continue the great tradition of the PhanArt community that continues to grow each year.
Oh, and there will be a PhanArt show in Chicago on July 5th, a change from past shows as this show will highlight and feature Grateful Dead inspired art from artists across the 50 years of the Grateful Dead. More details to come soon.
Philly ‘Boy Mann God Shit’ Poster (artist unknown)
Paul and Silas shirts by Brian Kirk
The Top 14 of 2014
#14 Southern Run/SoCo shirt by Lane Phlexner and Mark Reynolds
This shirt was seen at the 8 southern shows on Phish’s Summer Tour. Combining the famous southern liqour and tour dates made this a quick seller, one that was requested by many fans during and after tour. This is one of those tour shirts that you’ll see for years and think ‘Damn, I wish I picked that one up back then.’
Take the Batman slapping Robin meme and add in a contradiction between fan bases and you have a hilarious sticker. Add Trey to the ‘Core Four’ and this sticker has a second wind of smart hilarity, although not all will get the ‘Your Trip is Short’ reference. Either way, this sticker is a trip. Order one by emailing email@example.com
#10 Jon Rose’s Dick’s Print
This poster is thick with ink and was last seen dancing to “Dick’s Simple” near the soundboard. That’s how strong a poster this is – Jon Rose once again made an incredible poster to commemorate the fourth year of Phish at Dick’s.
#9 Ariane Davis Seven Below
A wonderfully inventive snowflake pin with great symmetry to represent the theme of “Seven Below”.
#8 Isadora Bullock SPAC Fuego
Isadora continues a great run over the past few years with the SPAC Fuego, a vibrant and eye-catching linocut that was in high demand, leading to shirts being printed in the fall with the now iconic design. The edition of 150 sold out this summer amid great demand.
#7 Wookles Shooter/Weapons pin sets
Smart art means getting creative and these are some of the smartest art of 2014. Six-shooters (LE 150 each) with bullet-specific-designs under the bullet holes, combined with bullets (LE 100 each) that contain a theme (band member nicknames, animals, etc…) make the bullet/shooters by Wookles a winner. But Wookles went a step further with his weapons sets (LE 150 each), adding relative weaponry to accompany various songs or onamonapia to create complimentary sets of pins that were immediate hits.
#6 Otto SPAC
Otto had a pretty good year among his various artistic endeavors, seen here, and among them is his SPAC print. This gorgeous poster features an equally gorgeous girl dancing and looking up the to heavens, draped in the red white and blue. This frame job captures the beauty of the print and the weekend all at once.
#5 Jay Rizzi/Cat Zachar Orange Beach 2014
This poster caught my eye leaving Orange Beach on August 1 for multiple reasons – the detail, the waves and the ink/paper combo. Details are worked subtly in throughout the entire print, all the way down the curls of the waves. Using a combination of water color, pen, ink and digital media and printed on metallic linen paper for an illustrious yet surprisingly thin combination that was snapped up by a lucky few in an edition of only 42. Rizzi’s Fall Tour prints were quite the detailed hit as well.
#4 Sam Sutton/Dave Bangert “JEMP Truck” slider pin
Created based on one of the final and lasting memories of 2013, Sam Sutton takes the JEMP truck, incorporates the band’s setup in the middle of MSG on 12/31/13 and added in sliders that allow the band to rise up from inside the truck, much like the stage itself rose up once the truck’s roof was blown off. Fun fact – this edition of 100 sold out in 28 seconds.
#3 Jiggs “Martian Monster” shirt
Jiggs has come up with a few vintage poster and shirt designs for the Halloween shows and ‘You’re About to Blast Off’ is one of the best. Jiggs explains how he came up with the design: “It all started when I was pretending to work for the Phish Bill and I created the “They Attack”/Hitchcock mock up. The rest of the ideas just flowed from “What if these Phish songs were advertised as their own movies?” And with that, you have Jiggs’ “Martian Monster”, “They Attack”, “Your Pet Cat” and “The Dogs” available now.
#2 Andrew Bryant and Josh Lang “Knife in Lights” pin
This pin collaboration from Andrew Bryant (Band in Lights) and Josh Lang (Pin Me Down) mixes Bryant’s ‘Band in Lights’ design along with a three dimensional aspect of lights that swing out from an interior shell ala a Swiss Army knife. Quality and an inventive approach that matches well with the design.
#1 Brian Bojo – Phifty-Two Weeks
Top honors this year go to Brian Bojo for his year long effort to create 52 unique pieces of Phan Art. The 52 pieces make one broader piece of art, combining mediums and time, leading to a broad expression of the influence of Phish’s music and community. Bojo has created a lasting art series with Phifty-Two Weeks. A gallery of some of his 52 weeks can be seen below with the rest visible at phiftytwoweeks.com.
Congrats to Brian and all the Best of PhanArt 2014!
Michael Boyer’s Miami New Years 4 Color Screen Printed Poster. Made with the phinest UV cured inks including a shiny shiny blue tinted gloss layer. 12″ x 24″ edition of 200.
Jampanties are bringing out the old look new style panties. Same Page Side Rage Side feel but now on American Apparel. The switch was made for better quality and to fit ALL sizes.
“Feathered Creatures” is a 3 layer linocut with a 3 color fade in a limited edition of 125
Quite a few deals from Ryan Kerrigan!
2009 miami prints, edition of 100, only a couple left, $25
2014 miami prints, edition of 100, $20, three-for-$50
2014 miami canvases, edition of 15, $80
2014 miami happy fish pin, edition of 100, $15 each, two-for-$25
2014 miami stickers, $2 each, three for $5, ten for $10
2014 miami magnet trey pin set, edition of 150, $60/set
2014 glow in the dark AQUARIUM silkscreened print, edition of 100, $20 each, three-for-$50
2014 phall tour sticker, $2 each, three-for-$5, ten-for $10
Thank you for the first thirty years tshirt, edition of 100, $20 each, or free with $100 purchase
The Shakedown Shop
Super Rad Cape Co.
These one of a kind exclusive themed capes are inspired by Phish’s recent Halloween performance and other Phish songs. Each cape is one of a kind and all are unparalleled in their quality of construction and design. Since there are only one of each of these, they will go fast! We will also have variety of our other sequined capes ranging in size from children to adults!
This 3 color screen print measures 16″ x 20″ in an edition of 50 and costs $20.
Brian Bojo Phifty-Two Weeks
Bojo’s final PhiftyTwoWeeks project is designed to be a companion/complimentary print to his Famous Mockingbird print. Called “The End”, the end of 52 weeks of great art in a great year, the end of TMWSIY, the end of Evil King Wilson. “The End” is printed as a color show print for Miami (edition 52) – there is also a black ink art print (edition 52).
“Where Palm trees dipped and seagulls swerved” is a screen printed shirt in a limited edition of 50 on orange soft style Gildan cotton/poly blend and available only at the show. Additionally, the remaining 30 Miami pins will also only be available at the show.
The very last Otto Art print before a long awaited hiatus, will come in 2 different editions: the Main Neon Green Edition of 60 and the Variant Neon Pink Edition of only 15 will be available exclusively at the Phanart Exhibition. This print will only be available in Miami, with NO online sales. All prints are hand drawn, Hand printed, signed and Numbered on heavy 100lb card stock paper. Prints feature a glow in the dark layer, and a Metallic Split Fountain layer.
Pin Me Down
The Hobbs and Crocket Miami Vice ghosts are show exclusives from Pin Me Down, as well as 9 other additional brand new designs dropping exclusively at the show!
Isadora Bullock is back with yet another incredible Summer Tour 2014 Print. “Watch The Sail” is a 3 color linocut print with a fade. At 15″ x 21.5″, this Limited Edition of 125 Print marks Phish’s return to nTelos Pavillion in Portsmouth VA, July 29 – 30, 2014. Available now for $35 plus shipping. Place your order – Watch the Sail!
Isadora Bullock has released two more of her Phish Summer Tour 2014 prints. “Inside Your Fuego” for SPAC 2014 is a 4 color linocut print, measues 15″ x 21.5″, limited edition of 150 for Phish in Saratoga Springs, NY at SPAC July 3-4, 2014. This print can be picked up below for $35 plus shipping. Click here to see process photos of the making of “Inside Your Fuego”.
Isadora’s Randall’s Island 2014 print is below and will be a 4 color linocut print, measures 15″ x 21.5″, in a limited edition of 100 for Phish at Randall’s Island in New York July 11–13, 2014. Prints are available now for $35 plus shipping. Finished print will ship in July.
Chicago, we’re coming back this summer, take note! Phriends, heed the call with “Skylines”, Isadora Bullock’s new Limited Edition Print marking PHISH’s triumphant return to Chicago on July 18 – 20, 2014. This is a 3 color linocut print, measuring 15″ x 21.5″. Always taking it a step beyond, she’s added a second layer, her first symmetrical double fade! You can actually see the phish taking over the entire city, from the streets to the skyline. If you don’t already know her work, you should. Only 125 of these were made. This print is a great one to start or expand your collection with. Get Yours Today!
Now available for only $35 plus shipping. Prints start shipping in July.
Isadora Bullock’s latest print, “Light”, is a three-color linocut print, with the first layer a three-color fade. Isadora shares: “This is a very intricate print. I spent over 45 hours carving the block in total (much longer then usual), not including the printing and design time. I have been working on it since Dicks and am very excited about how it turned out. Special thanks to Chris Kuroda for the inspiration.”
The print measures 15″ x 21.5″ in a limited edition of 100. This print will ship at the end of February. Buy now for $35 plus shipping.
Well, here we are. The Top 6 in the Best of PhanArt 2013. The art has simply continued to get better and better each year, just like the band. The mutual inspiration is pretty awesome to experience. A big thanks to Kelly, Chris, James, Chris and Taylor for their help in running PhanArt with me this past year, as well as their help at the art shows, without them I simply couldn’t keep up with the site. As far as art shows, you can expect at least one this year; more details to come once we get tour dates!
The Best of PhanArt 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. Today we complete the Best of PhanArt 2013 and wrap things up with the top 6 pieces of original fan-made art from 2013. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 from yesterday.
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.
#6 Duke of Lizards by AJ Masthay
It’s tough to pick just one of AJ’s posters from 2013, but fans were pretty unanimous in selecting his SPAC triptych for the Best of PhanArt. Focusing on the Victorian aspect of the springs and baths in Saratoga, AJ brought the Lizards for a stroll through the mansions and halls of the historic town. AJ’s work has been a staple for Phish fans to gaze upon for years now, with many asking when he will do an official print. It’s a fair question, but AJ has been doing some incredible posters for Umphrey’s McGee, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and multiple festivals around the country. As AJ’s intricate linoleum block printing method grows in popularity, I think we aren’t too far off from an official Phish print.
Ryan’s daily mandala’s are a treat, but this sun-mandala setting behind the Rocky Mountains and shining down on the crowd at Dick’s is a visual spectacle. Very much creating a three-dimensional image, the sunlight over the imposing mountains mimics Kuroda’s lights on the crowd at Dick’s, with fist-pump guy making a return appearance (he was in the bathroom during The Gorge). Full of detail and color, Kerrigan makes the Best of PhanArt once again, with fans calling this one out for the list months in advance.
#4 Fall Tour Puckheads from Branden Otto and Chatterbox
Designed with Chatterbox, Branden came up with possibly the most unique piece of art this year. Take the owl – clutching Fishman’s vacuum, with each feather on the wings representing one of Phish’s years from 1983-2013. Then, factor in the venues from Fall Tour – every one was, or currently is, home to an AHL or NHL team, making a hockey puck a perfect representation of the venues, as well as the band playing them. At $20, these pucks sold out quickly. Fast forward to MSG and official pucks were selling for $30 a piece, and not nearly as creative as Otto and Chatterbox’s. Pucking great work guys!
#3 “Fly Famous Mockingbird” / “Joy” by Isadora Bullock
What a year Isadora has had! These two prints were overwhelmingly the most popular that fans recommended for the Best of, so much that it was tough to pick one over the other, so both make the list. Isadora’s fine detail in her linoleum block printing, bursting colors and mesmerizing design are showing an artist not on the rise, but hitting a strong peak in her craft. Atlantic City’s poster has the Famous Mockingbird flying towards the Jersey shore, with the venue the center of the resonating waves of sound, while Hampton returns us to a church-like setting, because that’s exactly the feeling one would gain from visiting The Mothership; the stained-glass practically pops off the paper. With an art show in Asheville that runs through February (if you live anywhere close, make the trip and check out her growing gallery of great posters), things couldn’t be looking brighter for Isadora.
#2 Page Side Rage Side Underwear
You have to recognize a great idea when you see one. Page Side on the front (with a dead fish) and Rage side on the back – do these need to explanation? Hot sellers that blew up the site – PhanArt had more hits in the first two days these were on sale than any other item in such a span of time – these boy shorts went fast, as every guy on Phish tour picked them up for his girl, because why not? And Orange and Blue colors? Wise color choices indeed.
And the #1 piece of PhanArt, the Best of 2013 is…….
Yeah bitch! As if this was a surprise. Clearly the hottest piece of art this year was going to have some pop culture tie-in, as everyone and their brother was fawning over the final season of Breaking Bad. Combine “It’s Ice” and that ‘other’ Ice, throw in some Fishman donuts and the result was a nonstop barrage of “How soon can you print more shirts?”, as one printing sold out after another. The folks at Dogmatagram Designs had a hit and once the sticker became a sought after quick seller, shirts soon followed, and inevitably, a pin. Phish fans love a good pop culture connection to the band and this was one of the best in recent memory. As long as Breaking Bad is a legendary TV show, the Heisenberg/It’s Ice design will live on. Say you want this!
This Friday, January 10th, Isadora Bullock will have a poster show at Bookworks Studio in Asheville, NC. With over 50 of her prints on display, she will be giving an informal talk about her process in the shop where she makes her prints.
Please join Isadora from 5:30-7:30pm for a wine and cheese reception located at Asheville BookWorks Studio, 428 1/2 Haywood Rd, West Asheville, NC.