PHOOTYKITS is a crossover project at the intersection of several different passions: graphic design, football (soccer), and Phish.
It re-imagines each Phish song as a Football Club and what each club’s crest and uniform (kit) would look like. The players on each team are famous versions of each song, as Phisheads commonly refer to them: the names are dictated by the venue or the city, the number by the show date. Real life soccer clubs’ team crests and kits have obviously served as inspiration for many designs but song/club associations are purely fortuitous and design-driven. To complete the exercise, the corporate sponsors are also all fictional, and to the best of my intent, tie back in some way or other to the song/team.
As this project gains traction with Phish and soccer fans, PhootyKits will be offering printing runs of fully customized kits (size/name/number) as soon as minimum order size is reached. These shirts are clever and they are going to take off. Visit Phootykits website now and get your club on the crest of this wave.
Michael Boyer is back this summer with his popular Phish inspired Jersey’s. Check out the description below!
100% polyester sublimated Phish Jerseys. Each jersey is unique. Only one number is assigned to eachjersey just like a signed and number print. Great light-weight wicking material, and perfect for hot sweaty summer tour. Please follow washing instructions carefully.
You can purchase a jersey and find size guidlines on Boyerart.com
Michael Boyer is a talented artist on the music scene who has many different artistic skills and is the owner and creator of Boyer Apparel & Screen Printing based out of Boulder, CO. I had some time after Fall Tour was over to chat with Boyer about all the projects that he does and to find out his inspiration on everything he does.
Kelley Zilembo: Seems like this summer and fall Phish tour was a big year for you with your basketball jerseys and posters. How long have you been making/selling your work on Lot and was this your biggest year so far?
Michael Boyer: This was a big year. I have finally found a way to combine my favorite thing in the world (Phish), and work. I have been selling my art on lot since 2009 (3.0), but it evolved significantly in the past five years. This was undoubtedly my biggest year so far.
KZ: I have seen so many of your jerseys and shirts being worn at shows this year. What was your inspiration for them?
MB: There are so many lot shirts. It seems that 90% are spin-off’s on famous logos. They are fun tees, but not very original. I wanted to bring something brand new, something fresh. I wanted to create a higher-end collection that only 10% of Phans might understand, but find it stylish and original. The ‘Page Side, Rage Side’ tanks were so popular that I wanted to keep it sleeveless. Jerseys seemed like an original option, so I sat on that thought for a while. If I were to do jerseys I needed names on the back, and I figured the most household names were Escuandolas (Antelopes) and Rutherford (Lizards).
KZ: You have Lizards, Llamas, Mockingbirds, & Antelopes with different numbers on them. What is the significance of the numbers?
MB: The numbers are my favorite part. Signed and numbered posters make the artwork one-of-a-kind, so I figured I could do the same for jerseys. None have repeating numbers. I plan to go to 99 and then produce “away team” jerseys with different colors.
KZ: You have done posters for Phish, STS9, Disco Biscuits, and Big Gigantic Conscious Alliance. Are all these bands that you follow and enjoy, and does that help with finding inspiration to make art?
MB: I like seeing all those bands, but especially STS9. I developed my first real emotional connection with music via STS9 in 2006. They are a huge inspiration. I couldn’t thank them enough.
KZ: We seem to run into each other at most Phish shows. What got you into Phish and how many shows have you seen?
MB: I remember listening to David Bowie sitting in the passenger seat of a Culver’s parking lot in high school. That was my first “holy shit” moment. I really fell in love with the band after the 2009 Saturday Red Rocks show. I think I’m only at 61 shows.
KZ: What were your thoughts on the Atlantic City Run and Phish covering themselves with new material?
MB: I loved it! Before the music started I was disappointed. I thought it was a pre-holiday marketing scheme. After reading the Playbill, hearing the second set, and the rest of the AC run, there was no doubt in my mind that Phish was authentically stoked to play their music. I feel the main goal of an artist is for the crowd to understand the love and passion behind their craft, and they couldn’t have done that any better.
KZ: You do so much other types of art, like wrapped jewelry and custom apparel clothing. Which is your favorite or most inspiring type of art to make?
MB: Jewelry. I love it. The pursuit of perfection really turns me on. The medium is evolving very quickly and leaves so much opportunity to innovate. I love creating something no one has seen before. Each piece is unique and original and the response I get from wire-wrapping keeps me alive.
KZ: The wrapped jewelry seems like it takes a lot of time, energy and detail to complete just one piece. How did you get interested in making it, and how long did it take for you to master doing it?
MB: I’m no master, but give me about 5 more years. I saw my first wire-wrapped pendant in 2005. I always love the natural perfection of birthstones, and I have always been an “artist”. I figured combining the two would be a good outlet. I gave it shot, and I was terrible and frustrated, but I seemed to love the outcome regardless. I wanted to be the best, and I still do.
KZ: Can you briefly explain the process of making one piece of wrapped jewelry from start to finish?
MB: A lot of planning, staring, twisting, caffeine and NPR podcasts. Remember lanyard? It’s kinda like that, but far more time consuming.
KZ: You also make hats that have similar designs to some of the custom apparel that you have made. When did you start making hats?
MB: I started with hats about a year ago. It suits my “vector based” illustration style. There is nothing like seeing someone across the country wearing one of my designs on their head.
KZ: In 2012, you came out with the ‘Page Side, Rage Side’ shirts, which where a big hit. How did you conceptualize the idea and design?
MB: That was my first Phish related design in 2009. They were not a big hit when I started, but after a few years of redesign, it has become very popular. I always heard people screaming, “Page side, Rage side.” I placed the design on the left side of the tee, and kept it really basic: Helvetica font, with two colors on black. It seems that folks on lot love selling “hippy dippy” flowy 1960’s art. That was never my style, and I think a lot of Phish fans don’t go for that either. A few years ago, I saw a “Mike Side Right Side” tee with the same color and font printed on the opposite side. That’s when I knew that my tee was a hit.
KZ: For other custom apparel, how does that work and what kind of things have you already made for fans?
MB: I started making custom apparel for commercial purposes. If the sprinkler company needed 100 tees, I was the guy to do it. As my design skills evolved a handful of retail brands and popular JamBand names approached me for help. I started designing for pennies, but remained persistent. Now, designing and printing retail is a major part of my business.
KZ: Are you working on anything new for Phish playing at MSG for this upcoming New Year’s Run?
MB: Hmmm…we’ll see. I’d like to keep the ball rolling with Phish merch, but its really tough selling in NYC. Expect to see me a lot in 2014.
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.
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.Today we continue the Best of PhanArt 2013 with a look at the art coming in at numbers 7-13. Be sure tocheck out Part 1from 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.
Erin’s Halloween print, her third to feature a mermaid, was inspired by vintage French horror film posters. Note the record with the label (translated) “Phish’s musical costume, Atlantic City.” Who knew their costume would be their own music? Another fabulous poster from Erin.
Hugely popular on tour all year, Dr. J is finally connected to “Julius” with proper art and an in your face palmed basketball. Expect to see folks wearing this shirt on tour for years to come.
#11 Jiggs Hampton Poster
Jiggs has been one of the foremost artists to make a name for himself in 3.0, and his posters over the past few years are a strong part of that. His Hampton poster included an intricate representation of the dates and location for the Fall Tour opener. Another sold out poster from Jiggs – job well done!
#10 Andrew Bryant ‘Band in Lights’ pin
When I talked to pinners about some of the best of the year, this was one that kept coming up, with resounding support for the design. Mini-silhouettes of the band under Kuroda’s lights, in a limited edition of 100, with a perfect quote from “Scents and Subtle Sounds” to cap it off – brilliant. He’s now up to a fourth version of the pin, with pin collectors clamoring for all editions.
#9 Tripp’s Commerce City Triptych
We all love Tripp’s Prints! Tripp has posters for nearly every show, and with his Commerce City Triptych, he gave fans a trio to drool over. Rising fish in the morning, shining at noon and setting in the evening are represented in his prints, with the scenic mountains drawn colorfully and three-dimensionally – perfect for a three-poster set for a perfect three night run at Dick’s.
#8 Michael Boyer’s Jerseys
At the Summer in Saratoga Art show on July 6th, fans were amazed at the setup of a different poster for each show of the tour, plus, something new – jerseys with characters from Phish songs as the ‘team’ logo. All summer long, Llamas and Mockingbirds were sold on lot, a hugely popular and incredibly unique piece of art. Boyer put great thought into these, and the quality of the product cannot be understated. Look for more jerseys from Boyer this summer, as well as as profile on the artist coming next week on PhanArt.
This poster surfaced a few days after Brian’s Hampton poster was seen online, and the lights for Boardwalk Hall were an even greater muse for Hill. Brian was on hand to sell his posters at the PhanArt Poster and Pin Exhibition in Atlantic City, with a huge response from fans who took to his representation of Boardwalk Hall, improving on the venue’s already impressive facade and late night light show.
That’s all for Part 2. What made the top 6? Check back tomorrow and find out!