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. If there is a piece of art or genre of PhanArt you would like to see, leave a suggestion in the comments below.
There were over 100 submissions to PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish related to the 4 band members, Trey, Jon, Mike and Page, but one stood out, garnering over 40 submissions of art that were ultimately used in the book. Of these many, we will share one or two each week during this Winter TAB Tour. The first piece is by Louis Arzonico, who captures through a most creative lens the likeness of The Bad Liuetenant. Made around 1999, Louis gets very visual and psychedelic in a cartoony Muppet take on our favorite gutiar player Big Red. The second piece was submitted by Noah Phence, who’s sticker and PhanArt collection was one of the top 5 contributers to the book, adding at 100-150 pieces of unique art that he made or collected over the course of his pre-breakup touring. Simply put, Trey is Good, but he is also Caspian, which means Trey is Fuckerpants. At some points of the later 1.0 and much of 2.0, you could make an argument for the latter and not the former, but he still generates a great deal of love beyond the judgement of a few.