This was originally posted for the June 2010 Phish shows at SPAC. With a few tweaks, some updates and punctuation improvements, here is what you need to know about going to SPAC for Phish during July 3-5, 2014.
You’ll need this – the map of Saratoga Spa State Park.It is VERY easy to get lost, as you can quite easily wind up walking around for an hour looking for the lot your car is in, or altogether become disoriented. Download PDF: SPAC Map
In the interest of making sure everyone knows what has been the norm in the past, whether you have been here before or not, keep in mind a few things:
State Troopers : Younger fans, keep the alcohol under lock and key, as alcohol sensors have been used in the past. If they see you drinking, they’ll dip in a stick detector for alcohol into the drink and then they can search you. Arcane? Yes. Illegal? Possibly. Outlandish and Insane? Indeed. Don’t stress, just play it smart! This comes from people who have been there and people who work there. Use your heads.
Hotels have also been given a contact number to call if they suspect drug use. So be careful when you are pre-gaming at the hotel or getting back and trying to enjoy the post-show scene or get some sleep.
Post show, there will be checkpoints for drunk driving and K-9 units for the obvious. Don’t leave the park without a sober driver and when you do, drive the speed limit, the cops need only a small reason to pull you over, either on Route 9, Route 50, I-87 or the small towns north and south of Saratoga.
While in town….
Post shows, there are a couple of options right in Saratoga for those who want to keep the party going and are equipped with a designated driver to keep it going till the sun comes up.
The Putnam Den has fast become the premier live music venue in Saratoga, after SPAC. There are three late night shows, one for each night of Phish and only TWO miles from SPAC! Plus, there are more shows each night at The Parting Glass, literally a 0.3 mile walk from Putnam Den. Both venues feature incredible music and a discount if you buy passes to both post-shows each night.
You can find all the info on the post-shows here, but in short, here are your choices for post-Phish music:
July 3rd – Lucid at Putnam Den
July 4th – Waylon Speed at The Parting Glass
July 4th – Twiddle at Putnam Den
July 5th – Formula 5 at The Parting Glass
July 5th – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Putnam Den
Don’t miss out on the 4th and final pin in the Summer 2012 Poster Series. This Limited Edition of 75 Dicks pin is double posted, numbered, stamped with the Jiggs logo and features hard enamel and recessed metal. The dates were omitted to not make it show specific. 1.75 inches. $15 plus shipping.
Also still available the 3rd of 4 LE pins from Jiggs summer 2012 poster series. The Deer Creek pin is Limited Edition of 100, double posted, numbered, and stamped with the Jiggs logo. 1.5 inches. $15 plus shipping.
Well, 2012 was an incredible year for PhanArt, with more art than ever before, plus the addition of five staff members to the site – Taylor, Kelley, Chris, Jim and Chris. Fans have been submitting more and more art to PhanArt for sharing on the site, which led to a record number of posts as well as a record amount of money raised for The Mockingbird Foundation – over $3700!
What was popular this year? Well, shirts and posters as usual, but anything that had that Cheerio/Henrietta design took top honors for the most common piece of phanart. It seemed that every bit of clothing and all sorts of art were seeing this design, any why not? It’s iconic, only Phish fans know what it is, making it a silent calling card for other fans whether at a show or in real life. There was at least one wedding party with Fishman ties for the groomsmen!
Then of course, there are pins, which has basically become a flooded market. Everyone is making them, few are buying and many are trading for them. Some of them are truly amazing and we are likely only a few days away from the first ‘Golf Ball’ themed pin of 2013. There are a reported 1700-1800 pins total made already, according to Fred Hosman, who would know, because he collected pretty much every single one up to date. That number of pins is more than the number of individual pieces of art in PhanArt: The Art of the Fans of Phish!
So, here we are with more art being made, Phish being at the top of their game and the 30th anniversary likely to shed a great deal of art, especially if there are more shows than the last two years. Without further rambling, I present the Best of PhanArt, 2012 edition. This list of 12 was compiled with input from fans on the website, Facebook, Twitter, as well as reported sales from artists and feedback on lot. Some of these pieces of art are still available for sale, while some sold out a long time ago. Click the links to see what you can still get and support the Phish Art Community!Remember, the Phanart made in 2012 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.
A simple Tweet led to an incredibly popular sticker, so much so that it was sold in bulk to a few fans during Summer Tour. Andy Cary’s wit led to a sticker that was begged for at shows, Jiggs’ design made it the perfect bumper sticker for a car, and led to some nice donations for The Mockingbird Foundation, as Andy deferred any profit to them. In keeping with that, all sales of this sticker through the month of January will go to The Mockingbird Foundation, after shipping and handling.
You couldn’t make a more literal pin, but Jeff from My Phavorite Things did, and succeeded. It doesn’t look like there are any pins left for sale, but if you can get one, this is a well through out and produced pin.
Life is Good < Life is Hood. Brian Kushner of PhanBadge made a great shirt with a familiar guitar sticking out, and the response was incredible. Many shirts were out of stock by the time SPAC rolled around. Brian graciously donated a few shirts to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation, all of which were snapped up quickly. The crossover aspect is huge with this shirt, since you can wear it to a show or just in daily life, getting more than a few heads to turn when they notice the slight difference in this now classic shirt.
8. Party Time/Playboy shirts
Seen on the lots of Bader Field in June, this is a great shirt, hands down. The Playboy brand has an aura of epic parties in the grotto, and ‘Party Time’ is the perfect way to to tie the two together. This shirt was only seen briefly on tour, so we have no purchasing info, so if you know who made this shirt, contact PhanArt (at) gmail and we will do our best to have it up on the site. Again, great shirt to the creators!
Branden Otto has been making posters since 2010 and in 2012, he found his groove, creating incredible work from start to finish. Fans sold out one edition, leading to a second variant being produced. Stacking the vehicles, adding in tour dates and some subtle Phish references, as well as great creativity and color schemes showed that Otto is moving on up among his fellow artists.
The “Jam Jar” series by Tweezburger creator Jon Weber and Cactus Bomb Designs doesn’t just look great on bread, all 6 jump out as genius spins on different jams Phish has done over the years. Funny, small and a set = classic Phish pins.
5. Summer Tour Pac-Man shirts
These were seen through much of Summer Tour, although the creators never got in touch with us to get on the site. Based on the number of fans wearing them, it’s likely they sold well on tour, if not sold out. Using the one and two-stops on tour as general pellets to eat, and the four 3-day runs the Power pellets is just smart designing. This was well thought out and a great design. It would even be higher on the list, but black isn’t a great color shirt for the summer. But being in the top half of the Best of 2012 isn’t too shabby. Big ups to the four levels at the bottom, one for each tour to date in the 3.0 era.
Jiggs has branched out from his earlier designs and t-shirts and delved into some great posters in the past year, starting with NYE 2011 and going through 2012 with Bader Field, OKC Zoo and Dick’s prints. This one stands out among them all, capturing the song that would cap off the band’s first show in Oklahoma, in a most unique fashion.
Never in a million years did I think that Phish-themed ties would be a thing, let alone a well produced thing. Well, Adrian from stuPINdous Creations proved that one wrong, a few times over. First there was the Henrietta tie, then the Cactus and Big Red ties (seen below) and most recently, a Henrietta Bow Tie. Many of these ties sold out quickly, especially the Henrietta tie. These ties are stylish, they are great for work or play and speaking from experience, get compliments nearly every time. That’s a great tie – when they don’t realize there’s a Phish theme to it, but you do. Adrian, nice work on these. Can’t wait to see the Page tie! Here’s to hoping it involves sandwiches!
The intricate detail of this limited edition print from Ben Whiteselland the overwhelming response from Phish fans made this a runaway #1 choice for 2012. Ben has made great prints in the past and this one is the culmination of his growing skills in making great posters. Examine the way in which Ben detailed Trey’s guitar, going deeper with a mechanical angle and creating one of the best posters of 2012. Ben, here’s to hoping you can keep making art of this caliber in 2013!
So, did we miss something? Was there some art that should have made the list? If so, tell us what you think we missed in the comments below. Art is all around us on Phish tour and this is just a small slice of the great art out there this past year. With greater input from fans taken into greater account this year, we feel this is a great representation of the Best PhanArt of 2012. If this past year is any hint, 2013 will be even better.
A new artist spotted on lot at Dick’s, Lulu, has created a unique ‘Dicktych’ double print to commemorate the shows this past Labor Day Weekend.
“This poster set was hand silkscreened with 4 colors for the Labor Day shows of 2012. It’s the original Dicktych (Diptych) of 2012. The left half entices the Colorado Spirit and the sport of Phishing for all. While, the corresponding right half, depicts a fish peering into the snorkel mask of the left half. Fluorescent orange, green and purple give this Dicktych a lasting vibrant appeal.”
There are two sets left while Lulu will be selling the remainder of the poster at right separatel. The set costs $45 with free shipping while the right poster costs $25 with free shipping. Each poster is signed and numbered. Lulu has offered to donate a set of these prints to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation.
This print from Dima Yastronaut and featured by Lesley Vernon is printed on 13″x19″ heavy gloss 110lb cover stock paper. The digital painting features a beautiful view from the Boardwalk in front of Trump Plaza, Hunter S. Thompson, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Fluffhead) and CK5 lights in the text, plus some hidden eye candy all through out the print. This is a print worthy of cherishing you fear and loathing in AC memories. Artwork by Dima Yastronaut. All are signed and numbered in an edition of 222. Cost is 1 for $15, 2 for $20, with free shipping.
Maria DiChiappari’s original concert poster for Phish at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado is available exclusively on PhanArt. Measuring 17″ x 11″ and printed on card stock, this poster is in a limited edition of only 200, costing only $20 including shipping. Each poster is made with love by Maria.
“Back on the Train” by Michael Ortiz of Like Minded Productions is released in conjunction with the Phish shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City Colorado. The poster is a follow up to the last two posters Michael Ortiz designed in conjunction with the band. The posters are a great combination of Colorado landscape and the band. The limited edition series of posters are numbered out of 80 and are giclee prints done on 210 gram Textured fine art paper measuring 17″ x 22″. Each print has deckled edges and are signed and numbered by Michael Ortiz. Prints are available at $30.00
This weekend marks, not only the return of our favourite band to Colorado for consecutive Labour Day runs, but also my 100th Phish show! Anticipating a memorable tour-closing run, and a personal milestone, I created a print to commemorate the never-ending splendor that is Live Phish. Rocky Mountain ReadIcculus is a limited edition screen print run of 150 on archival 100lb Cougar paper (24″ x 18″), all signed and numbered. Transposing a scene from the epics of Gamehenge to Colourful Colorado, we are reminded to read the words of the great and knowledgeable Icculus: The Helping Friendly Book. Here, Icculus appears a top the Rockies and calls on his faithful friend the Famous Mockingbird to deliver the HFB to the good people of Denver.
Price is $35 including shipping/handling in a reinforced postertube to anywhere in the US/Canada. I wanted to send this announcement before the shows hit, so, if you’re interested, you can preorder now or look out for me in the lots… whichever is easiest for you. I’ll take requests for numbers on a first come-first serve basis, and will ship all orders within two days of receiving payment. Prints will be available for $25 in the lots at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this Saturday and Sunday (I think I’ll take Friday night off). If you miss me at the shows and prints remain, I will be happy to send you one for the same $25 (you’ll just have to pick up the $10 shipping). And, as always, all subscribers (who have purchased at least four consecutive prints) will be receiving free shipping (and of course, you’ll receive the same number print that you’ve gotten in the past); just remind me when you send payment.
*For anyone that would like to become a subscriber, I am happy to reserve the same print number for you (as long as it’s still available) and guarantee you free shipping for every print after four purchased. Please just let me know…
Rocky Mountain ReadIcculus
Labour Day, Colorado 2012
Edition of 150
24″ x 18″
Chicago artist Tim Ripley’s Commerce City poster is a fantastically vibrant print measuring 22″ x 16″,done in five colors for this hand pulled screen print. The poster is signed and numbered in an edition of 242 on 150 lb acid free 30% post consumer recycled paper.
Part of Ripley’s style is to draw images into the design to be found later on. In “Phoxomoxoa” there are 15 tiny hidden images of animals referencing Phish song titles and a tiny portrait of the artist.
Tim will be on lot at Commerce City for all three shows, where the poster costs $25. If you aren’t going to the shows and still want to get one, email timothyripley (at) hotmail.com and pick one up for $32, which includes shipping.
Osso Inc has made a fantastic print for the Starlight Theatre show on 8/22, likely one of the few we will see from fans. This is a two-color Linocut in a run of 25 printed on Canson 300GSM stock. His website is ossoinc.weebly.com and you can pick up the poster below for $20 plus $7 shipping.