Steve Beebie’s first Phish poster “Flight of the Mockingbird”from SuperBall IX depicts the scene of the Famous Mockingbird flying with the Helping Friendly Book in its grasp. Steve printed two editions, both signed and numbered: one run of 60 on 12pt white matte finish paper and another run of 15 on satin silver semi-reflective paper, dimensions are 8 5/8″ x 17 3/8′. White prints are $20 while silver prints are $25.
Look for more illustration from Steve this summer!
Looking back on the past year and all the art that was seen on lot, online, on Etsy, Facebook, Expressobeans and PhanArt, it has been great to see the Phish art community expanding as Phish continues to tour. Fans are finding the art inspired by Phish to not only help them get from show to show, but to also make it through the tough economic times in the country today. Fans are industrious to say the least while at the same time creative and seek to help each other out, something that Phish fans do unlike fans of any other band out there. Relatedly, the products that were once more difficult to make are now done with ease. In the past (1.0 and 2.0) it took talent and ability to design phanart, then you had to find a company to make the art (pre-internet) and then sell them, making a small profit with luck so that we could get to the next show.
Now, fans can make pins, the most popular form of phanart, and also a mildly profitable venture when done right. There are designs pouring out of the woodworks, with multiple pins DAILY put up for sale. They aren’t shirts (where it takes a design and a screenprinter) and this isn’t posters (where it takes a great amount of money and significant talent to make a sought after piece of art); this is pins – small, simple pieces of art that DO take time to create but are very easily created when compared to shirts or posters or any other version of art.
This year, the Best of 2011 was selected from fan reactions to art on tour, requests for art online, popular posts on Facebookand PhanArt.net, creativity put into the work, as well as fan and artist input in recent weeks on their favorite pieces of art. There were so many to choose from, we have some honorable mentions and an official 11 for 2011! Simply put: all PhanArt made in the last year has been amazing, and the following is some of the best. If you don’t agree, share what was missed below in the comments section
JDub Allstars can be found at virtually every Phish show selling an extensive selection of shirts, hats and other designs. These shirts covered the bases for all nine of Phish’s festivals and highlighted an image corresponding to each of the previous festivals. Pick up one of the limited selection of sizes left atDoctor Fluff Tees.
#6. Angry Birds of a Feather shirt by Phil HoffmanThese shirts were a hit on PT then made their way to UIC where Phil agreed to put these on the site. The Angry Birds of a Feather shirt combines two things that made for a great shirt design – an easily recognizable original image and an immediate reference to Phish that only Phish fans would get. The birds have the dates of the three UIC shows inside them as well. Phil has only a couple left
#4. AJ Masthay’s MSG RaptureAJ continues as one of the preeminent Phish poster artists and has made official prints for both Umphrey’s McGee and Widespread Panic as well as great prints for select shows for Phish each tour. This quadtych catches the panic of 2012 arriving set inside midtown Manhattan with the Garden taking center stage, as it should. This print sold out shortly after release, as many of AJ’s classic posters do.
#3. TRiPP’s Tahoe set of printsTRiPP had alot of prints to choose from this year, including MSG, Gorge, Merriweather and practically every show since Bethel, but the Tahoe prints stand out for their vibrancy and design, complete with a fish bubbling at the bottom of the sold out prints.
#2. Kuroda Light Rig shirts from Jonathan LambThe most creative hand drawn shirt design of the year, Jon Lamb’s ‘Kuroda Light Rig’ shirts. Vibrant in detail and capturing the 5th member of the band, Lamb’s shirt bounces off three different color shirts and draws you into the light.
and the #1 piece of Fan made Phish Art for 2011 is………………….
Ortiz’s ‘Da Blue Line’ sold out in less than an hour at Da Mock Show at UIC on 8/16/11and makes the list at #1. Capturing a classic Chicago image with the EL train blue line covered in the iconic cheerio design and headed straight to UIC, Ortiz’s print is no less than 5 colors and a giclee print on 220 gram fine art paper. The only remaining prints after UIC are his are Artist Proof prints which can be picked up by contacting Michael at ortiz (at) likemindedproductions.net and check out more great art by Ortiz on his site www.michaelortizart.com
From Rory Boyan comes his SuperBall IX racecar pin with incredible detail and a set of three ‘milestone’ pins that commemorate an individual fans 25th, 50th and 100th show. All pins below cost $15 each with $3 shipping and handling.
The SuperBall IX Formula 1 car features Hoodyear tires, a Lizard on side of car, Rutherford the brave driving, Prussia on the spoiler, the phrase “Read the Book”, “Hendge-oil”, on a #9 car with 1 and 3 as headlights for the dates of the festival.
This is a 25 scale pin representing having gone to 25 shows plated in brass
This is a 50 scale pin with 50 scales etched onto the pin and plated in silver commemorating having been to 50 shows.
This is a 100 scale pin, plated in gold with 100 scales etched onto pin, commemorating a 100th show
Back by popular demand from Lot Life for a limited time only, the ever famous and very awesome “Ballin” wook shirt. Silk screen print on front and back of Gildan tees. Front of shirt has the Ballin Wook and back of shirt has “Team Wook” Watkins Glen International. Cost is $15 plus $5 shipping
When Jake Palmer went to SuperBall IX, he brought 150 of his SuperBall IX posters and 150 Phunk War posters.
Security said he couldnt taken them in and after much discussion, Jake had to leave the prints outside the gate in lieu of confiscating them. All 150 were left and Jacob thought he was out all the money he invested into his hard work.
A week or so after SuperBall IX, Jacob got a random Facebook message from a fellow phan and Clean Vibes volunteer who was assigned to pick up a pile of trash near the gate. He found Jacob’s box of prints which had his name and phone number on the top. He thought it would be a shame to see Jacob’s hard work go to waste so he saved the box of prints, brought them home with him to Oregon, contacted Jacob and mailed them back to Vermont. For this, a debt of gratitude is owed to the Oregon phan, as Jacob was blown away and very grateful! Only 62 of 150 SuperBall prints and 84 of 150 Phunk War prints we recovered in this process. Read below to check out info about each print.
100# white card stock
150 Originally printed (only 62 were recovered then signed and numbered)
Descriptions from Jacob: I have been doing prints for all of the 3.0 shows I have gone to in order to fund my travels and make lasting memories for my phellow phish phans. Not everyone can afford a $50 official print and not a lot of people are willing to stand in line for something that might sell out before they get to it. I love art just like I love phish and want people to enjoy my art the way they enjoy phish.
The first print is titled “Foam“. For this print I decided to go with a geometric/psychedelic theme and incorporated the Red White and Blue of our very own star spangled banner in the 4th of July spirit. The texture that you see in the “Ball” (which is also reminiscent of the designs on the Ferris wheel during the “Ball Jam”) is actually a photo of a wave breaking on the beach creating sea foam. I always enjoy playing with texture, Typography and breaking boarders in my designs. There is so much you can do with these simple elements to make a design more appealing to the eye. I decided to leave out the boarder in this print all together. Being that this was my first Phish festival I wanted to leave it wide open in hopes that it would bring me something that I had not yet experienced with Phish. After watching Phish festivals on video for years and hearing countless tails of past experiences from phriends I was ready for the boundary-less experience that was to come my way and boy did it ever!!
100# white Card stock
150 Originally printed (only 84 were recovered then signed and numbered)
My second print is titled “Phunk War“. This print was an idea that came to me while sitting in a pizza shop in Burlington with two of my bestfriends. An obvious inspiration to this print is the now well know street artist, Banksy as well as Phellow PhanArtist Buds’ “Makisupa Stop and Search”. I have always been inspired by graffiti, street art, and tagging. This is probably where I get my love for Typography. Banksy is a very political artist and Phish falls into the “hippie” category which historically has been very political so I wanted to do something that played on politics in the Phish scene today. There are not a lot of protests to be scene in this day and age of “hippies” instead we have our own form of riot and we do it when something or someone touches our soul. In this case it’s the music of phish and we respond not with picket signs saying what we don’t want but signs requesting our favorite song and not with the throwing of grenades or flaming glass bottles filled with K-1 but with thousands upon thousands of (mostly)harmless glow sticks being hurled through the air creating live art and adding to the already indescribable moment at hand. I created this print to add to the already amazing amount of Phan-art out there and I hope that it adds to your memories of Phish.
The cost for each poster is $17.60, which includes shipping and handling.
Ben created a poster for Phish’s Superball IX Festival held over the 4th of July holiday weekend at Watkins Glen. And for those of you looking for something not specific to a show, he has released a series of minimalist portraits of the boys, each inscribed with lyrics specific to each band member.
The Superball IX poster is 13×19 printed on enhanced matte paper and is a limited run of 30 posters, each signed and numbered by Ben and is available for $15.
The “Phish Heads”, are 8×10 printed on fine art velvet and each is a limited run of 20, and can be purchased for $8 each.
This is the original concert lot poster by artist Maria DiChiappari for PHISH at Superball IX in Watkins Glen, NY 2011. This poster is printed on 11×17 on card stock in a limited edition of only 200 and is signed and numbered.
Hang the poster up to help you remember an incredible weekend of PHISH and even rub that Ganesh’s belly for good fortune! Made with love!!
Brian Peterson’s Super Ball 9 Poster is printed with 3 colors on heavy 80 lb stock paper. In a limited run of 50, only 20 are left available. Each print is $20 with $5.50 for shipping. The print measures 12″ x 18″
This print is an 11×17 Phan Art poster by Ian Cross celebrating Superball 9.
From the artist:
“The idea came to me when thinking about the word Superball, I thought to myself that our solar system contains the largest comprehensible Superballs of them all, eight planets plus our sun=Superball 9. It’s printed on thick super glossy photo stock. It’s based on an original watercolor and acrylic painting done by me, Ian Cross.”
There are a limited number of these left, the posters are signed and numbered and are from a run of 200.