Josh Schultz has been making art since he was old enough to hold a pencil. His background with Phish goes back to hearing them for the first time in 1993. He was hooked from the start, with Hoist being his entry point to the band, and his first show Gainesville, FL on October 23, 1994.
The Phish-inspired art Josh has made is inspired by live shows, the lot scene, album art and poster art that is prevalent throughout the community.
Josh started producing Phish specific art about 6 years ago, with his sketchbook handy and ideas popping in, he finally put together an online T-shirt/print shop to house his variety of designs.
Character art and logo spoofs are just some of Josh’s current output, things that are interesting and eye appealing.
“From the very beginning I was glad and felt lucky to be a part of this experience. It truly changed my life. It gave me a much deeper understanding and interest in music. It propelled me to learn to play guitar and piano. I play keys in a band and we often play a Phish mix of things.”
Josh made this guitar print after seeing TAB in Chicago many years ago. During “Architect,” the light bounced off Trey’s guitar just right and was “just burned in my brain” as Josh recalls. “Trey was using it as a beam and shining it around the room.”
In Josh’s shop, The Image Wizard, check out his Hamms/Jamms mashup, and a mash-up with the funk or Parliament, the face of Jerry, the guitar of Trey, and a fro for good measure.
Sneakin’ Cali’s eye popping Trey Dress is now available for pre-order. This sexy bodycon style dress features an abstract image of our favorite guitarist with one of his many “O” faces on an appropriately colored red background. Each dress is cut & sewn to order. The material, 85% poly/15% spandex, is comfortable, stretchy, and perfect for rocking out to your favorite band. This custom piece of Phashion is available for only $90. Pre-Order yours from Sneaking’ Cali Designs today!
You saw it at Magnaball. “MOTHERFUCKERS ACT LIKE THEY FORGOT ABOUT TREY” made you laugh and ask “Where can I find this sticker?” A spinoff of the hip hop classic lyric “Forgot about Dre”, this excellent sticker from Jon Rustin will be available at Dicks on lot but you can order them online now via PhanArt.
Cost for stickers is 1 for $3, 2 for $5, 5 for $10 and 12 for $20. All sticker orders ship after Dicks. Jon has agreed to donate 10% of net profits to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation.
Pinsanity has two new T-shirts out for Summer tour 2013 and for the Chicago run. Both shirts are on pre-sale now and will end and ship on July 12th. They will have a very limited amount on lot, in Alpharetta, Chicago, and Dicks.
Summer Tour Jedi T-shirt
They will be printed on 100% cotton, Gildan Quality Tees.
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large are $20
XX-Large is $23 Buy here
Chicago Run T-Shirt
Printed on Quality 100% Cotton Anvil Royal Blue shirts.
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large are $20
XX-Large is $23 Buy here
Henrietta 30th Anniversary ties are now available while supplies last. They are 100% silk and woven with a 30th anniversary back label. They are $40 shipped. Trey, Mike, And Page ties are also still available. Deals on multiples at www.stupindouscreations.com.
I had never before seen a Broadway musical prior to my trip to New York City’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre to see the new musical “Hands on a Hardbody”. The main draw was simple – Trey wrote the music for the musical, which is based on a 1997 documentary about a contest in Texas to see who could keep their hands on a pickup truck the longest. Since this is Trey’s music, I knew what to expect, mainly because the transfer of talent from amphitheater (with Phish and TAB), to music halls (with Philharmonic orchestras across the country) showed his versatility and ability to branch out into other realms of the musical arts. With the combination of Trey and Amanda Green and a stellar cast, the experience was a top notch hit and I couldn’t recommend it any stronger to Phish fans to see. Staged at the nearly 90 year old Brooks Atkinson Theatre in Manhattan, the intimate setting (~1000 seats) brought the stage close up to the audience, guaranteeing a good seat no matter where you were. From the start, the premise of the musical came out clear, particularly the rules, the 15 minutes breaks after 6 hours and the manually rotated truck all set the stage nicely, peppered with a strong Texas vibe best described by John Steinbeck in Travels with Charley. Trey’s influences in the songs are apparent, with the upbeat tempos, quick yet sharp transitions and, rubbing off on Amanda Green, some funny/Phishy lyrics. There is of course, “My Problem Right There”, one of the two songs Phish has performed live. This tune, sung by Jacob Ming-Trent (Ronald McCowan) has a serious soul injection while he raves about his problems of brains, women and sleep. A sexy “Burn That Bridge” is performed by Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Heather Stovall) and Jim Newman (Mike Ferris), giving a twist to the story and burning up the stage in the process.
The Phish songs were played well, which, in my case, were an incentive to seeing the show – I knew a couple songs going in to this otherwise new musical; in a way it felt like my early days of going into Phish show and being excited to know a couple songs. Still, there were 17 songs in the musical that haven’t (yet?) been performed by Phish, including some reprises, but no Tweeprises. “Joy of the Lord” gave out a gospel stomp courtesy of Keala Settle (Norma Valverde) that engaged the whole cast and elicited some of the largest applause of the night. The sweet and airy “I’m Gone”, a duet between Allison Case (Kelli Mangrum) and Jay Armstrong Johnson (Greg Wilhote) that captures Trey’s guitar tone (think a mix of “Sleep Again” and “Horn”), was a highlight for the emotional outpour of the song – the first point where I saw the true incentives for taking part in this contest – as well as the terrific pairing of Case and Johnson. Act One ended strong, with many hopeful contestants still in play.
The vibe changed in Act Two: exhaustion sets in on the characters, the sleepless nights and the searing Texas sun during the day. This was compounded with spats of racial profiling, deception and even accusations, culminating with “It’s a Fix”. This was an emotion-packed Act 2, most notably “God Answered My Prayers”, one of the most heartfelt tunes of the show thanks to Hunter Foster’s role as Benny Perkins; through him the audience could most strongly make an emotional investment in a contestant, so drawn into his case for winning the truck. The finale, a rousing and uplifting “Keep Your Hands on It” sang the moral of the story with the full cast: If you want something, keep your hands on it. I walked out on a buzz from the entire performance, less because it was my first musical but more because of the strong musical numbers and incredible acting and choreography. I would highly recommend this for Phish fans to check out, perhaps on a day off on Summer Tour this July?
“Hands on a Hardbody” is written by Doug Wright with lyrics by Amanda Green and music by Trey Anastasio, directed by Neil Pepe and musical staging by Sergio Trujillo.
Best Songs: “My Problem Right There”, “Burn that Bridge”, “I’m Gone”, “Joy of the Lord”, “Stronger”, “God Answered My Prayers”, “Used to Be”, “Keep Your Hands on It”
There is a special fan discount that is valid until April 6th. Go through Ticketmaster to purchase tickets here and enter the discount code FAN1HH in the offer code box, then choose your seats from the interactive seat map. One bit of advice – the seats are a bit cramped, so if you are tall like me, get an aisle seat and thank me later.
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.
These shirts are modeled after the “Jah Volunteer” shirt that Trey occasionally wore onstage some years back. Two words that say it all. These shirts are available in sizes M, L, XL, and XXL. Cost is one for $12, two for $18 and includes shipping. Please specify shirt size in the instruction box when ordering.
Pin Me Down Designs is the creation of Josh & Christy from North Carolina. Having been on tour since 1996, you may have seen them flip quesadillas on lot. They have been designing pins since summer 2009. Most of the pins are produced in small quantities or limited editions and designed based on their love of music. Josh and Christy try to keep their designs modern and make their pins suitable for clothing, bags, hats or collecting. Each pin incorporates the limits of what can be done with a pin (i.e. the book pin and their spinner pins). Although most of their pins can be found on their website, they doe make a few ‘lot only’ pins that can only be found at shows.
The pins seen here include the Ghost Book Pin which is an actual tiny book that opens to read “Summer Tour 2011” on the left page. The tour dates and cities are listed on the right page. This pin is a limited edition of 300 for the first leg of Summer 2011. It measures 1.25” and has a double posted back. Cost for the pin is $20 plus $3 shipping and handling.
The Ghost Pin is a super cute Mini-Pac-Man style ghost wearing the Cheerio dress. This pin is .5” and has 1 post and is perfect to rock low key style. Cost for this pin is $10 with $3 shipping and handling.
Trey/Jedi Pin: This brand new design says Trey and flips to read Jedi. It features Trey’s Languedoc and a glow in the dark light saber! This pin measures 2” from guitar to tip of light saber and is double backed. This pin costs $18 with $3 shipping and handling.