Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ween Emek San Francisco Poster Release

For the band WEEN’s second show in San Francisco Emek wanted to pay tribute to one of the most famous images in classic posters from San Francisco. (Among other changes, he turned the flying eyeball into the classic “Boognish” logo from Ween.)

At the bottom of my poster, Emek wrote a brief description:
Rick Griffin was born in California on June 18, 1944. His father was an engineer and amateur archaeologist and as a boy Rick accompanied him on digs in the Southwest. It was during this time that Rick was exposed to the Native American and ghost town artifacts that were to influence his later work. At 20, Rick hitch-hiked towards San Fransisco, he fell asleep, waking to find the car swerving from side to side. The vehicle went out of control and Rick lost his left eye in the accident (the story goes he was stabbed in his eye by his own drawing tools that were in his shirt pocket). I made the connection that perhaps this was the inspiration behind the EYE in his subsequent work. His work became more sophisticated and his characteristic fluid lettering style emerged. The famous "Flying Eyeball" poster ranks and one of the most important images of the era and is sought after by fans and modern art museums alike. In 1991 near San Fransisco, California, Rick was thrown from his Harely-Davidson motorcycle when he collided with a van. He died 3 days later on August 18th at the age of 47, leaving behind a legacy of visionary and influential Art. He inspired guys like me to keep the music poster scene interesting - even if one day I'd come along and commit sacrilege to his image - but also, hopefully honor his work. Hand-drawing Rick Griffin's incredible lettering and art was very challenging, but very fun. - EMEK
Size: 16" x 24”
Artist Edition of 100 on pearl paper
Signed, Numbered and Doodled
Price: $150 + shipping

On sale at

The BUY NOW buttons will appear sometime between 12:00pm and 12:30pm PST on Thursday Dec. 8th. The butt hurt will commence soon after.

When the sale is complete he will replace the BUY BUTTONS with SOLD-OUT

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