DESCRIPTION: MINT condition silkscreened poster, very long and wide (12 3/4" x 37 1/2" [324mm x 952mm]) for "The Unqualified Music & Poetry Festival" at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on April 28th, 1988. With 12 colors of ink on nice, thick Speckletone paper stock, this poster was the most complicated one I ever printed. It was also totally useless as an advertising device, because it took me so long to finish the damn thing that I got it done only 2 days before the Festival!!
HISTORY: This festival was organized by Jenny Toomey, of Tsunami and Simple Machines records, I think in her last year as a student at Georgetown. Acts appearing included Tad Packet, Jeanine Gibbs, Station-to-Station Collective, Tiik & Friends, Mark Sullivan, Sharon Morganthaler, and Ambrosia Shephard. Before I even got to the printing stage, and the problems inherent in printing 12 different colors (struggling to keep them somewhat in registration with each other), it took me ages to finish the drawing of the multi-cultural tug of war. My friend Ian MacKaye was kind enough to pose for a series of Polaroids for me, and he held onto an old vacuum cleaner hose in various positions and pretended to pull. Our dog Go-Go art directed (see photo). I have long been a fan of art featuring scantily-clad females (so long as it is for lofty and noble purposes, of course) and thought this would be a great chance to help bring back toplessness in art. Only later did I really think about how painful rope burns from a topless tug of war would be! And gloves would probably be a good idea. This poster was printed by hand by me and Jenny and other friends in the garage of Dischord House. For those of you unfamiliar with the silk-screen process, each color was printed separately, so for instance every poster would be printed with cream-colored ink, and then laid out to dry all over the place. Once dry, the posters were gathered up again, and using a different screen, the next color was printed on each poster, and this was repeated for however many colors the design used. All this was done by hand, and using the most rudimentary, homemade equipment imaginable. Therefore, the exactnesss of the registration between the various colors would vary greatly from poster to poster, making each one truly different from the next. I think we printed 500 copies of this poster, most of them long since gone. Some posters had 12 colors, and some had a 13th color for "A Celebration of Diversity."
CONDITION: This poster is mint - It is a 10 out of 10, 10 being pristine. Might even be an 11! It has been kept flat for 20 years, and the colors are as vibrant as the day it was printed. It has been moved around to 3 different houses in that time, which makes the shape it's in all the more amazing. As I mentioned earlier, printing 12 colors on homemade equipment resulted in much variation from poster to poster, and the registration between colors is definitely imperfect. Each poster is literally different than the next, and you have to be willing to accept and embrace that variety. I will not send out anything remotely substandard - I will only send out what I myself would likely be willing to display. I have striven to describe things as accurately as possible.
THE PRICE: Compared to other posters I have printed and have up for auction, this one features no famous bands or poets, so I am offering these posters for much less than my other posters. I have settled on a fixed price of $15.00, which I think is quite fair for a very nice-looking poster that took literally hundreds of hours to produce. I'd rather have them see the light of day than just sitting in my basement.
MORE REASONS YOU SHOULD BUY THIS POSTER: Printing this and other silk-screened poster I did entailed me and my friends toiling away, day after day, night after night, to print these in the filthy garage with rain coming through the roof, water coming in from the driveway, no heat, no air conditioning, flies, mosquitoes, disgusting cave crickets or hoppers, and rats, all the while getting headaches, rotted cuticles and who knows what else from the horrible xylene-based inks and screen wash. Posters such as this took between fifty and a hundred hours to design, prepare for printing, and print, and it has further been a real pain storing this and other large posters for years, keeping them flat, safe and dry. I know that none of the bands appearing on these posters I'm selling are household names, and therefore are likely not in such immediate demand. But we always tried very hard to produce beautiful, lasting posters for our bands, a poor man's art, and I like to think that most of the posters my friends and I printed have stood up pretty well, as nice things to look at! As I said, most of the posters we printed were slapped up with wheat paste, and given away, and as a result pristine copies are rather hard to come by. If little interest is shown in them now, I'll just hold on to them for another couple decades - and then you'll see! But you, you who have read this far, you are different -you are finding yourself agreeing with everything I'm saying, and you are finding yourself drawn to these posters featuring bands you've never heard of - you know you are wanting them, all of them, and you are finding yourself unable to stop yourself from bidding on them! You know you are wanting my old pieces of paper at any cost, and you are happily giving me the contents of your wallet.
PROVENANCE: This poster is unconditionally guaranteed to be 100% original, from 1988. It is NOT a modern-day copy - it is an original poster from 1988, and comes from my punk archives, which are being downsized after continuing to be described as "too big" and "insane" or containing "more than my potential kids or grandkids will ever want." Please see my auction for lots of other punk/hardcore flyers and records as well as other jetsam, things you didn't realize you needed, etc.
PAYMENT: Ohio Residents add 6.75% Sales Tax to item total (not shipping). Payment by PayPal only, says eBay. Please pay within 3 days of auction end.
SHIPPING: Poster will be very carefully rolled, protected with tissue or tracing paper, and placed in a ridiculously strong (and pricey) tube. Tube is 5" in diameter, to prevent having to roll poster at all tightly. Priority Mail will be calculated at auction's end. I am charging $ 4.50 in "handling fees" for the mailing tube and insurance. Outside of USA, reasonable Airmail rates apply. I'll be happy to give you a quote for postage to your country. If you might bid on some other posters or flyers I have up for auction, just let me know - I'll be happy to combine shipping, and in so doing save you money, me effort, and the Earth trees.