DESCRIPTION: Near-MINT condition, quite rare, large silkscreened "Spark Plug Plant" poster (14 1/2" x 24" [368mm x 609mm]) for two High-Back Chairs shows in Washington, DC in 1990; with Ned's Atomic Dustbin at (old) 9:30 club on July 12th, and with Verbal Assault, Edsel, and Quill on July 13th at All Souls Church.
HISTORY: The High-Back Chairs were a post-punk pop band consisting of Peter Hayes, Jim Spellman (also in Velocity Girl), Charles Steck, and Jeff Nelson (that's me). This poster was a joint effort by Peter & myself - we were both graphic designers and we were also best friends. The image of the spark plug plant was blown WAY up from a teeny-tiny drawing on the end paper illustrations Peter did for the High-Back Chairs CD. Peter was always doing crazy, intricate cartoons for Greed Magazine as well as Washington City Paper. I did the typography and hand-lettering, and was in charge of printing it. Printed on plain white paper with 5 colors of ink. Poster was printed by hand by me and Peter and friends in the garage of Dischord House, for posting all over Washington. I'm not sure how many of these posters we printed, most likely 160, with most of them ending up slathered in wheat paste and gracing traffic control boxes and such. For those of you unfamiliar with the silk-screen process, each color was printed separately, so for instance every poster would be printed with yellow 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. Of course, I saved the very best of the bunch, and therefore the poster for auction here is from among those chosen as the best of those printed.
CONDITION: This poster is close to mint - I'd give it a 9.5 out of 10, 10 being pristine. It has been kept flat for 22 years. Three of the corners have gentle bends to them. In my opinion, they are barely noticeable and do not detract from the poster. This poster is 22 years old, and has been moved around to 3 different houses in that time, which makes the shape it's in all the more amazing. The white paper we printed it on has aged a bit, but the poster still looks great - colors are as vibrant as can be. I have striven to describe things as accurately as possible, and offer a full refund if you are not totally happy with your purchase.
THE PRICE: I'm sure that some of you may find the starting bid to a bit high, but all I can say is that you most likely not there 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 pain in the ass 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 1990. It is NOT a modern-day copy - it is an original poster from 1990, 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 strong tube. Priority Mail will be calculated at auction's end. I am adding $ 2.55 in "handling fees" to cover Insurance and Delivery Confirmation. 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.