DESCRIPTION: MINT condition, quite rare, large silkscreened poster (12 1/4" x 22 1/2" [311mm x571mm]) for a 2-day, 20-band post-punk pop Festival called Lotsa Pop Losers. Festival was held at D.C. Space in Washington, DC and at an American Legion Hall in nearby Maryland, on October 26th and 27th, 1991. It was sponsored by Teen Beat Records, Simple Machines Records, Slumberland Records, and Whack! Bands that played were Tsunami, Velocity Girl, High-Back Chairs, Swirlies, Edsel, Kickstand, Kicking Giant, Johnny Cohen & the Love Machine, Flying Saucer, Unrest, Lilys, Sleepyhead, Bratmobile, Versus, Eggs, Lorelei, Sexual Milkshake, Small Factory, Linda Smith, and Tear Jerks.........
This poster features an illustration by Peter Hayes of a very despondent young man, crying his heart out over some perceived slight. With his mop-top haircut, long-sleeved t-shirt (most likely turtlenecked), stovepipe jeans and loafers, he is the very picture of a shoe-gazing emo dweeb. One who is sad and is projectile crying. All the lettering was done by hand by Peter, who has always been incredible at hand-lettering stuff. (I had Peter do the "Experts Agree!" lettering that we added to the second version of the "Meese Is a PIG" poster.) Peter was the singer and guitarist for The High-Back Chairs, the band I was playing drums for at the time. Printed on plain white paper, his design made very effective use of only 3 colors of ink. It's hard to tell from the photos, but poster has blue border to it (poster was printed with blue extending past crop marks, and then we had to trim out each poster by hand, to achieve this full-bleed effect). Poster was printed by hand by me and Peter and friends in the garage of Dischord House, for posting all over Washington. This was one of the last posters I ever silk-screened, because in 1992 I moved out of the Dischord House and had nowhere to print stuff. I don't remember how many of these posters we printed, most likely 150-200, 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 mint - I'd give it a 10 out of 10, 10 being pristine. It is on It has been kept flat for 21 years. The paper used for this poster was definitely not acid-free, as such a luxury was unaffordable. As a result, the paper does show the first signs of aging, but for now it really just has the effect of being EVER so-slightly off-white. It still looks completely fresh, though - the colors are as vibrant as can be, and I think real issues with acid won't really become a problem for another decade or two, by which time China and India will rule the World and we will have much bigger things to worry about. At this point, the poster is in fantastic condition, and to keep it that way, I will pack it VERY carefully in a ridiculously strong, 5" diameter tube. This poster is 21 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. 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: This beautiful multi-color poster is quite a deal for $ 25 !! If you think even $ 25 is too much, then you were most likely not there with us 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 1991. It is NOT a modern-day copy - it is an original poster from 1991, 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 charging $ 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.