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Wonderama/High Five Silkscreen Poster '88 DC Dischord

Wonderama/High Five Silkscreen Poster '88 DC Dischord


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Wonderama/High Five Silkscreen Poster '88 DC Dischord

DESCRIPTION: Mint condition, quite rare, large silkscreened poster (13 3/4" x 23" [311mm x571mm]) for a Wonderama and High Five show at D.C. Space in Washington, DC on October 28th, 1988. D.C. Space (or d.c. space, as they preferred it to be written) was a great art gallery/nightclub/restaurant that hosted many great shows over the years, and now hosts a Starbucks. Wonderama was a band including Peter Hayes, Geoff Turner (Gray Matter, Senator Flux, 3) and Jeff Nelson (that's me). Peter & Jeff were in The High-Back Chairs together later, and Geoff and Jeff were in Three and Senator Flux together......... 

 This poster was designed, illustrated, and hand-lettered by Peter Hayes, and features a mutant scuba diver, whose breathing apparatus comes straight out of the top of his head!! Peter was always doing crazy, intricate cartoons for Greed Magazine as well as Washington City Paper, and was 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.)  Poster is printed on plain white paper with 5 colors of ink. Photos have a bit of a pinkish cast to them that does not exist in actual poster. Poster was printed by hand by me and Peter and friends in the garage of Dischord House, for posting all over Washington. I don't remember how many of these posters we printed, most likely around 150, 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 of 10, 10 being pristine. It has been kept flat for 20 years.  Colors are as vibrant as the day it was printed.  The paper it was printed on was not the greatest, and the paper itself shows signs of aging, but it is not from sunlight or exposure to the elements.  It's more that you can sense that the poster is 23 years old.  It has been moved around to 3 different houses in that time, which makes the shape it's in all the more amazing.  
At this point, the poster is in fantastic condition, and to keep it that way, I will pack it VERY carefully in a strong tube.  
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 be 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 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 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.

REFUNDS: I guarantee 100% the authenticity of everything I am selling, and strive to describe the condition of items as accurately as possible.  I will only accept returns if you have e-mailed me first and I have agreed to refund your money.

EXCITING LIST OF SEARCH WORDS: DC hardcore, emo, punk archivist, punk packrat, too much stuff, huge gas bills, eating pizza in the garage, eating pizza in the basement, after eating pizza underwater you should wait at least 30 minutes before shooting sharks, fighting rats in garage, fighting rats in basement, horrible printing conditions, emo, Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, limpet mines look a little bit like deep-dish pizzas, I still have my G.I. Joe scuba diver!  
Payment by PayPal only, according to eBay. Please pay within 3 or 4 days of auction end. Thanks!
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