He lives here in Richmond. Has a great indy radio show that is the bright spot of the airwaves in this town (recently heard a new catch phrase on a TV commercial for a local radio station..."soft AND contemporary"....good god...that's their selling point!)
Anyway, his show is pretty good but I can't get it at the apartment I'm in now and for some reason the web broadcast won't come in on my computer at work, but you can listen in at http://www.wclmradio.com/pages/bopst.html
Basically, I'm leery of people willing to be defined by broad categorizations regardless of the terms they use. In this case, under the hippie moniker, I have seen, witnessed & endured countless indignities under the pretense of graphic representations of peace love & happiness. Visually, the mine that is dredged is amazingly narrow in scope with most of the visual presentations settling for tried & true cliches and agonizing depictions of the drug experience. This is also based on first hand experiences at Grateful Dead concerts which were, without fail, an exercise in gut wrenching monotony both in sound and vision. I mean, if I see another poster simulating a tye dye or using dancing bears, skulls or drug paraphernalia, it brings out a seething hate in me mostly for the creator's settle for less ethics. The visual clues are readily apparent to a hippie fest poster by the familiarity of the culture's graphic norms. There are many stories I could relate from the last 30 odd years that prove the old Sex Pistols adage, "Never trust a hippie", but, as I think you would agree, most artists working under the hippie theme rely on what has gone before instead of bringing anything new to the table which is inexcusable in both theory & practice. I find this offensive in any visual presentation.
No offense taken, but I'm a little sensitive about the whole hippie thing seeing as their unbridled stupidity is holding us all back in the collective unconscious. As to using filters, I'm too old school to take that short cut as I love the process of doing things by hand. People have created some amazing effects using & creating them, but it's just not for me.
Man, you don't have to slam an entire group of people just because you don't care for their culture. I didn't mean to hit a nerve or nuthin, just telling you what I thought when I looked at your posters.
I've seen some shit that would blow your mind using the kalaidescope filter... that was in no way an insult.
Not a single filter was used on this poster. They always look cheesy and only the laziest (i.e.: hippies) designers settle for them. Laid out in PhotoShop 6 and layered to death. I'm a little sensitive, as if you hadn't guessed, about the hippie angle seeing as I hate just about everything associated with that tired assed culture. This one was a big hit on the tour as no one ever loses money utilizing pornographic imagery. I also make colleges constructed by hand using bits and pieces of mass culture which some take up to a year to complete. I took this technique and applied it to the computer.
First thing I thought when I looked the kalaidescope/madala posters was hippie band since they are usually all into the Eastern philosophy and many of the clothes are cotton batik with a repeating pattern... that's what I usually associate this look with. Probably also because I have several hippy artist friends who use this type of filter alot too, tho.
I can't tell what the chicks are doing from the jpeg... but thanks for the explanation!
Could be.......I went for the Indian mondalla(sp?) approach using pornographic imagery to give it that hedonist western touch. The rings around the logo are the carnal act, more fisting and a disturbingly distorted anus. All images that flood the mind when entering the Gwar/Dave Brockie Experience universe.
Thanks for checking the poster out. It's for the Dave Brockie Experience, the singer for Gwar's solo project. I designed this for a short tour I did with them so we could possibly make a little extra cash while out on the road. They sold pretty well, thankfully. His new cd is awesome.