daYUM! Now this poster rocks my world. I agree with everything John A said. Great great great poster.
If you ever do a poster for a Belfast show please do not use a red hand... your house will be fire bombed.
Damn this is a nice poster
Too bad I haven't been able go to Israel for a while now... would have loved to be able to walk on Allenby Street and look for this poster hanging in some funky shop.
somehow I knew you'd get this Tel Aviv gig Emek. Fine fucking job man, one of my favorites for sure. concept, execution, BAM. Plus all the collector dorks who hate the Melvins will eat this up as well. BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAA
The Chamsa, hand of G-D, the Evil Eye Talisman, an ancient symbol of the middle east region, still used to this day by both sides of the conflict as protection from Evil... now punkrockified.
In recent years activists for Middle East peace have chosen to wear the hamsa as a symbol of the similarities of origins and tradition between the Islamic and Jewish faiths- a very controversial idea to many of the older generation.
text reads: For the First time in Israel, friday night in Tel Aviv at Club Barby the Melvins
(and some other "stuff")
13" x 23" silver ink and colors balck paper
The Hamsa or Khamsa -literally "five" in Hebrew. An alternative Islamic name for this charm is the Hand of Fatima or Eye of Fatima, in reference to Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Muhammed. An alternative Jewish name for it is the Hand of Miriam, in reference to Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron as well as the Hamesh Hand. It serves as an ancient talismanic way of averting and getting protection from the evil eye, or more generally of providing a "protecting hand" or the "Hand of G-d". It appears, often in stylised form, as a hand with three fingers raised, and sometimes with two thumbs arranged symmetrically. The symbol is used in amulets, charms, jewelry, door entrances, cars, and other places to ward the evil eye.
Some sources link the significance of the five fingers to the five books of the Torah, part of the Jewish Tanach, or to the Five Pillars of Islam, the core principles of Sunni Islamic faith. This significance may have been attributed after the fact, as considerable archaeological evidence suggests that the hamsa hand predates both religions.
...and can now be found at punk clubs and dorm walls as well..