Don't worry, I'm just busy being awesome.
Don't worry, I'm just busy being awesome.
My Gallery of Posters: http://www.popfuel.com/gallery
Oh come on.
Jelemy got engaged everyone!
Momentum has been lost, a decline has set in when you look at interaction on this site and most important a steep decline in critical mass of participating members has this site now in sleep mode. the moedrators here will say that there is more members or site traffic than ever... reality is that the core or community of this place is gone or dispersed and with it this site lost its heartbeat. Site traffic doesn't mean anything if there is no Kozik to push a group in a direction, a Goodtimes to battle with Peveto and a couple kids from Canada with bad hair that represent the fringes of this art form. A place where a single photo involving a Segway could result in a multi year long thread full of hilarity. A place where words like tubdumper were born (how anyone could take that thread down!) and where you could see artists grow to rockstar status. Cliques were formed, battles were fought and yet through it all the core stayed true to its form. Slowly people left. The usual suspects that didnt 'need' this site (yet kept checking to see what was written about them or only post to promote a new show). But in its place new artists flocked to gigposters and allowed this site to grow to become the online representation of an artform and its community.
And then it was gone.... there is a heartbeat somewhere but thats all it is.
I used to check this site every 15 minutes to an hour. These days its more like once a day, if that.
Facebook and other media has changed the landscape and gigposters.com has not been able to move, change or adapt... no direspect, just the facts and it applies to many other websites. Ten years ago Frank would post a picture of his cat with an inflatable unicorn horn right here... nowadays it goes on facebook. Commerce and creative projects are no longer handled via this site but have now moved on.
Its too bad but I cannot think of anything that could bring the golden days back to gp... the 'community' has moved on to other (social) media and interacts differently now. Times change and gigposters which at its fundamental core is a forum didnt change, nor COULD it change. Interaction online has moved away from forums. If there was a way to integrate the gigposters forum into a facebook world and other social media sites then perhaps this site can have a shot at a second life but I don't see anything yet from other sources/sites that could be copied or used as inspiration.
But hey... lets raise a glass to gigposters. This site has created friendships, inspired THOUSANDS of people and was a key ingredient to the birth of that golden period in the mid-late 1990's that eventually created Flatstock. I don't think many websites can claim such a record. The artform of gigposters after the 1990's (when Kozik went silkscreen and moved to SF) and this website go hand in hand. No other thing, person or entity has had a more lasting impact... nothing. The internet allowed art, artists and commerce to come together and all that has been personafied by this website.
When I read interviews with poster artists and they talk about their careers and their successes.... very few mention this site. That is a shame. A lot of artists OWE this place. It bites that we dont see the name gigposters mentioned more often.
"I can tell you what offends me personally in the rock poster scene: Work that reflects an artists ego rather than the band's attitude, show or event" (Stainboy)
Gigposters ruined my life.
I check a few times a week.
Does flatstock still happen?
DIED YOUNG, STAYED NERDY!
Oh man I need to read through that Segway thread again comedy gold that one.
Like I said we need a Gigposter day of some kind, just a day to say hello and update what had been going on. We all owe this website alot
I'm a weekly if not daily regular still, but like others just less talkie-talk. I try to always mention GP in the few interviews out there. Having work on here was great exposure, I will always be grateful to Clay & GP.
I just randomly pop on and surprise, its a nostalgic moment. complete with a kopp's reference. yummmmm. andy frozen custards f'real.
high five gpers.
"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy???"