ya know, sitting here looking back and reminiscing about the makers, it's sorta mind-boggling how amazing they were in their prime. they were the REAL THING. they completely lived their credo. they had awesome integrity and were like nothing i'd ever encountered outside of a motorcycle club.
white trash farm boys from spokane washington gone seriously wrong.
they were actually 100% tough. absolutley no bullshit about them. that was NOT an act. you fucked with them or theirs, you heard about.
i remember one show in LA that got so nasty that the LAPD (no less) had to escort them out of the hall because they pissed off a bunch of gun-toting gangbangers. they kept fighting with them and a whole bunch of them wanted to literally kill them.
having the LAPD escort them out was kinda humiliating, but funny.
every time the makers tried to pull off their toughness, it sorta went wrong on them.
when this poster was made, it was right at the height of the makers' "bad boy" street gang image they had. it was right after their poster i did for the las vegas show that looked like an old j.d. movie poster that sez "oh, no!.. it's the makers" on it (i think it's on gp).
anyway, at the time, a member of the makers actually had a bench warrant out for his arrest and he was sorta 'on the lam' during the tour. the story goes that he had a friend that was 'date-raped'. so, he showed up at the rapist's house with a baseball bat. when the guy refused to answer the door, he went after his car parked outside, and totaled it! so, there were charges against him, but everybody was on his side.
you can say all the bad things you want about the makers, but they had a sort of street integrity and loyalty that was extreme and even noble. all the more reason it was such a shock when they changed.
so, with that context, it's a lot more interesting as a poster conceptually, right?
kurt - yeah, i still get hired to do an occaisional poster. nowhere near what i was getting when i lived in hipster seattle. mostly out here in nowheresville, i get other kinds of poster jobs, but i still get an occaional commission to do a gigposter. one of the big problems for me is that i can't get affordable screenprinting locally, so i can't really get a gigposter printed. most of the gigposters in st. louis are like computer prints. that's sort of it, and i don't do those things. i don't really think of them as real posters, even though they actually ARE real posters. i just can't get my head around them.
anyway, i guess the only place you can see more recent stuff of mine is in gallery shows (like that moma show) and in like the print annual (which i still enter). i don't have a usuable digital camera to photograph stuff for giigposter, so i can't really post any work from over the past few years. also, i could literally put hundreds and hundreds of gigposters on gp, but it's such a hassle. all i've got are 35mm slides, and i have to scan each one and balance and prep for gp and it's a pain in the ass.
what am i doing now? well, there's no plan. i'm just into what i'm into and it gets into my work. i'm just trying to hustle enough work to survive just like everybody else here. right now, if i don't somehow come up with some fast cash, the house is in jeopardy. so, i'm just like you guys.
in other words, i have to back and look at what i've done over the past years to tell you what i'm into. need to get an overview to articulate my personal trends...
hey, i'm accusing any body of ripping me off! i never said that and i don't think it. this style existed in the culture decades before i started working with it.
on the other hand, i disagree that this is lousy looking. i think that it's actually a pretty great poster, and reminds me of the kind of poster that racing culture and other redneck styles look today. it might be unintentional though, because the redneck look is based on amatuerism.