sean hurley was a painter. he used to room with the old drummer from doo rag, and later worked at the stranger. he wanted me to do the type. so i made him write eveything out and i pasted in his own handwriting.
because these posters were always first viewed as magazine pages (and NOT from a passing vehicle or even on the street), the convention of BIG TYPE wasn't essential. so, jeff and i started to take it the other direction. jef's melvins poster (which is 16x24) has type so small you almost can't find it. hell, his NAME is bigger...
well, folks, this stuff that i just posted (or rather clay posted for me) is an interesting story. you'll note that they are all for moe during a 5-month period in 1994. they were all printed on newsprint, although a number of them were later printed as color editions by a number of the artists involved. also, about a third of the posters in this series have already been posted in various artists lists on this site. for instance that ed fothering ham "tv" muffs poster was part of this series. the pablo one somebody recognized as a color version was also one of the reprints. you'll find some of the others under me, hank trotter, jeff kleinsmith, justin hampton, ward sutton, tim conder and jesse reyes.
so, back in 1994, the city of seattle banned posters. at that time i was sharing studio space with hank trotter and jeff kleinsmith (who was essentially running sub pop art department through the space). hank and were freelancing, but later hank went to work for sub pop.
i was working on a 'brochure' for a performance art rep using the newspaper format (like a standard paper. unforded it was 32x24) where each page acted as a promotional poster for each artist. essentially the people booking the act could use the page as a blank for the event. when the poster ban started, i thought it would be a good idea to start a similar poster 'newspaper' that clubs could print posters in (and encourage people to hang up the PAGE because it was technically not a POSTER, it was a newspaper PAGE). i got the hottest club in town at the time - moe - to back the idea.
the first issue, was just work by me, hank and jeff. i sorta acted as art director (assigning, collecting, preparing the final, etc.) and ringmaster. the deal was that everybody got to choose from the list of acts and do a poster (first come, first serve) in exchange for $35 and free tickets (jeff and hank and i did them for free). i always did the posters nobody wanted to do.
it worked great, the next issue was four additional pages (some posters were full page, some were half-page). an amazing assortment of painters, cartoonists, designers, webheads, and friends all contributed. people like ed, jaime hernandez, pete bagge, pablo, jim blanchard, tim conder (former roth studio vet and reknowned motorcycle customizer), even jacob lawrence had promised to do one.
unfortunately, the club tried to pay off everybody with free drinks and a 'pass for one'. when i found out, i started paying everybody out of my own pocket. after five months, the club dumped the idea becuase they thought it was "too expensive". then they cut off all the artists' tabs that had been created. classic.
to top it all off, collectors and dealers snagged all of the issues before they could get distributed and none of them ever were hung up on poles. it was amazing work, terrific posters, and a miserable failure.
the poster ban ran for another 9 years. it was finally overturned by the state supreme court as unconstitutional. about a week after the reversal, seattle made it a ban again. as far as i know it is still illegal to poster in seattle. whether it's enforced or not, i don't know.