he and i used to have a correspondence going back in the beach culture days ( he was a big fan of the rocket). he once told me that secret to his succes was a list of'the rules of graphic design' that he'd obtained from some design class somewhere. it had rules about 'don't mix typefaces' - shit like that. he kept that posted on his wall and he went about trying to break as many of those rules as he could on every project he did.
it's hard to completely hate a guy like that, no matter how bad he turned out.
david carson. his work on beach culture was brilliant - he presented fucktup punk design in a full color glossy format as if it were 'good' design, but it was just zine-style skatepunk surfer art. then the design world went "hey, cool!" and copied it as if it were 'good' design, thus it became 'godd design'. it was also easy to do, because like all diy, incompetance looks freash. then we had ten years of really bad design presented and accepted as good design. now, you have to admit that was brilliant.
of course, carson just seem to think he was a genius (instead of right place/right time). and raygun was himself copycatting himself. all his great ideas were exhausted in beach culture. and then he burned out.
a friend of mine (he actually contributes to this site) used to prank call him. he was so nasty and dumb that he couldn't get off the phone and instead kept challenging my friend to a fight. he taped all of it. carson did everything possible to screen out his calls, but my friend was so good he could get past anything, and it really pissed carson off. you should hear the tapes, they're hilarious. carson just couldn't back off, his ego was so huge that the idea that some asshole could top him was more than he could take. very very funny stuff.
i always loved this poster. feast was like a fucked-up goth REM. it had dana higgins in it (she became one of the first graphic designers to do stuff for sub pop) and jonathan poneman (sub pop mainman). creepy little outfit. gave me the willies.
go back in time to its original intended use. hobo was designed in the ninteen-teens. it has an art neuveou style to it. it looks great in that context. but its main intent was to use as movie titles in silent films. go watch a few, particularly chaplin. thus the name 'hobo'.