i took and old russian stamp and re-drew it and re-designed it and used it as a piece of agitprop gigposterting for the gang of four. then (i assume) and old russian takes my poster and uses it straight across and then slaps a levi/strauss logo on it. who should get pissed at who?
the styling boneheadedness of these old street/rap posters is just brilliant.
if i tried to do that, it wouldn't work at all. none of here can actually accurately duplicate this stuff. we're all too graphically sophisticated to ape this boneheaded look with enough accuracy. we could try, but, we can't do it. it would just look fake.
we NEVER had a problem with multiple poster for one show. that was because the promoters HAD TO PAY US TO MAKE THEM. weird idea, huh? actually getting paid to work? but, believe it or not, that was the way of the world in those days or yore.
i love the modern world. we get to do everything for free and never ever have to get paid anything. so much easier.
in pettibon's case, it was one of those weird 'synchronicity' things. his brother is greg ginn. the band just used his images for posters. i don't even know if they had his permission, frankly. but, because of all the cultural intertwining, it proved to be the perfect imagery for black flag.
try to imagine a pettibon image without thinking about black flag. try to imagine black flag without a pettibon image conveying all that bleak attitude? it was perfect. a marriage made in pergatory.
never mind that none of it was custom drawn for the individual posters. it was perfect as is. like stanley mouse and the dead - a perfect match in the astral plane..