well, in this town nobody knows who "art chantry" is, which is one reason i moved here - it's so completely out of it. so, the chances of talking some money-driven promoter into popping for a cheapo printjob (which will always be more than what they can afford, ya know) to promote a show in a small club, well, it don't seem promising. i've tried the larger clubs and they refer me to their 'ad agencies'. i don't have a affordable printing connection here, and i have no established market to sell any editions out (like many of you). it just ends up looking like expensive self-indulgence). dunno. i love doing posters, but after all these years, i wanna get paid SOMEYHING to do them. anything other than samples and bills.
this town has amazing stuff going on. there's this amazing amatuer 'wrasslin' scene here. until you've seen the 'amish warrior' in action, you ain't lived! there's good clubs, some great bands, an amzing independant radio station (the best i've EVER encountered anywhere - KDHX 88.1) weird art, incredible junking and endless devastation. perfect breeding ground for something, but everybody here seems so goddam shellshocked. maybe it's all that lead in the water.
yes, MY jamie put this up. but i knew the other jamie casually. 'slim' used to get tattooed by owen connell (my tattooist/pal)in seattle. i used to have this girlfriend (she went by a logo that was a triangle slash. her name was ashleigh) and she collected serial killer stuff (we both did). when she split seattle she sold all her gacy paintings and correspondence - incuding gac y cartoons - and even her genuine chunk of cement from ed gein's foundation to slim for like nothing. i wish i had known, i would have bought it. oh well.
yeah, dave and i are still good buddies and i do stuff for him whenever he asks. things have slowed down quite a bit in the indie record world, and so has estrus. nobody buys anything these days it seems. and estrus is NOT benefitting from all the 'new garage rock' thing because he passed (bored him) on all the bands that are hot right now (all those bands everybody seems to think invented garage rock) and now everybody seems to have forgotten the recent history of this crap. so dave is not benefitting at all. he showed me some questions he was sent by a reporter at the la times and the fool thought garage rock came from SWEDEN in the last couple of years! stupid dork.
the makers used to be a buncha cool guys, but they burned quite a few bridges in their quest for rockstardom. too bad, i used to love their whole schtick. now, they seem like they're sinking fast. waste.
by the way, this 'invitationals' poster was the actual poster commissioned by estrus to promote the tour. several other posters for the tour popped up and as far as i know, none were ok'd by estrus, which i always think is a little tacky.
ed's one of the funniest wits i've ever known. a real crackup. back when he lived with mudhoney (and sang in a band called 'the thrown ups') he would always get so drunk (he's an aussie) that he'd fall off a cliff or something. after awhile everybody had this term called 'pulling an ed', which meant exactly what you'd think: getting plastered and doing something stupid.
ed is one of the most powerful illustrators i've ever worked with. you can give him the lousiest concept to work with, and he'll come back 24 hours later with an illustration that's so goddam brialliant that it makes you look like a genius for hiring him in the first place.