there may be a bit of a 'generation' gap here. what dick dale may mean to you vs. what it may he may represent to this artist may be completely different. a lot of the artists on this site (and indeed a great many concert posters of all generations) seem to not care if the imagery is appropriate to the subject matter. the imagery on this poster seems to be a bit of an 'exotica' cliche (for lack of a better term) when infact dick dale has nothing to do with that sort of music except an occassional beach and surfboard. after seeing him play today, and being familiar with the peculiar ins and outs of his career, i would not have gone 'tiki' either. but i generally try to know my subject matter as thoroughly as possible ( the operative word is 'possible').
this is really sad. this is the ONLY ames bros. poster here that is not a pearl jam poster. they have 75 posters listed here, amazing posters that anybody would be proud to have done, and this only non-pearl jam poster - and everybody thinks it look like hess. tragic. having a famous brother is a blessing and a curse.