As a silkscreen artist in Milwaukee-one who hangs work on the street personally-I was just a little let down. Thanks for taking the moment Dan & Naduval-I realize that posters are hot merch right now. I was just curious about the public opinion on legitimacy, and I guess I got it.
I'll post my Spoon NYE poster when I get around to it. (as well as over a decade's worth of work for everyone to rank on)
I'm looking forward to it...
Dan is right, IMO. A Spoon show on NYE probably sells tickets without the help of a screenprinted poster, and having worked with the band many times myself, I can assure you this was a commissioned merch poster, which makes it just as "legit or real" as a poster on the street. Also, in my experience, I have found that promoters much prefer to keep screen-printed posters in a pile in their office and hang them on their walls instead of hanging them in store windows.
I don't want to speak for Casey, because I don't know the details of this transaction. But have you ever tried to get screened posters hung in a city where you don't live? Usually the band doesn't get there until the day of the show, so they aren't going to do it. And the promoter isn't going to take the time to hang color posters. Especially if they cost $5 a piece. And even if you do get them hung they usually get stolen in the first day. The only work around I've ever found is to tube a bunch up at my own expense and send them to each record store with a note asking them to hang the posters in their window until the day of the show, after which they can take it home or whatever. My guess is Spoon made these as merch to sell at the show.
As awesome as this print is, it was never posted anywhere in Milwaukee. I understand that by making that statement, I will incurr the wrath of the interweb, and that's fine, but my opinion is that posters should be posted to count as posters. Still an amazing piece of art, Casey-just wish I saw it hanging in town.
You may all stab me with your collective X-Actos now.
Thanks gang. First time I've 100% hand-drawn all the secondary color seps in a while. Also the first time I've ever used a ruler to draw a line on a poster. Accuracy feels so weird. Luckily, even with a ruler, I can't draw a straight line.