Poe with a gun is a cool concept...add the code though, and you have something else entirely - something that begins to transcend the parameters of a normal rock poster. Teaming Rob's mind up with a band that has the vision & willingness to try something outside the box is win-win.
The diagonal type works. It forms a V with the arm and gun.
I can't speak for Rob but seeing the gun and crosshair makes me think about the soldiers "V for Victory" hand symbol... I could be full of it of course, but that's what I see.
It's kinda delusional to think that a band like the Dead Weather actually needs a gig poster as advertising - especially in Detroit. Yes, gig posters still have a place and function. Just not necessarily in the same way for all bands. Like Tuffy said, the role has evolved.
That might be part of the reason why they went w/ something like this also. The people in Detroit probably know when one of Jack's bands is in town and don't rely on posters to inform them. Just a guess.
Just saying, if I saw this wheatpasted on an abandoned building on Woodward, I wouldn't know WTF it was. But, if it's merch only, then I guess it works. You'd think Jack White would "art direct" him to do something legible for his hometown.
someone should kick you in the head if you really didn't know that is poe. Christ. It's a great poster - one of many great posters for a band that does not deserve them, in my opinion, but great nonetheless.
If I were a bigger badass then I could just use codes. But Im not. PS - really? The venue? Dont people make posters to say fuck you to things? Like, that is what is cool about music right? Oops, we are in the age of the buildings. Forgot. This poster is fantastic. RJ is ultimate wewhd. Who cares about the venue... brahhh!
Probably should stay outta this but what the hell... Signs, symbols, codes, and arcane/occult imagery have been a part of rock since the late 60's. Bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath started it and contemporary bands like TOOL have built an empire around such imagery/messages. I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it. Besides, the poster fuckin' rules.
VonDada, shut up. That argument is so old and tired. The role of gig posters has changed/evolved. Yes, they can still promote a show but they are a commodity now and are collectible merch. If the promoter/venue actually paid for this poster you might have a point but seeing that this is MERCH most likely art directed and approved and paid for by the band than I say it's awesome. Go back to writing love letters to Lohan.