Phish Mexico

I recently finished up a linocut poster for the Phish Riviera Maya shows in Mexico coming up this weekend.  I had been on the fence whether or not I wanted to do something for this show, since I normally just do illustrated setlists for the shows.  But the idea came organically, and with a 2 week Christmas break, I really had no reason not to.  I have done lucha libre inspired artwork in the past, and wanted to avoid the Mayan/Aztec based theme, so this seemed very fitting.

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Inspired by vintage lucha libre screenprinted posters, I  knew this was be challenge to accomplish.  My “studio” consists of whatever space I have in my apartment, which doesn’t allow enough space for screenprinting. The next logical option would be to recreate a poster via block print (linocut). Although I’m familiar with linocuts, I’ve never done one this size, which usually work best when using a press.  Although they were hand pulled, I actually used a baren, which helped create a more consistent black.

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My first couple pulls were actually 2 color blends, which was utilized by many lucha libre posters, but I wasn’t overall impressed with it.  I made a small edition of these, and may play around with it more in the future.

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I finally decided on a tri color background, which I saw on a few lucha posters, but are mainly with old concert posters.  Without the ability to screenprint, I had to find a way to mimic that look.  I did a few with a watercolor background, but it was a bit to light for me. acrylic took a lot of time, and gouache seemed like a likely winner, but then I remembered I have a ton of cans of spraypaint, and was able to get the color blending I wanted.

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watercolor, spray paint, gouache, acrylic variations

My “studio”

 

The linocuts are available in my shop right now, limited to an edition of 30. I have quite a few variations available, and will make them for sale shortly.

The Variations

Although I haven’t posted them for sale, they are all available, so you can contact me via social media (twitter, instagram, facebook)

 

 

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