For today’s Ten Questions, I got some definite old-schoolers to come through and talk: Kentucky’s Print Mafia. They’ve been making dirty rock and roll posters for almost ten years, rarely (if ever) utilizing a computer for design. As they once said in another interview, “Our tools are Xacto knives, copy machines and our archive of found images and illustrations.” Check it out, they’re interesting folks. Enjoy!!
Age: Both 39.
Location: Bowling Green, KY – nearly smack in the between Nashville and Louisville.
Years Doing Posters: We started doing designs and printing together at the very end of 1997. We opened a small store catering to weird collectors and other people like us who had an interest in music, art, books, magazines, toys and other general oddities in early 1998 and we carried posters from ArtRock and Tilt Poster Works. The catalogs from these places led us to discover the work of Kozik, Chantry, Psychic Sparkplug, Alan Forbes and Coop. We were doing local and Nashville posters but we had a lot of down time at the store and followed the model that Kozik put forth in his first book and decided to call a club up and ask for permission to make posters. We struck gold on our very first call to Ramona And Kathleen at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. From there we started producing posters like crazy – days, nights, weekends – and then we got Gigposters.com and website exposure and have not stopped since.
Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: For Jim: Poster would be Hot Dogs and Hot Rods and Art Print would be Rat Music. For Connie: I have a few posters that I can’t really choose between. I think these all represent what we do – Acid Mothers Temple, Cave In, Melt Banana and The Manson JFK poster. My favorite art print would be Vinyl#1.
All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did: For both Connie and Jim it would have to be Aesthetic Apparatus’s Melvins / The Dames with honorable mentions going to Rob Jones Dirtbombs. Also we like most anything by Ron Liberti, Methane, Amy Jo, Tooth, Charles Stanley Doll IV. Also Jeff Kleinsmith kick ass as well be it with his posters or the early B/W flyers. And of course just about anything from our biggest influences Mr. Kozik and Mr. Chantry.
Music Currently In Rotation: We have been listening to Magnolia Electric Company a lot lately. Current other favorites are The Black Angels and we listen to the classics quite a bit – Pink Floyd, Kiss, Neil Young, Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Alice Cooper. We also just put a record player in the office and are enjoying the sounds of vinyl once again.
Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought: Jim bought the Stuntman Mike figure from Death Proof and Connie bought a vintage Aurora Models store advertising piece and a vintage John Lennon poster.
Art Hanging On Your Walls: We don’t hang many gig posters. Too many favorites to choose from. We have some old exploitation movie posters and rock band posters in the office, plus black and white poster size blow ups from old magazines. In Connie‘s home you would find art prints from Dan McCarthy, Daniel Danger, Leia Bell, Tara McPherson, Tooth and Amy Jo, Mark Pedini, Jay Ryan and Dirk Fowler plus many more regular gp folk.
Upcoming Stuff: Art Prints and more Art Prints. We will be stripping the words from and re-working some of our more popular recent prints like some of the Manson Serial Killer posters (JFK, ZODIAC, SON OF SAM) and the NIN poster. Also we are working with the good people at BandMerch to produce a line of Print Mafia shirts.
Words of Wisdom: “Stay Gold, Ponyboy”.
Both of the two new art prints pictured above are now available. They are 10″ x 23″ screenprints, have editions of 80, and are $30 each shipped. You can check out those, as well as all of PM’s stuff at PrintMafia.net.