by Art Chantry (email@example.com)
…here’s another franko poster that really blew my socks off. i’ve never seen anybody do anything remotely like this before or since. for a ‘second color’ on this poster, he literally dipped his hand in red ink and simply ‘SLAPPED’ each poster. talk about brilliant! still shocking, all these years later….
this was the very first time i ever saw somebody take headlines and use them as design elements to create a statement. the dils were notoriously political (‘eat the rich’ was their first single). to drive the point home, franko clipped cheezy sensational headlines out of the local daily paper and rammed them home, often doubling them up to use as a bludgeon.
note the creosote stains and staple holes. this is a REAL poster, not a collectible ‘art print’ repro.
…seattle’s Ze Whiz Kidz spawned a number of great rock bands during hte punk era. one performer was (former cockette) tomata du plenty. he and his partner gorilla rose headed to new york in the early 70′s and were there for the formation of the nyc punk scene. they’re mentioned as hanging out at cbgb’s at the very beginning, befriending the ramones and stilletto (later blondie), among others. tomata also worked with bette midler and the harlettes in the continental baths, named and concepted the manhattan transfer, worked with bowie and kiss and others, and (according to legend) named and costumed the new york dolls.
then he moved back to seattle and formed one of the city’s very first punk bands (called the tupperwares – until they got a cease and desist). his poster for the “T.M.T.” show (tupperwares/meyce/telepaths) is the earliest classic cut-n-paste scratchy crappy style punk poster i’ve ever found. it actually predates the first sex pistols performance
over a year.
later tomata moved to san francisco (he took along penelope houston) and then los angeles, where he was important in forming the punk scene there. his band “the screamers (with ex whiz kidz, rio de janeiro and melba toast [aka, tommy gear] in the image above).
this poster is a sort of homecoming show for the screamers- as celebrity punk stars. it was their last performance in seattle hometown before disbanding, never recorded.