Jefferson Airplane Pelon
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Jefferson Airplane Pelon

  • Cloth $99 $99 $0
ARTIST:
DATE:
  • Feb 23, 1970
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SIZE:
  • 15 3/4" x 19 3/4"

Pelons are extremely rare "practice pieces" for the early t-shirt designs. Before production was initiated, the image or design was tested on cotton cloth or burlap to determine the color and line accuracy of the piece. Only a few of the "tests" were preserved once the design was deemed acceptable and the t-shirt went into production.

The macabre thespian raged against a grievous affront: the Grateful Dead, pointedly absent from the billing, were busted in New Orleans for marijuana possession. The fine print at the top of the poster indicated that this was a benefit concert for the band.

About Randy Tuten

Randy Tuten is the only poster artist whose work spans five decades of design for The Fillmore. The 23 year-old San Francisco native was hired by Bill Graham in January, 1969, and their mutual taste for traditional, readable design style led to a long-lasting work relationship. Although influenced by the compositions of "Fillmore Five" artists Mouse, Kelley and Griffin, Tuten avoided "... Heavy meaning in my posters." Tuten's style reflected his skill as a draftsman, and his designs evolved into an eclectic mix of graphic imagery, lettering and photographs.