The Charlatans Poster
The Charlatans Poster
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The Charlatans Poster

  • May 26, 1967
  • 13 15/16" x 21 3/4"
Print Variations

The 1st printing poster has a rich brown background which matches the postcard. It was printed on beige stock before the concert and displays small vertical rows on the reverse side. It measures 14" x 21 13/16".

The post-concert 2nd printing displays a lighter shade of brown. It was printed on off-white stock, but displays the same vertical rows described in the 1st printing. On the bottom right hand corner is a very small area that reflects a black dot screen effect. It measures 13 15/16" x 21 3/4".

The 3rd printing is the same lighter shade of brown and displays the same bottom right hand dot screen effect as the 2nd printing. It is printed on beige stock like the original poster, but does not have vertical rows in the paper stock. It measures 14" x 21 13/16" and was printed after the concert.

About Rick Griffin

Rick Griffin grew up in the surfing culture of Southern California, a milieu which had a profound influence on his art. After high school, he worked on the staff of Surfer magazine and created the best-known surfing cartoon character of the time, Murphy. After his move to San Francisco in 1967, be began combining eclectic typefaces and decorative borders with brilliant colors in his concert posters. Griffin's compositions were complex without being illegible. A perfectionist, Griffin often applied dozens of overlays and redrew lettering again and again until he was satisfied. In the early 1970s, Griffin became a born-again Christian and religious themes dominated his work until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1991.