The Charlatans Poster
The Charlatans Poster
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The Charlatans Poster

  • Jul 13, 1967
  • 13 3/4" x 21 3/8"
Print Variations

The 1st printing poster is most easily identified by the presence of a 1/4" "cut" mark at the top left corner of the reverse side. The original poster presents a rich brown background and yellow/green lettering and was printed before the concert on beige stock. It measures 13 13/16" x 21 7/8".

The post-concert 2nd printing displays a "cut" mark not on the reverse but on the front in the middle of the top margin. It is also printed on beige stock, but the yellow lettering on this reprint is brighter than it appears on the original. It measures 13 3/4" x 21 3/8".

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.