Sunday, January 31, 2010

Iconic Dead

It seems strange this 1986 Grateful Dead Tour shirt would be as rare as it is considering how often The Grateful Dead played live in the early to mid-eighties. The only thing I can figure is that it wasn't considered "cool" by the Dead Heads to buy the mass produced concert tees.

What makes this more than just another rare concert t-shirt is the artist who created the iconic image. None other than the much loved and ultra-talented Rick Griffin. For those of you who might not know Griffin was one of the original psychedelic artists responsible for some of the most well know rock posters of the sixties. 

Rick Griffin's amazing art -1986 Grateful Dead Tour Shirt

The original artwork on paper.

The artist (RIP) - 70's

1970 Movie poster for "Pacific Vibrations"

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