Steve Miller Band Vintage Ticket
Randy Tuten was being flip but honest when he described the posters he drew for the Fillmore West shows as combinations of things he liked and things that fit. Influenced by Rick Griffin's lettering style, Tuten was personally fascinated with vehicles and mechanical constructions. In BG191, the nicely meshed big and little wheels of a gear mechanism advertised four evenings of the Steve Miller and James Cotton Bands.
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.