The 1st printing poster lacks the scratches found in the reprint. It measures 14 3/16" x 20" and was printed before the concert.
The 2nd printing shows a scratch in the bottom right hand corner of the rectangle that contains "The Family Dog" at the top of the poster. The scratch is above and to the left of the pink border and measures about 3/4". Some of the 2nd printings also have a scratch in the 10th panel that runs up and to the left of the submerged Family Dog logo. The post-concert 2nd printing measures 14" x 20 15/16".
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.