Pink Floyd Pelon
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Renowned poster artist Randy Tuten used the famous flying pig as the subject of this oversized advertisement for Pink Floyd's Bay Area appearances in support of their album Animals. As boldly experimental as ever, the art rock maestros were also breaking attendance records as their popularity soared. In a subtle play on air travel posters of the 1950s, the pig balloon floats ominously above the fog, making its way towards the Golden Gate Bridge in this classic image that any Floyd fanatic would be proud to display.
Our Pelons are extremely rare "practice pieces" for the early rock, jazz and blues t-shirt designs. Before production was initiated, the image or design was tested on cotton cloth or burlap to determine the color and line accuracy of the piece. Only a few of the tests were preserved once the design was deemed acceptable and the t-shirt went into production.
About Randy Tuten
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.