It's only rock-n-roll, but I like it.
It's the 19th anniversary of Squad19 this year and recently I started digging through the Squad19 poster archive in an effort to make things available online in the shop again. Looking back through the stacks, most of which was produced between 2005 and 2009 I'm taken aback a bit by the volume we produced in such a short span of time. This never would have happened without the internet and a now defunct forum called Gigposters.com. That was pre-Facebook and GeePee was THE place for a poster artist, wannabes or fanboys to spend their time, shoot the shit, critique, debate, fight, collaborate, swap shop tips, virtually tear posers, hacks, and bootleggers to shreds, etc. It was pretty great. When I was first told that Frank Kozik was on there daily (inspirational human), and he interacted with people I couldn't believe it. Never did I imagine not only would I collab on a poster with him one day but that I'd meet him and be in a sourcebook he produced, and that was just the beginning of where gig posters have led.
GigPosters.com was launched by Clay Hayes in January 2001 and quickly grew to the Internet's largest and most popular site dedicated to the art of the gig poster. Showcasing over 160,000 posters from 12,000 designers located around the world, the site succeeded and survived due to the strong community backing throughout the years. Clay published 2 Gig Posters books, appeared in many amazing magazines and newspapers and was featured in multiple documentary movies.
During 2015 and 2016, the site took major downturns due to decreased community participation, increased spambots, hacker attacks, and overwhelming server attacks. As of June 1, 2016, even with a very powerful and expensive server, the increased negative traffic and attacks have forced the shutdown of the site. The time and costs of the coding changes and server fees necessary to 'fix' the site make it impossible to continue at this point.
It was during this gig poster heyday that Squad19 cut its teeth on screen-printed rock posters, collaboratively producing 100s of pieces in the early 2000s aiding in the evolution of and opening many doors for our artists. In line with our mission, these posters were made for the love of music, art, and screen-printing above all else, that urge to create applied to something we all feel passion for.
It's going to take a little time but all our past posters and art prints are starting to get uploaded into the shop little by little. Available now is what's left of that early poster stash and we're still in the game so hit us up for a quote if you need art for your gig or merch. -Tenebrini