Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Have a fag, isn't it?
This is my mate, Stanley Donwood, standing at the back of our pub, smoking, and sporting a very handsome green bowler indeed.
Some of you may know Stanley as the artist who designed all the album covers for 'Radiohead', but he has other strings to his bow, including printing and publishing.
When I mentioned how much I liked his old hat, he told me that he bought it in an antique shop, and when he got it home, he found bits of an old, American newspaper dating from around 1890, stuffed under the internal band. So this hat really does come from 'The Gangs of New York', like it looks, unlike that British actor.
Stanley's latest printing project (all done with wooden typeset and ink, old-fashioned style), follows on from my 'gay-bashing' post of two days ago (I wish...), but I promise there was no link between my experience and Stanley's posters, two of which are shown below.
For the benefit of any Californian readers, the word 'fag' in English is slang for a cigarette - nothing more sinister than that, though I cannot imagine anything more sinister to a Californian.