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Monday, February 27, 2012

Armadillo World Headquarters Art - Porno Armadillo

Armadillo World Headquarters

Armadillo World Headquarters

Here’s an Armadillo World Headquarters art piece known as Porno Armadillo. This work is by Jim Franklin. This is a shot of the whole poster and a closeup.

Here’s part of an interview with former Shiva’s Headband Manager Eddie Wilson from Classic Posters. Here, he’s talking about the Armadillo image:

The Armadillo Image -

Eddie Wilson: There was a lot of vain glory. There was a lot of humorous…you know [laughs]… We were trying to figure out how to do something different and we had a couple of really good things going for us. Of course the band was a Whole Earth Catalog kind of perfect hippy band in some ways. The fact that Jim Franklin, the artist, had already been doing Armadillos in covers of The Rag… For a couple of years Jim had been the major visual influence in the friggin' city. He was an incredible artist and here's this ugly little newspaper with these gorgeous covers.


Michael Erlewine: Right.

Eddie Wilson: Jim had the alternative community eating out of his hand and, as I see it now, we have a genius artist who made a genius decision about adopting a symbol. And the quality of that symbol was so perfect that it made all that weirdness possible. And the fact that the Armadillo was so much like the hippies, maligned though it was… though it was a benign creature.





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