November 3, 2008

Parental Advisory: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Art By Gary Panter

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Dude, guess what. You're on the other side of those Parental Advisory warning stickers now.

I can't quite tell if Christie's upcoming sale of punk memorabilia is awesome or a bust, but it doesn't feel monumental.

If, on the other hand, you've been holding off on deciding the nursery theme until a giant, original piece of Red Hot Chili Peppers album art came onto the market, your date with decorating destiny is now set for November 24th.

Sometime around 1986-7, while he was warping our fragile little minds as the art director for Pee Wee's Playhouse, artist/designer Gary Panter created a 50-inch wide psychdeleic gouache drawing on paper, which became the cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' third album, Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

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The original drawing is cleaner and in my view, more successful than the worked-over album cover. And it's even inscribed at the bottom, "PLEASE RETURN ART TO GARY PANTER." I assume that if you buy it, Panter won't show up at your house and expect you to follow through with that instruction.

Lot 337: Red Hot Chili Peppers, GARY PANTER, 1987, est. $10,000-15,000 [christies.com]
PARENTAL ADVISORY - EXPLICIT CONTENT: buy or download Uplift Mofo Party Plan [amazon]

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