November 3, 2008

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


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.


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 []
PARENTAL ADVISORY - EXPLICIT CONTENT: buy or download Uplift Mofo Party Plan [amazon]

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