This poster was printed for Panteon Rococo, a Chilango band I was introduced to while I was living in Mexico City (April 2005). Their music is a mixture of reggae, ska, and rock en espanol. On May 14, the band celebrated its 10th Anniversary at El Faro de Oriente, the cultural center where I taught a silkscreening workshop during the month of April.
The band formed in March 1995, performing in La Faena, a bar located in the Centro Historico. Early on, their music was influenced by latin rhythms. Their lyrics reflected experimentation and the struggles of the EZLN, who had launched their call to action in 1994.
Six months ago the Panteon Rococo approached El Faro de Oriente requesting to use their facilities for their 10th anniversary celebration. El Faro told the band that not only could they use their space, but that the artists of El Faro would collaborate to produce a community arts festival, in which artists from the different workshops (paper mache, silkscreening, dance, paiting, singing) would lend their respective talents to produce the event. This sense of collectiveness changed the way folks organize a party and redefined what it means to throw an event.
I made a deal with the Panteon Rococo. I told them I wanted our silkscreening studio in Oakland (Taller Tupac Amaru) to start designing rock posters for Rock en Espanol bands, Ska bands... bands that had a progressive message in Spanish. I wanted our Taller to be the Chicano version of Firehouse Posters in San Francisco. Firehouse produces some of the tightest rock posters for bands including Smashing Pumpinks and Red Hot Chili Peppers. They agreed and I completed the design while I was in Mexico City. Since we didn't have the inks nor the resources to silkscreen the poster at El Faro, I waited until I returned home to the Bay Area in May.
Read about the design and printing in my BLOG, click here
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