(About art, not much about language.)
This morning I passed on to my grand-daughter a nice wooden box with this image on its cover:
Opal translated the name of the press as ‘Eight Crazy Press’ (but without enlightenment, and I still don’t know the source of the name), and she worked out that the image was an ad for a place called Bottom of the Hill (which I recognized as a famous San Francisco music venue and bar). Turns out the whole business is a San Francisco thing.
The box once held postcards put out by Chronicle Books (in San Francisco). Chronicle’s description:
GREETINGS FROM OCHO LOCO PRESS
Inspired by the calendars and posters displayed in diners, barbershops, and gas stations during the 1950s, this postcard box [of 30 cards] features the retro-themed artwork of Ocho Loco Press. Once the postcards are gone, you can hang the silk-screened box lid as a decoration.
Ocho Loco Press was founded in 1994 by artist John Wischmann, who graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1985 with a degree in printmaking and letterpress. After moving to San Francisco in 1990, he began to make screenprinted wooden posters for bands, local bars, and restaurants.
From the press’s own website:
Ocho Loco Press specializes in creating unique hand-drawn designs [posters, calendars, and postcards] that recall a bygone era. Our hand-made wooden screen-prints create a look unattainable by any other method.
Two further samples of the press’s work: a poster for Lagunitas IPA (brewed in Petaluma by a decidedly quirky company) and for a CD of a tribute concert for Kris Kristofferson in San Francisco:
Just packed with Bay Area / northern California quirkiness.
Oh yes, Bottom of the Hill: at the bottom of Potrero Hill, 1233 17th Street (17th @ Missouri). From their website:
Featuring up and coming acts from around the globe as well as in our own backyard, the music spans the spectrum from alternative, rock-a-billy, punk, and hard rock, to folk and funk and pop.
At 9:30 tonight: Wovenhand, Vir, and Yassou Benedict. Tomorrow afternoon at 2: SF Rock Project‘s tribute to Black Sabbath and Frank Zappa / Captain Beefheart. Both open to all ages (unlike many events at the Bottom). The Bottom’s concert calendar is a real treat for fans of band names.