Besides a full-face tattoo or collecting used tour buses, gig posters are the most obvious way to express support for your favorite musician. Give props where they're due with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of rock-inspired prints and graphic tees from the studio at Powerhouse Factories in Newport.
Populated by designers, printmakers, and multi-discipline artists, the pack at Powerhouse Factories composes prints for musical artists, rock venues, and special events. Customers can express their serious support for guitar strummers and melody makers by purchasing bold, bright gig posters (starting at $20) of artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Sonic Youth, and Kanye West. All prints are limited editions, ensuring their superiority over mass-produced posters and photocopied napkin renderings. Drawing upon their college experimentation with screen-printed propaganda art, the gig poster gurus also design prints for nationally hyped events such as Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Hurricane Katrina relief benefits ($10–$75). Non-discriminating audiophiles can opt for the Mystery Tube, an individually painted cylinder of surprise, which comes jam-packed with five random prints from the archives ($20). Powerhouse Factories outfits their fans in comfy tees and hoodies ($20-$25), whose bright colors, graphic prints, and cozy cottons provide a level of stylish comfort normally only associated with slim-fitting sleeping bags.
Posters created by Powerhouse Factories have appeared at events including posters for Lollapalooza, and SWSX.