The Rathskeller Boston "Love Letters" Giclée Art Print (Multi-size options)
NOTE: PLEASE ALLOW 2 WEEKS TO SHIP!
All of my prints are love letters of sorts, so I decided to jazz up a few of my favorites just in time for Valentine's Day (and beyond)! Garish pinks, purples and cheesy fake glitter effects seemed to evoke the elementary school Valentine cards I loved so much, so this is what I went and did here. Oh, and how about a tattooed heart in there as well, just to pay a little extra love to the cities that rocked? Done & done!
How fortunate was I to catch even a sliver in time at the venerable Boston rock n' roll venue, The Rat? The Fenway was my 'hood in the 90s and I very much had a rock n' roll heart (hell, I still do!). If The Channel was Boston's answer to the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, then The Rat was certainly Boston's own CBGB, am I right?
The attitude was razor-sharp, the bands were wicked loud, and the bathrooms were appropriately disgusting. My oft-told tale is of the time I scooped up a pee-soaked twenty dollar bill from the men's room floor while other, more scary-looking dudes looked on incredulously. The bill was then wiped off as best it could be, then exchanged for a couple of pitchers for me and my then-girlfriend (now my wife). A lasting romance, courtesy of The Rat!
I used a few reference images when making this print. The one that helped most with perspective and scale was taken by Larry Bouchie. He says: "I took that Rat photo late Dec ‘86 one Sunday, driving through Kenmore Square. I was at the Rat about two nights every week back then. That day, I spotted a bunch of open parking spots right out front, and I had a Canon Sureshot camera handy. I parked and took a couple of photos." Thanks for taking such an iconic image, Larry!
This is printed via Giclée, a high end archival printing process that layers inks in a similar fashion to screening. The colors POP and the image is very sharp!
Paper stock is Moab Entrada Rag Natural - a warm white, 100% cotton, slightly textured, smooth fine art surface. All available options are standard frame sizes found at your local craft store, frame shop or IKEA! (frame NOT included)