Come one, come all! Circus poster art
April 15, 2004 6:49 PM   Subscribe

The Czar of Bizarre Johnny Meah grew up with the circus, clowning and making circus banners. His artwork is now collected as "Americana" and is on display on his site.
posted by tracicle (4 comments total)
I love are some more by him, Fred Johnson, Al Renton, Snap Wyatt, and more. : >
posted by amberglow at 8:03 PM on April 15, 2004

tracicle! Good to see you, girl!

This was great fun. Very amusing to see how very, very conservative the "illustrated lady" (on this page) is by today's standards.

I enlarged this a bit to try to make out what the specific tattoos were: she has trailing vine roses over her breasts, a butterfly just under her right shoulder, a chain link bracelet on her right wrist and and a spider's web on her right elbow area. On the left arm she has what I think is probably a heart-with-banner on her biceps, something I can't make out on her lower arm, and two more bracelets. There is something I can't figure out (best guess: winged dragon) above her belly, what is probably another butterfly on her left hip, a scary lizard on her left thigh, and what might be a leaping lion on her lower leg. On her right thigh is an abstract circular design.

Why did I write all this? I just don't know. I started out to simply mention how these designs would be seen as terribly prosaic and not very daring today, and just got carried away with the summary... Anyway, I had fun as you can obviously see.
posted by taz at 4:21 AM on April 16, 2004

I wonder if that's really his voice on the site. It sounds disturbingly like the narrator in King's Quest V. I can still hear him saying "Graham tosses the moldy cheese into the machine's bubbling liquid".

Great link - gorgeous banners.
posted by iconomy at 8:09 AM on April 16, 2004

From taz's link - the illustrated lady looks exactly like Joni Mitchell.
posted by iconomy at 8:16 AM on April 16, 2004

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