Sgt Peppers Drumskin Replica

The legendary custom bass drumhead used on the front cover of the Beatles’ iconic 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went up for auction in 2008 at Christie’s London, and it realized a price of £541,250, Wow !

That indeed cut up my attention and I decided for fun to make a replica with a vintage look on a 30 inches diameter drumhead like the original. The original design was conceived by Peter Blake who also designed the famous album cover. The legend states that Blake hired a Fairground artist to execute the painting. Of course I did my version in a more modern way.  I started with a multiplayers stencil as a guide, and painted the piece with an airbrush and finished it by hand. I did two copies and they look very different. Made by hands !

A Splendid time is guaranted for all !

For the Benefit of Mr. Kite.

Fairground Signwriter Artist

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The Art of signwriting calligraphy. This kind of craftmanship impresses me very much. Note to myself: here’s a great portrait of second generation showman/signwriter Joby Carter from England.We all saw in books one of these old-fashioned fairground circus and  their elaborate decorations of brightly-coloured patterns and lettering. Traditionally these were painstakingly hand-painted – a unique art form that has been slowly dying out since its heyday in the Victorian era and nowadays, with computer and giant printers, it doesn’t help.

And a presentation video of the classes that he is giving:

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