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Thatís right, lucky number seven. The renegade group of rock poster artists showing at this yearís Flatstock have managed to pull off six consecutive poster conventions in less than three years and are all geared up for the seventh. Talented artists from around the world will hit Seattle for Flatstock 7, the bi-annual convention dedicated to the promotion of music poster art and design worldwide. Meet and greet the greats and get a look at rare works from Frank Kozik, the Ames Brothers, Leia Bell, Tara McPherson and many more. See your favorite bands put to paper by your favorite artists and get their John Hancock. Organizer, poster artist and man about town Jeff Kleinsmith will have a solo booth this year. Heíll be selling and signing limited edition screen prints, which his company Patent Pending has only made 75 copies of, never to be produced again! Keep your eye out for his Sleater Kinney poster inspired by their good working relationship during the recording of their last album. He told Tablet how ďFlatstockĒ is a level playing field where the only criterion for entrance is at least one badass poster produced. His advice to aspiring poster designers is to ďCome out and meet us, get inspired by othersí work and soak it all in even if you donít have the cash to buy.Ē Youíve heard the sordid tales of deluxe poster prints sold to the general public by the artists themselves, now come see for yourself.—Rosa Powers

Flatstock 7, Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, Bumbershoot September 3-5, 11am to 7pm each day

Worst Public Art of the Month

23rd & Jackson

Worst Art of the Month


I see this eyesore everyday. As a piece thatís supposed to represent some sort of gateway to the Central District, I really could do without a sculpture that has nails jutting from the top. I know itís probably supposed to keep pigeons off but what the hell? Itís fugly! Thereís a plaque at the base that gives some history of the area and that would have been much more interesting to see than this vile piece of metal artwork. Who paid for this stuff?—Nami Timmons