Greg Irons was a psychedelic poster artist, underground cartoonist, book illustrator, and an emerging tattoo art virtuoso who brought a new sensibility to an age-old art form. This retrospective book spans his whole artistic career, from his earliest dance posters, to his groundbreaking science fiction and horror comix, to his innovative and colorful tattoo art. Greg Irons was one of the elite among poster artists who worked for Bill Graham's Fillmore Ballroom in San Francisco during the Age of Aquarius, designing posters for Chuck Berry, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother, and Paul Butterfield. You Call This Art?! reprints his finest psychedelic posters in full-color, as well as complete comic stories from Slow Death Funnies, Legions of Charlies, Deviant Slice, Yellow Dog, Thrilling Murder, and many other underground comic books. It also includes rarely seen album cover art for Jerry Garcia, Blue Cheer, Jefferson Starship and other counterculture musicians. Irons has a third career as an illustrator of children's coloring books, and pages from books including One Old Oxford Ox, Last of the Dinosaurs, Pirates, and Wyf of Bathe appear as well. Many examples of his tattoo art are also included. Think you've seen it all already? Not a chance. This book reproduces not only his greatest artistic hits, but also never-before-seen pages from his private sketchbooks and journals, personal photographs, and works that appeared in obscure publications, like the San Francisco Organ, which published the lurid story that Mick Jagger tried to suppress.
“…An incredible feast for the eyes and mind. Author Rosenkranz is a walking authority on underground comics and there couldn’t possibly be anyone more suited to compile this tribute to Greg Irons. Very lavishly illustrated and thoughtfully written this is an incredible testament to a frequently overlooked, but very important artist…a fearless artist of the highest order.” – John Mueller, Comic Impact