The Blot got really excited yesterday when I found out that Jermaine Rogers, one of the truly greats in modern rock poster art, will be in Houston, Texas tonight for the grand opening of a new Vans Store in Friendswood. Some might say Friendswood is a suburb of Houston, but I’m not so sure. Google Maps predicts it’s going to take me 30 minutes to an hour to drive there, that doesn't sound like a suburb to me. Oh well, it’s bound to be worth it as Jermaine will be making live art on site and both he and Vans will be giving lots of swag away to attendees.
I’ve been a huge fan of Jermaine Rogers awesome work ever since I first saw his vinyl figure Veil: Specimen 129, which comes in a variety of colorways. Since then he’s also dropped the awesome Squire vinyl figure and more artwork than I could possibly mention here (he's done concert posters for artists like Radiohead, Neil Young, Tool, Weezer, David Bowie, Willie Nelson and Morrissey). If you’re interested in seeing more of his artwork then I highly recommend checking out his art archive here, and if you live in Houston I suggest heading down to Friendswood tonight for a meet and greet with famed artist Jermaine Rogers.
What’s really cool about Rogers’ appearance tonight at the new Vans store is that he evidently likes to exchange gifts with fans. Jermaine even says on his website that “whenever I do events like this...whether it's at San Diego Comicon or whatever, I like to exchange gifts with folks. Bring me something cool and I'll give you something cool back. One girl at an appearance I did for VANS in Salt Lake City made me a pretty complex little wallet out of felt, leather and thread and I gave her a 2004 Bowie poster. The wallet rules: it's got a rainbow lightning bolt on it.” (link) Any suggestions on what I should bring to trade!?!
Jermaine Rogers will be at the Vans Store at Baybrook Mall tonight, Friday, April 17, 2009, for its grand opening from 5:30-9:00pm. The store is located at 19400 Gulf Freeway; Friendswood, Texas 77546.