Long Sleeve Gut "I Love LSD" Shirt (WHITE)

Regular price $ 35.00

Limited to 100 of each style and color way.

 

Before moving to San Fransisco/Berkley Gut was a member of the Hells Angels, who turned over his patch to pursue a career in art.  When he entered the Bay Ares scene he met Ken Kesey who commissioned him, and Rick Griffin, to hand paint his bus 1939 International Harvester school bus,  named "Further".  In 1964, Ken Kesey and his group of “Merry Pranksters,” fueled by LSD and a free-wheeling spirit of adventure piloted "Further" across the US on a trip that would go down in history as a cultural milestone.

Along with Rick Griffin, and Stanley Mouse, Gut's icon lettering, seen on 1960's poster and album art, helped create the "identity" of the Haight Ashbury music scene.  Gut went on to serve as the creative dirctor for Jefferson Airplane, the manager & creative director of Blue Cheer, and graphic designer for the Grateful Dead (He designed the first Grateful Dead T-Shirt & Bumper sticker).  He designed Jefferson Airplanes "Volunteers" album cover & gatefold (photographed by Herb Greene), most of the Blue Cheer album covers and numerous concert posters for the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Ken Kesey, Blue Cheer, and Janis Joplin/Big Brother.  Gut designed the "Sokol Hall" & "Longshoreman's Hall" concert posters for the Hells Angels, and is also credited under their trademark/copyright as the designer of the current day Death Head. He was one of the featured characters in Hunter S Thompson's book "Hells Angels," as well as Tom Wolfe's "Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." 

During his days with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters he designed the Acid Test Graduation party poster, and hand painted their 1939 International Harvester school bus, named "Further", with Rick Griffin.  In 1964, Ken Kesey and his group of “Merry Pranksters,” fueled by LSD and a free-wheeling spirit of adventure piloted "Further" across the US on a trip that would go down in history as a cultural milestone.

Some of Gut's best friends included Jerry Garcia (they share the same birthday and celebrated it together for 8 years), Janis Joplin (he was at "The Firehouse" when she auditioned for Big Brother and the Holding Company), David Crosby, and Sonny Barger. 

Gut and his now ex-wife had an Indian wedding in the woods wearing custom buckskin outfits and then they disappeared from that world to sail the South Pacific on his 42 foot schooner with David Crosby, Bob Wilson, Peter Fonda, and Barry Hilton (Barron Hilton's son). While on their boat the basement of their house. in Mill Valley, flooded and all this original art was lost, with the exception of one piece - "I love LSD" spelled out using red flower peddles. 

In the 80s Gut found sobriety and became a cowboy.  He's currently suffering form stage four cancer, so the majority of the proceeds generated from these shirts will go directly into Gut's pockets.