Archive for January 2011

VFA-14 Tophatters ‘Kong Killers’ poster and shirt art   6 comments

Tophatters King Kong Killers PosterVFA-14, the Navy’s oldest active squadron was chosen by Peter Jackson’s King Kong production staff to be the ‘squadron that kills Kong’.  The Navy Pilots wanted to celebrate this in the form of a poster VFA-14 Tophatters Kong Killers t-shirtand t-shirt.

The poster required a good deal of research to make sure the plane was spot-on.

The shirt had some interesting requirements.  It had to be black, because that’s the color the pilots are able to wear under their flight suits most of the time, and it could not have a big area of ‘ink’ on the back or it would cause too much sweating when in the aircraft for long periods of time.

Special thanks to ‘Steamer’ and ‘Lothar’ for acting as liaisons on this project.  This project was a lot of fun because I am a huge fan of the King Kong movies…  Squadron members interested in purchasing can check with Steamer, general public will soon be able to go to Squadron Store and check the VFA-14 shop to find both designs!

Thank you to all the VFA-14 members and their loved ones for the dedication and sacrifices!

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Posted 2011/01/29 by 8arms in Military, Posters, Squadron Store, Tophatters, VFA-14

Movie Poster: Rolling Thunder!   Leave a comment

If you’ve not heard of Rolling Thunder, the movie, read all about it here.

Had lots of fun with my friend Matt of Cinema Overdrive while signing my Rolling Thunder poster prints – that guy is a champ for putting up with my short-term memory challenges (“What number are we on again?”)! Matt played photographer with his iPhone too, since my camera was missing in action.  Much appreciated.  🙂

The show on Wednesday was great, if you haven’t seen a screening of an old 35mm movie at the Colony Theater, you should really check it out.  Not to be missed.  The trailers at the beginning and end of the shows are worth the $5 ticket price alone!

Thanks to everyone who bought one of the 77 limited edition silk-screened posters or commented on them, the ‘live feedback’ is the best!  There are still some left – you can check them out at the Cinema Overdrive merchandise page.  Only $20!!! (plus shipping if you aren’t local)

It seems that the Major Rane character was shot down during the ‘Rolling Thunder’ military operation over Vietnam.  I allude to this in the poster.  You can read more about the real event here.

10% of my proceeds from the poster are going to Wounded Warrior Project – thanks to you veterans reading this!  –Travis Getz