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King Crimson Made Everything

King Crimson is one of the pseudonyms for San Francisco’s David Bradbury Haning (DBH). During the better part of 2005/6 DBH literally flyered the city with photocopies of hand-written posters containing delusional yet endearing messages of government conspiracies, lost love, and apocalyptic omens. There was a time that Haning’s posters were everywhere, on almost every street. At first I started noticing that they were not the same poster, but rather dozens of different posters, each with a unique message. Once I started stopping to read them, I began to gain an appreciation for the meticulous detail paid to the art as much as the words themselves.

There are many other websites and references to Haning’s work online, and he even temporarily had an entire Wikipedia page devoted to his story and subsequent art. While the page has since been removed, thankfully it was archived by Answers.com and listed below. While I am fortunate to own a number of Haning original poster prints, I found an ample supply of well-taken photographs on Flickr that were used below (Photo credits/links associated with each picture can be found in our flickr account).

The first thing you’ll notice when looking at the images below is that the writting bears a strong resembalance to our logo. You’ve got a good eye and perhaps a good memory! In fact, it is the hand-wrtiting of Mr. Haning. We “borrowed” a few choice letters and arranged them to suit our needs (and our message). Anyway, aside from the prophetic messages contained in the words, I am more drawn to the rough, calligraphic element of his writing style and his connection between images and words. These are some of my favorite images. More can be found by clicking on the images or browsing the links at the bottom.

Posters by David Bradbury Haning.

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The Wisdom of Mr. Haning, by Which We Choose to Live Our Lives:

Haning on consciousness: “I put everything inside your head. Nothing is seen, everything has been seen. Not everything is heard, because the voices are in your head. Everything you see, hear and feel is already inside you. Conversation is in your head.”

On politics: “Jesus Christ is going to kill the President so everyone can go back to Heaven.”

On Kurt Cobain: “Most people can’t see Kurt, but he’s still here.”

On religion: “Jesus Christ hates makeup. Jesus Christ loves ribbons and braids with barets.”

On love: “Love is the only true feeling. Blame Jesus.”

For more info, check out:

http://www.answers.com/topic/david-bradbury-haning - the content from the wikipedia entry

http://haning.blogspot.com/ – Blog dedicated to DBH and his posters. Includes interview and background info (and evidently author has conducted a video interview)

Flickr: DBH – Collected pictures and images of posters (where images above were harvested)

Discussion

2 comments for “King Crimson Made Everything”

  1. This website inspires me to make art from the heart, pure and honest……. and obsessive and pathological and alienated and disconnected and maybe even disagreeable.

    Posted by clifton carter | February 6, 2008, 2:06 pm
  2. This website inspires me to make art from the heart, pure and honest……. and obsessive and pathological and alienated and disconnected and maybe even disagreeable.

    Posted by clifton carter | February 6, 2008, 2:06 pm
  3. Clifton,

    We’re pretty big fans of the obsessive, pathological, alienated, disconnected and disagreeable– all traits that tend to keep good company with sincerity.

    Posted by Marcus | February 7, 2008, 7:30 pm
  4. Clifton,

    We’re pretty big fans of the obsessive, pathological, alienated, disconnected and disagreeable– all traits that tend to keep good company with sincerity.

    Posted by Marcus | February 7, 2008, 7:30 pm

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