I was home sick one day last week, and figured I might as well make myself useful. I proceeded to dig out and catalog all of the posters I've acquired and not hung up over the past eight years or so. Nearly all are music-related: a mixture of show posters, album posters, and generic artist posters, with the odd music documentary poster and ... 1996 U.S. Men's Olympic Gymnastics Team poster ... thrown in. Again: these are posters that have been stored in two closets in my home, mostly unframed, not doing anybody any good.
Q: How many posters were there?
A: There were fifty-seven posters.
I know this makes it sound like the Hoarders production crew might be stopping by at any moment, but I swear you'd never know to look at my closets that they harbored fifty-seven posters. They take up so little room propped flat against the wall! Even rolled up in groups, they're deceptively unassuming.
Of course, I didn't buy all of them. Some were torn from windows or doors after a show, some were included with the purchase of an album, some were freebies from friendly record stores. Still, perhaps the knowledge that I have fifty-seven undisplayed posters in my house ought to prevent me from ever purchasing a poster again. It's true that I have curbed my poster-buying in recent years ... but sometimes I can't resist. I'm a sucker for local venue posters, or posters from shows I'm proud to have seen. I keep thinking that I'll frame more of them, and I will! Really! If nothing else, this project reminded me that I have some gems that deserve to be enjoyed.
But where to put them? Between the spare bedroom and my office at work, I already have a respectable total on display. The living room and hallways could accommodate many more, but it's not the design aesthetic I'm striving for in the main living areas of my home. I could rotate the posters that are on display now. Maybe I need to explore the untapped potential of bathrooms.
Here are a few of the posters I cataloged last week. The others can be found in this Flickr set. Any votes for which ones should be framed (and/or actually hung) next?