Throbbing Gristle poster by Dave Hunter

 Hangar18 Wp-Content Uploads 2009 04 Dh-Tgf Poster artist Dave Hunter (AKA Gammalyte) created this stunning concert poster for the Throbbing Gristle show in San Francisco last month. It has a wonderful '60s cartoon occult vibe to it. The seven color silkscreened print, approximately 20" x 26", is available in an edition of 250 for $50 each.
Throbbing Gristle SF poster


  1. Is it stunning? I like the eye in the middle but the rest is neither throbbling or gristly, just boring. And what’s with the art nouveau border?

  2. Oh, it’s not actually on a brown background, that’s just the camera flash on black ink.

  3. It is nice, but it’s not particularly, uh, ‘industrial’, is it? It’s a bit more Blue Öyster Cult.

  4. @ Antinous:
    No, abrakadabra: read from right to left. The kaph, however, is incorrect as it stands in final instead of medial form, which makes it look almost exactly like the resh. That’s what happens when people want to look fancy without knowing their stuff.


  5. I think its stunning-ness may may reside in qualities that are hard to photograph for the web. I would really like to see this in person.

    I have been listening to this group for over 20 years and I agree with David that this poster fits TG very well; which makes sense since this is their friggin’ poster!

  6. My first thought was to make a very muscular throbbing piece of muscular gristle. upon further thought, that was a bit too literal… so I studied the band and their occult influences and came up with the imagery based on esoteric iconography.

    if I am ever asked to do another TG poster, I will use my original idea, which would be disturbing, to say the least.


  7. #11, gammalyte:

    My first thought was to make a very muscular throbbing piece of muscular gristle. upon further thought, that was a bit too literal.

    As ‘throbbing gristle’ was originally a euphemism for an erect penis, ‘too literal’ is maybe not literal enough.

  8. excellent work, dave. the photo does this piece no justice, though. the depth and texture of this print (and any print from the firehouse art co.) really needs to be held to be truly appreciated.

  9. From 12 o’clock counterclockwise, the letters read, א ב ר א ר א ר א ×› ר א

    Alef, Bet, Resh, Alef, Resh, Alef, Resh, Alef, Ḥof, Resh, Alef. (The Ḥof might just be a poorly drawn Bet).

    Code? Nonsense? Magik? All of the above? Who knows.

    The numberical value of the letters in basic gematria are: 1, 2, 200, 1, 200, 1, 200, 1, 20, 200, 1 = 826 (or if the Ḥof is actually a Bet the letters equal 808).

    My guess is that this is Throbbing Gristle’s occult reference to the famed Roland 808 synth.

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