A lot of people assume I went to art school or that I grew up making art. I didn’t. Rather, I grew up wanting to be a writer. From third grade through college where I was an English and French major I was obsessed with writing, but the truth was I never felt like I … Read More
Creating artwork for Little Hippie has been on my list of ‘cool jobs I’d love’ ever since I bought my first shirt from their booth at Berkfest 2003 in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. This adorable shirt had a picture of Taylor’s Grateful Dead bear and terrapin holding hands looking into the sunset. I wore the … Read More
A few days ago I finished a tour poster for Dead & Company that will be released on November 14. I worked on it throughout the month of October, just after I had the pleasure of attending AdobeMax, Adobe’s “Creativity Conference” where they bring the design community together annually to awe and inform us with new products. … Read More
In case you haven’t heard, Town Mountain are set to release renditions of two Grateful Dead Tunes to honor the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary. Town Mountain recorded bluegrass versions of two of their favorite song performed by the Grateful Dead: “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” & “Big River” the album is out Friday, November 13, 2015. I was lucky enough … Read More
Next year, 2016, will be the twenty fifth anniversary of the much-too-soon passing of famed poster artist Rick Griffin. Like too many good people, he lost his life in a motorcycle accident in Petaluma, California. He was truly a California Nature Boy, surfing his way up and down the coast. Surfing led Rick to illustration, … Read More
Here at Little Hippie we’ve been on a mission to dive into the origin story and evolution of the hippie – where did this culture come from, what does it mean and what are the values of that we’re passing onto our little hippies? Persians, Greeks and Germans were at it way before anyone thought … Read More
So, you ask, “Why the owl? And what’s it got to do with the Grateful Dead? These are questions I’ve been hearing a lot. The answer is, it has a little to do with the Grateful Dead, and a lot to do with me. The first iteration of my owl was born in the fall of 2013 while I … Read More
Our fearless leader and artist in chief Taylor Swope was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal as part of their coverage of the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well limited edition posters. For the grand “Fare Thee Well” finale in Chicago, the band commissioned nine different posters and two triptychs (consisting of a three inter-connected … Read More
Joining Little Hippie in early 2015, Lizzy Layne’s hard work is the reason for Little Hippie’s updated branding and fresh new look. Without her efforts, Taylor never would have been able to create everything she did this year for Fare Thee Well.
In the process of developing new Grateful Dead art with Taylor this past spring, Lizzy created this original blotter art design to commemorate the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary.
A limited number of Lizzy’s 50th anniversary “Forever Grateful” blotter art prints are available for sale via Lizzy’s Paypal for $20 each plus $5 for shipping and handling.