How I came to be a Grateful Dead licensee

July 17, 2015By Taylor Swope

popupshopWith the Fare Thee Well shows come and gone, I’m left reminiscing about how I got here in the first place.

In the summer of 2001, when I was wide eyed and ready to see the world, I set out on a mission to photograph music festival culture.

The previous fall I had been in Los Angeles working for a photographer where I met the people who would soon introduce me to the jamband world. That winter back at home in New York City, I went to shows at the Wetlands (RIP) every weekend, meeting lots of people and learning everything I could about festivals.

Lizzy Layne, Little Hippie’s MVP Creative Director, has some awesome blotter art

July 15, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

Lizzy Layne Blotter ArtJoining 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.

How Little Hippie Started and Where We Are Heading Next

June 2, 2015By Taylor Swope

When I was 23 years old I started my own business as an artist. You’re looking at it right here at LittleHippie.com. My business grew out of a love for live music and a desire to create. Little Hippie was born within a music festival scene that was just then starting to emerge, where I was … Read More

The First Time The Mainstream Media Wrote About Hippies

May 12, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

We got curious about Dennis McNally’s reference in A Long Strange Trip, to a 1965 series of San Francisco Examiner articles by Michael Fallon. The articles are referenced in almost every major book about the era, as the first use of the word hippie in print – derived from the beatnik’s hipster – to describe the shifting culture of the … Read More

Jerry Garcia’s Harrington Street Outtake

May 6, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

The book Harrington Street was not completed before Jerry Garcia’s death, but is billed as an autobiography of the musician and author until age 10. The Grateful Dead’s current exhibition on the literary history of the band at the Archive at UC Santa Cruz features one particularly out of place primary source – a photocopy … Read More

Journalists and Primary Sources on the Grateful Dead

May 5, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

Did you ever want to turn into a fly on the wall, so long as it was in a room where your favorite legend was being interviewed by a great journalist? That’s what it feels like listening to Michael Lydon interview Jerry Garcia in an hour long audio clip available on Amazon. Journalists did the … Read More

Posters of Haight Ashbury are ‘Leaves in a Disbound Book’

May 4, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

“Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley always claimed that they photocopied that book, they didn’t, they cut it out with a pen knife. So this is not that copy,” Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas G. Meriwether told us, looking over a medieval era art book (right) on view at UC Santa Cruz, “but that’s the way they got … Read More

The Grateful Dead’s Ice Nine is a Vonnegut Reference

May 1, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

“Cats’s Cradle is basically nothing more than a kind of whimsical but dark vision of Pandora’s box and technology run amok,” said Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas G. Meriwether at UC Santa Cruz. “[It] gave [the Grateful Dead] the metaphor for what they wanted to do with their ideas.” Not the string game, of course but the Kurt … Read More