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Poster Power

I found myself at the local mall last night. That naturally meant a trip to F.Y.E -- the only music store inside the mall. I actually didn't look at any music. Instead, I spent a lot of time in the poster section and then I couldn't help wonder: do people even still buy posters?

As I was flipping through the poster stacks, I looked at some classic Aerosmith and Pink Floyd prints and also looked at new shots of Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Hinder, Slash, and Nickelback. Needless to say, the band choices were pretty grim, but there was a poster of the Def Leppard Hysteria cover art. 

When I was a freshman in college, I took some posters to decorate my dorm room. I had pretty great living conditions during college, save that freshman year. During that first year of school I landed in an all-girls dorm with no air conditioning and concrete block walls - and this was the most coveted underclassman dorm on campus! Anyway, I took along an Aerosmith poster to make myself feel more at home. My roommate naturally (giant sigh) hated Aerosmith but I insisted on the poster, much to her chagrin. Back then (and we're talking about literally 10 years ago at most) you could still buy rock posters at Wal-Mart and Kmart. Now it's pretty hard to find posters, save for the odd music shop and prices are fairly high.

The posters I browsed today cost upward of 20 bucks each, thus proving inflation hits everything! I remember looking at all the awesome poster options you could mail-order through those rock stores that bought advertisements in Metal Edge in the 80s and 90s.

In addition to the higher price, the modern posters seemed to  There was no imagination, but maybe that had to do with the band options? Still, I sort of wish I'd purchased  that Hysteria print. I think it would look good in my office.

Do you still buy and display posters?


Reader Comments (21)

I still buy posters. Im waiting to put them up when i get a bigger room though. I also use T shirts since i don't wear them to often. I think they would look cool. if only i had more wall space. ugh
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChey
I love posters. I only wish I have more. Problem is, like you said, they're expensive (especially on the internet) AND pretty hard to find. Its really too bad, I can't understand why there isn't more of a market for them. Imean, I would buy a good poster any day...if I ever saw one. Anything with Nikki Sixx on it is always a sure winner with me...and you know how hard it is to find a good Nikki Poster?! Impossible!
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
I used to have all kinds of posters, and I still do. I have one of the Stones' tongue. I would love to find an Aerosmith poster, or even a Motley Crue one. I have a Guns n Roses poster hanging above my bed, the inside flap of Carnival of Sins taped on my wall underneath it. I used to have a poster of Jim Morrison, but I think I lost it during a move.

They should issue older posters, like of the 80's and 90's metal acts. I want a big one of Sebastian Bach.
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJess
I have a lot of posters I've been waiting to put up until I redo my room. I know I have a Guns N' Roses, Kurt Cobain, Velvet Revolver, Aerosmith 06 Tour, Vains Of Jenna, Def Leppard X, and maybe one or two others I'm forgetting...No matter what, I can't find a Motley Crue poster I like!!! I order most of mine offline at The only one I found at Walmart was Velvet Revolver, and I think it was soon after Libertad came out. The best deals I find are at old music stores, which is where I got the Kurt Cobain and the Def Leppard.
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel
Ahh...memories! I had the coolest poster,(sigh, "had"). It was the Appetite For Destruction cover art but it was a fuzzy "blacklight" poster! I was very proud of that thing for years, lost them all in several moves, you know how it goes. Thanks for the flash back!!
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJody Row
Oh yeah definately, I buy posters. Got a bunch of them in my room. The FYE in the mall where I live also has posters.
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I need to go to Best Buy or Wal-Mart & get some poster frames. I have a really nice one I need to frame (Kip Winger--not the shower one! ;) ) and some promotional posters I've picked up along the way. I also have some movie posters (Star Wars/Star Trek) I've gotten too. 3 guesses what the 'Chessie's Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame' will have... ;)
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
i dont have that many posters because they are so hard to find but i did tape all the album flaps i own on my walls and i have a ton including ALL the Crüe albums, AC/DC, Gn'R, and Poison
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrüe düde
YES!!! I have posters in my apartment of Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Poison, Warrant, Tuff, Cinderella, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Great White, and many more!! My apartment looks like my room from the 80's. I NEVER grew up, haha, and I like it that way.
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
It is really hard to find posters especially of ones that Kenny mentioned.
The posters that I have in my room;
Angus Young/AC/DC, The Spirit of Rock N Rollwith 2 fender guitars, GnR, Motley Crue, Sebastian Bach, Trixter, Ten Man Push, Sluahgter, Queensryche, Whitesnake, and More 80's Metal
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
My office is a bedroom in my house. I just scored a Henry Rollins poster yesterday, but the truth is, I have no room left, I still have 3 maiden posters and a few others that I have no-where to put, I am thinking of starting to put them on the ceiling. The average poster costs me $10 to buy, and $15 to laminate. A few years ago, I bought a ton of old poster mags on ebay, so a lot of my posters are smaller, and out of mags. I have tons of big Maiden ones tho, I buy whatever I can from the fan club or in stores. I also have a poster from the Dragonforce tour that is way bigger than a normal poster size.
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Yes I still have a bunch of posters and my tapestries...Anyone here collect music action figures?...I have slash, Kiss (posing the Love Gun album) and Motley Crue (Shout the Devil)..Still in their boxes..I have Ozzy up (mirror) holding a dove...Posters, Tapestries give you a great feeling..Hope you had a great weekend Allyson =)
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Kenny...I'm with you..ROCK ON BRO!!!
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Yes, Joe. I do have a bunch of the action figures also. I have KISS, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Ozzy, and 4 different ones of Elvis!!!
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Oh - some other cool posters I have include a WASP one with the words to scream until you like it, Aerosmith - Pump, Anthrax - Judge Dredd, and a magazine came out last year of classic albums, I have album cover posters for Vulgar Display of Power, 1984, Black Sabbath, Highway to hell, number of the beast, maser of puppets and appetite for destruction, all with the album name and smaller images of other albums from the same band. $8 well spent.
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Now that I have a mortage and kids, I have turned my garage into the "lounge". There I have tacked onto the walls my numerous posters from my youth - Guns N Roses, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Warrant, Kings X, Jackyl, Faith No More, etc. We often get comments from neighbors going on their walks on how much they enjoy seeing our posters and how it reminds them of their youth! Nothing but positive feedback!

Check ebay - I purchased most of my poster there and have not paid more than $10 each.
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMartha
I have a bunch of posters that I kept with me through the years. Some, R.I.P, didn't make it like some Maiden, Priest, and Crue. However, I still have plenty of Poison, KISS, Guns n Roses, Zeppelin, Dirty Looks, Bon Jovi, and Skid Row. I also have two tapestries hanging up. I have Crue, Welcome to the Theatre of Pain, and IRON MAIDEN KILLERS! I also put up old 45's, Poison, KISS, Twisted Sister, and old concert tour books. I also have up about 50 vinyls in the record frames you can get at AC MOORE. I put all the "hard to find" ones in these. Maiden Japan, Creeping Death, All Zep's, Aerosmith's Draw the Line, Priest, WASP, Black N Blue, my autographed Faster Pussycat, Quiet Riot, and a few signed Drum Heads.
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCrazynights
I still buy posters but I prefer to buy from Ebay and the smaller mom & pop record stores rather than FYE or Spencer's.

When I was a kid, I had posters all over my walls. They're gone now but I have been trying to track down most of them. I have a large KISS poster collection but I have some vintage '80s Judas Priest, Saxon, UFO, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, and Van Halen in my collection. Most are rolled and in containers because I frame them and put them up. My favorites are my KISS - Spirit of '76 original poster and maybe my Saxon - Innocence Is No Excuse poster.

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Hanging in my office at work or at home are the following posters and/or band related art:
Dream Theater - Falling into Infinity poster
Triumph - Thunder Seven plaque
Def Leppard Mirror - Pyromania era
Doors - Jim Morrison (Just following the trend!)
Hinder - Extreme Behavior flat
Shinedown - 8x10

Geez, wonder if my walls need to be painted? LOL
July 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTori

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