Much as we love the old Gryphon T-shirt design, after over 25 years of looking at the same logo everybody around here was ready for something different. The “Robot Johnson” design is of course from Robert Armstrong, famed underground cartoonist and founding member of the Cheap Suit Serenaders. If you’ve logged onto our website (gryphonstrings.com) you’re already familiar with Bob’s somewhat twisted sense of humor. We’ve run the design shown here a couple of times as ads in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and people have called and emailed suggesting we issue a T-shirt, so we did. Leave it to Bob to combine all the hoopla about blues legend Robert Johnson, and the new fad for robots, into one character, Robot Johnson, complete with handy oil can and mechanical mascot. And any self-respecting robot would have to play a metal National guitar, don’t you agree?
Friday, October 14, 2005
Gryphon Stringed Instruments of Palo Alto, CA has a new T-Shirt designed by underground cartoonist, Robert Armstrong.