Check out Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelly’s work in the 60’s.
Imagine growing up with the sounds of Motown music, classic curvaceous motorcars and having your Dad working at Disney Studio’s (Snow White)…
Well Stanley Mouse did and Stanley earned his pen name, Mouse in grade seven. He’d become known for his sketches of monster-driven muscle cars and as soon as he began signing with his pen name, he became instantly famous at ¬thirteen. He became the towns best spray painter, every car had his mouse tag on it, and in high school he got expelled for grafting. He moved onto Art School but later dropped out to do rock posters during the late 60’s with Alton Kelly. Together they produce “Rock Art”. ‘Zig Zag’ (is a brand of rolling papers that originated in France. It’s marketed in the USA by National Tobacco) was one of their first posters.
In the 70’s is when he really shined. He traveled far and wide. He returned from London to America, to work on the signange at Woodstock with Alton Kelly.
Art and music came together in images associated with the The Family Dog, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Journey, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Blind Faith.
In all, Mouse and Kelley did the first eight album covers for the Grateful Dead, including the delightful Ice Cream Kid/Rainbow Foot cover of their Europe 72 live album. The cover art for Steve Millers album Book of Dreams won a Grammy Award in 1977. Stanley was honored having his posters in museum shows around the world.
He is remembered for his
“Skull and Roses”
His posters are “psychedelic” and at times “Art Nouveau” is worked into his posters.
Psychedelic art is any kind of visual artwork inspired by psychedelic experiences induced by drugs. The word “psychedelic” means “mind manifesting”. By that definition all artistic efforts to depict the inner world of the psyche may be considered “psychedelic”.