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Geek Art: Welcome To Hill Valley ‘Back To The Future’ Ad
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You probably noticed that we’ve been posting Back To The Future-related articles all this week in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the film’s theatrical release. We officially wrapped up our Week of Geek yesterday — the actual release date — with a podcast episode devoted to Back To The Future, and here at GoD headquarters, I’ve spent the weekend introducing my 13-year-old nephew to the entire trilogy (he loved it!).

So, you can imagine that Back To The Future has been on my radar for quite some time now, and it’s moments like these that I really miss the ride at Universal Studios and just really wish there was more BTTF out there for me.

That’s why I fell totally in love with a new piece of artwork by Eric Tan made up to look like a 1950’s-style magazine ad for Hill Valley, California, the town in Back To The Future.

As Tan mentions in his blog post, there’s two items in the artwork that show that Marty McFly’s (Michael J. Fox’s character in the trilogy) influence — one is obvious, another you have to look a little harder for (see the image here at right and click for the full, large view).

Tan created this piece as part of the annual Crazy 4 Cult art show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles, CA, which begins this July 9, and is hosted by Kevin Smith.

Tan’s piece — a 24″ by 18″ signed and numbered poster limited to 150 — will be one of many offerings from over 100 artists at the upcoming art show, all of whom will contribute reinterpretations of cult classics. My favorite selection from last year was the “Founding Members Of The SICTT (Society of In Control Time Travelers) by Nathan Stapley, which contained several of my favorite film characters, including BTTF‘s Marty McFly and Doc Brown, as well as Kirk and Spock from Star Trek IV (see all previous contributions at the Crazy 4 Cult site).

By the way, I discovered Tan’s Back To The Future piece via a link trackback to GoD by artist Joey Spiotto on his blog, where he had written about his own selection for the show — a Firefly/Serenity-themed piece called River Tam and the Fireflies. It’s so cute! It basically takes the cast and puts them in a 1960’s TV show kind of music band, like the Partridge Family. You can buy what is the album cover online, but Spiotto says that if you buy the piece at the gallery, you’ll get some bonus material! Check out his blog entry for the full details (and thanks for the link love, Joey!).

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