This one is all about a poster I made for the Turbojugend.
So, there’s this kick ass punk rock band called Turbonegro. They are from Norway. They have a massive fan club, called the Turbojugend. There are many different ‘chapters’ of Turbojugend around the world.
Here, in New Zealand, there are 3 official Turbojugend. There’s Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666, Turbojugend RocknRoll Vagabonds, and Turbojugend Taranaki. If you haven’t already twigged by now, I am the President, Glorious Leader, Pacific Princess and Senior Arthole of TJ Aotearoa U-666. We’ve been doing this for the last 10 years, but the band have been going for a lot longer.
In Hamburg, once a year, there is an intergalactic meetup of various Turbojugend from around the globe. It is called the Weltturbojugendtage (WTJT or World Turbojugend Day) and it is apparently a grand spectacle, involving a hell of a lot of denim and even some mini-golf. If they’re lucky, Turbonegro will play a show, like they did at this year’s one. And the worldwide Turbojugend members party on, like Wayne. Excellent! After this year’s WTJT, many thought it would be the last one before Doomsday.
But it wasn’t.
Thanks to Turbonegro announcing an Australian tour earlier this year, El Commandante (aka Janne, of TJ Munster, Aotearoa U-666 and Melbourne, AmbASSador extraordinaire to the Pacific Rim) started co-ordinating the First Ever Australasian WeltTurboJugendDay. This means us gutter snipes down here in the basement finally get a chance to see The Band we’ve all been yahooing along to. Finally! Just like the CeCe Peniston song!
Designing the poster
And Janne asked me to do a poster, for the Turbojugend meetup. He told me to put anything I liked on it. And mentioned something about gay sailors. Then I watched the end of the Olympics ceremony with George Michael (yes, I squealed) and it was all over.
I based the design for the poster on the insignia for the Royal Navy (of which Australia and New Zealand are a part). I changed the crown to the Turbonegro/Turbojugend peak cap, and added plenty of swelling hibiscus in the background. Down the front are some dancing sailors – Andrew, Wayne and Craig, the Sisters of Denim! In the middle, Andrew is in denim ecstasy as he holds a bunch of flowers (poppies – obvious ANZAC reference there!) and is covered in tattoos that relate to just about everything Turbojugend Aotearoa U-666 have achieved, or humped their way through in the last 10 years to get to this point.
And in front of the sailors is a tiger snake. It was either that or some large anchors, but I thought some rudely suggestive phallic imagery was called for. Show us yer tiger snake, ASStralia!
Only 3 A1 posters were made, one is in Janne’s hands, one was stolen from Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane in Melbourne and the other is still hanging in Reverence. I will not be making prints of this poster.
If you would like to get your hands on this, then the best way is to buy a t-shirt from my Print Might store. I am immensely pleased with how the prints have turned out.
Before I left for Australia, I got some pre-orders made and gave each member of Turbonegro a t-shirt each after the Sydney show on Thursday 6th of December, 2012. Thank you for the music!
And yes, they were AWESOME live. Everything I could have hoped for, and a whole lot more on top of that.
You can buy the shirt from here:
And here are the photos! I put in some cell phone snaps of my trip over to Aussie as well.