TOWN OF UKRAINE - Last summer, Lollapalooza promoter Charlie Jones hit his wife favorite artist while sitting at the bar at the grand opening of the joint of James Beard award-winning chef Tony Mantuano, roasted River on the Chicago River.
"Tony says, 'I want you to meet my friend Tony Fitzpatrick.' And he said to me: 'The Artist,' "Jones said.
"We had a cool conversation. [Fitzpatrick] invited me to his studio. My wife has been a big fan of his work and has been looking for an original Fitzpatrick for a long time. I bought a few pieces and became friends during the summer."
In a demonstration of the Poetry Foundation's "Birds Secret" Fitzpatrick, collection Jones made the Ukrainian artist village if he would consider making a poster of Lollapalooza.
"Want to look cool in front of my children, I said, 'Yes, of course I want to do'," Fitzpatrick said. "Lollapalooza is a great thing for Chicago. I was happy to do it."
So Fitzpatrick set out to make a collage of signature for the annual music festival Grant Park that captured the "beauty of Chicago, mystery and a little darkness that is rock 'n' roll.
The poster features two "nuclear eternal moths driven rock 'n' roll" Fitzpatrick said that symbolize "benevolent spirits of joy that overlook the city."
"This city has always been chosen as a place to have fun," Fitzpatrick said. "I wanted to do something that is a testament to the beauty and music in the bucolic setting of Lake Chicago."
Take a close look and see that Fitzpatrick tiny embedded devices and Chicago's iconic images, including transfers and pictures of old gas street light balloons framed by ancient vitolas CTA said that the artist is a "tribute to the politicians who have been plundering this place for years.”
Each corner is marked with historical treasures torn from binge shelters under belly musical Chicago.
Fitzpatrick included cover images matchbox Ricardo - a popular watering hole by Studs Terkel, Mike Royko, Roger Ebert and a number of writers, artists, musicians and epic drinkers - Zebra Club and Ace of Clubs, jazz joints long gone, and Ladner Brothers, Punch Cohasset house.
"Ladner Brothers was a gin mill Loop. Writer Bill Granger used to drink there. And Cohasset punch was this rat poison Kool-Aid Moonshine, a sort of night train. You could buy it by the liter in the bar for a dollar- and-a-half if you really wanted to flay yourself, "Fitzpatrick said.
"I wanted to create something that people could take home that included some of the history of our city to remember that they came to Chicago and is a magical place."
Jones, who is hanging up in his house, said it is one of the best of Lollapalooza.
"I'm a little biased. I see every day," Jones said. "Tony took me by the way has a bit of musical history in Chicago connect the dots from the first day of Lollapalooza now. There are a lot of heart and soul into that piece. Talk about Chicago and talk about the music."
And you will not have to wait five months to get one at the Festival. The poster is set to go on sale at the Lollapalooza website when tickets go on sale late this spring, a spokesman for the festival said.