Show Your Head (Legalise Pot Rally).
Poster designed by Martin Sharp and John Hurford. Printed offset litho in yellow, red, pink and blue inks on thin white stock. 75x50.5cm.
The acid-drenched blacklight poster was printed by The Word for Oz magazine to promote the Legalise Pot Rally held in Hyde Park on July 7, 1968, a follow-up to the previous year’s event. It features a drawing of a long-haired, bearded mystic by John Hurford (only really visible under ultraviolet light), overlaid with an ink drawing by Martin Sharp of a mind-blown hippie smoking a joint, wild flowers sprouting everywhere from his head. Sharp’s hippie had originally appeared in April 1967 in a comic strip featured in Australian Oz #34 [see item #151]), and the poster art was used in a slightly modified form on the secondary cover of Oz#13 in June 1968 (under the Michael English/Big O poster fold-out cover).
Minor wear to extremities; slight damage and unevenness to the top edge of upper left corner, since repaired and touched up by a professional paper conservator; o/w in excellent condition.