Hill Valley 1985 - By Eric Tan
Well - its been a whole year since the site was launched - so I guess you could say this is a 'Happy 1st Birthday' post.
Here's some news for our regular readers that you may be glad to hear - the site has been extended for another 2 years - so the adventures in collecting are set to continue.
My plan for the next 12 months is to get the twitter account more popular - and from that grow the site to include things such as message boards thus making it more interactive for the readers and a hub for collectors to meet.
Anyway - as its a special occasion I thought I would post a special item - and today's really is special.
Its a 1/100 print by one of my favorite artists - Eric Tan - titled -
'Hill Valley - 1985'
Any Story Behind it?
Incase you hadn't noticed Back to the Future is a massive part of my collecting focus - and this Eric Tan piece had to be mine the second I saw it.
The work of Eric Tan was first brought to my attention by the magazine 'Shortlist' a few years ago when they featured another print he had produced entitled -
'In George We Trust'
based on George McFly (Marty's dad)
Needless to say ever since I saw this article I have been keeping regular tabs on his work.
It would seem I am not alone - his popularity has gone from strength to strength so much so that now his work is very much in demand on the secondary market.
A couple of weeks back I thought I hadn't paid his site a visit for a short while so logged on to check it out - and low and behold a whole range of new work inspired by places he has visited was up and being sold by Gallery 1988 (http://nineteeneightyeight.com).
Within this latest selection, locations of the world were featured - and how to get there? Tanner Airlines.
Sat in the middle of this fine collection of cities (including Paris, London, New York) was a Back to the Future inspired item - Hill Valley.
I had missed out on his last BTTF piece so there was no chance I was going to lose this one
A few clicks later it was mine.......
What exactly is it?
Its a limited edition print (1 of 100) by Eric Tan of Hill Valley, California - based on the alternate 1985 in BTTF 2.
Is it rare?
This print is now sold out - so the answer to that would be yes. With only 100 for sale to start these have gone super quick!
Will it be back?
Once its gone - its gone -and these have vanished! Don't fret though - more details are below.....
Where can I get one now?
Sadly our good friend eBay seems to be your best bet given this is sold out - however the other destinations featured in the series can be purchased from Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight (web address above) so if you just want an Eric Tan and not a Hill Valley one head over there. I have intentions of picking up a Paris one this weekend.
Limited to just 100 this is another great BTTF piece by Eric Tan.
I was super impressed with the Gallery 1988 service so look forward to ordering from them again.
Eric Tan is a massive BTTF fan so anyone who loves the movies should keep a tab on his blog - (erictanart.blogspot.com) - as you never know what he is going to design next!