Mitch O’Connell McCartney poster

Artist Mitch O’Connell created this unofficial McCartney poster for the current “Out There” tour — in my opinion, it’s more interesting than the official one. Thanks go yet again to commenter Hologram Sam for bringing this to Hey Dullblog’s attention. Sam, we have to get you writing posts for us!


On his site O’Connell notes that “I combined about 50 references in the drawing, a few obvious ones being the walking pose from Abbey Road, the profile from Revolver, the garb of Sgt. Pepper, the lettering from Magical Mystery Tour, and on and on and on, all rendered with a nod to Yellow Submarine.”

publicityphotoWho’ll be the first to find all 50 references? I call “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and the outspread Wings hands!

O’Connell is based in Chicago — maybe I’ll get to meet him at the Fest for Beatles Fans on August 14-16. Mitch, I’ll be the one wearing the Tributosaurus Beatles T-shirt.

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  1. Avatar Devin McKinney wrote:

    I see “I Am the Walrus,” a RAM ram, the figure from the cover of WINGS GREATEST, one-fourth of the HELP semaphore, the bust on pedestal wearing George’s hat from the final (8/22/69) photo shoot and cover of the HEY JUDE album, Big Ben from the LONDON TOWN cover, a flight of “Bluebird”s, and a FLAMING PIE.

    I love things like this: find the presidents, etc.

  2. Avatar Hologram Sam wrote:

    Martha’s there, are they bluebirds or blackbirds(?), the spilled bowl of cherries, the red rose speedway…
    It’s a lovely poster.

  3. My favorite: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB3. [EDIT: it was a DB3 in the novel “Goldfinger”; it’s a DB5 in the movie, and here.)

    That’s definitely a DB5, I assume it’s a reference to “Live And Let Die”? Mitch, are you reading this? Confirm/Deny?

    Also, I assume the eye above the Wingspan hands is from the video for “Strawberry Fields”?

  4. Yes! That ties into Bond, plus Paul owned the car, PLUS it was the car that he “died” in if you believe the “Paul is Dead” legend. As I already told Michael, I should have put a parking meter next to it to tie in Lovely Rita!

  5. PS I think “35” is a closer number to the truth. I can always add more- I think those colorful smoke puffs are ripe to change into recognizable forms for one!

  6. Avatar Chantal wrote:

    I see the chair from Memory Almost Full, the Venus and Mars balls, Paul from the HELP! cover, a ballroom dancer (?) which also seems to look like the sails of a ship (Wanderlust?), the eye could be the Fool on the Hill, and there are a few more but I want to leave some for other people 😉 Very nicely done!

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