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Jim Franklin (holding megaphone) backstage at the Ritz Theatre 1975

Jim Franklin (born 1943) is an artist best known for his poster art created for the Armadillo World Headquarters, a former Austin, Texas music hall.

Franklin was born in Galveston, Texas and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Returning to Texas, he teamed with musicians and artists to open a psychedelic music hall in Austin, called the Vulcan Gas Company.[1] Franklin lived in the club and was its primary poster artist for bands such as Shiva's Headband, 13th Floor Elevators, Conqueroo, and Canned Heat.[2] At the Vulcan, Franklin and Gilbert Shelton worked together for the first time.

Franklin began drawing armadillos in 1968 and it became a symbol of the hippie counterculture movement in Texas.[3] He used this armadillo motif when creating the album art for Shiva's Headband's first record, Take Me to the Mountains and poster art for the Armadillo World Headquarters. Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen live recording, Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas features Franklin's armadillo art, as does the Freddie King albums, Texas Cannonball and Woman Across the River.

Franklin also wrote Underground comix and created Armadillo Comics. Franklin's armadillo paintings earned him the nickname, the "Michelangelo of armadillo art."[4]

Many of Franklin's paintings and posters are signed with the initials, JFKLN. He continues to paint and is often seen on opening nights at the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture.

See also


  1. ^ "Jim Franklin (jfkln)". South Austin Museum of Popular Culture. Retrieved 2007-01-15.  
  2. ^ Simon, Cheryl L. "VULCAN GAS COMPANY". The Handbook of Texas Online. The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2007-01-15.  
  3. ^ Moser, Margaret (October 6, 2006). "A Lot of Cojones and a Little Faith: The art of Micael Priest". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-01-15.  
  4. ^ Smith, Larry L. "ARMADILLO". The Handbook of Texas Online. The Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2007-01-15.  

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