Medina Ohio Art
I graduated from MFA in 1991, got married, had a studio here on the farm, and lived in a constantly changing number of different Ohio cities and towns. I was around 1996 and had a lot of fun with my wife, son and daughter-in-law and their two children.
In Madison I discovered the artist's book by Walter Hamady, which opened a whole new world to me, with which I am still in love today.
I went back to Kent to attend an art class while I was working on a strong portfolio for a programme I wanted to take part in, but together we forgot. At this point, I made a huge decision: I had no interest in moving to New York, Boston, or London, and eventually I decided to return to college and pursue a degree in art education and a career as a teacher. I worked for two years at the Art Institute of Chicago and then three years at a local art school before finally going back to school and working toward my degree.
In the summer I could sometimes find a teaching position, but more often I had to spend more time in my studio and garden, although I did not earn much money. I tried to teach a few days a week, which became not my life but my art, and I'm glad I did.
After my Bachelor of Arts in 1980, I had a job that was related to interior design. I stayed for about a year and a half and then decided to study interior design, and I did.
I took some commercial art classes in high school, but art wasn't really my thing until I went to Kent State University and did a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and then a Master of Art. This time I was wiser and more hungry for success and loved my art lessons, older and wiser than the old ones.
I was a freelance student artist, buying posters and paying for nothing, while the artist kept all the rights to the artwork.
The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1981, but was unable to survive and was liquidated in 1984 after a controversial series of events. When we spotted an opportunity, we moved to Medina and changed our name to Pro Arts Inc., became Youth - Oriented Posters, Inc., and sold 12 million copies. The posters flew off the shelves and the sales were big; they sold more than a quarter of a million times, catapulting us into the big leagues. We lost to an Elvis lawyer (who we eventually won) for a paltry $17,000 in damages; we were sued by a competing company that bought us up; and we had to meet a higher guarantee of $6,000. Posting death, "the Fonz poster that sold more than a million copies this quarter and propelled us into the major league.
TV series with Fawcett and Charlie and the Angels, "the poster with his right nipple visible through the swimsuit material was just released during the broadcast. The fact that a prominent nipple was first displayed on a poster in the USA sold millions of copies, which is not known for being a poster in the industry.
Mike and Ted Trikilis have left Kent State to open a gallery and art supplies store called Green Gas House. A visit to a Chicago poster vendor changed everything when the brothers bought 300 anti-war posters. This became known as the "Farrah phenomenon" and turned Pro Arts into a multi-million dollar business. From 1967 to 1984, Pro arts was the poster company founded in Ohio in the United States, designing some of the most iconic posters of all time, as well as one of America's most successful advertising campaigns.
Ted knew he had to be good at the top and quickly made arrangements to get a shoot out with Fawcett. He eventually wrote a book in which he claimed the doubly cross lawyer had done his part in dismantling art.