The Underground Press Syndicate started in 1965 as a network of five independent publications in the US. Within a few years, it swelled to over 300 across the world with a readership in the millions. Likely the biggest explosion in the history of American publishing. Newsprint was cheap and offset printing opened up new design possibilities for hand-layouts. Spare space was crammed with “spot” illustrations, squeezed between words and woven through columns, and pot-related iconography was particularly popular. David Jacob Kramer of Family Books and unearthed a number of these for a zine now called sPOTs: Weed Spot-Illustrations From Growers’ Guides and The Underground Press 1966 – 1973.


[CONTRIBUTORS ]                                     
David Kramer (Creative)
Sean Murray (Photographer)