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Larry Carey is the Mystery Artist Behind Vice Palace's Awesome Concert Flyers

For those plugged into the underground art and music scenes, Arthur Peña's Vice Palace has become a near-ubiquitous entity in the course of the past year. A "roving DIY music venue," Vice Palace stays under the radar and off the map, finding its home in houses, warehouses, art galleries and wherever else Peña sees fit, including occasional stints at the Texas Theatre. An ever-changing identity is a crucial part of its DNA.

What more appropriate artist could there be, then, to create Vice Palace's concert art than Larry Carey -- an enigma of a man whom even Peña himself has never met. Carey's show flyers are strange, twisted and psychedelic, littered with skulls and bleeding hearts. In the span of only a few months, they've become an integral part of the Vice Palace aesthetic.

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Jeremy Hallock