Shag: Coast to Coaster
Josh Agle’s artwork has been merchandised over a wide range of goods including some popular homeware. One item that is always popular due to its cost, usefulness and intrinsic beauty is the coaster set. Twenty-seven coaster sets have been released over the past fifteen years, ranging from $9.99 USD to $50 USD.
In July 2002 Shag worked with Dark Horse Comics to release the first Cocktail Coaster Set. The circular printed tin case includes four thick vinyl circular coasters (3.75″ in diameter and 1/8” in thickness) with cork backing. The set retailed for $9.99 and included a four-page drink recipe booklet.
Shag also released a Pink Panther 40th Anniversary Coaster Set in 2004. The four circular coasters are 3.5” in diameter, and each shows the pink panther in a different pose. The coasters are supplied in a chrome holder and are packaged in a printed cardboard box.In 2005 Shag was asked to produce several items for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. The Disneyland 50th Anniversary Coaster Set is supplied in a round printed tin and includes five coasters (3.5” in diameter) with scenes of Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland.In October 2007 Shag released three sets of coasters at the Flesh is Willing exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California. Each set of four square coasters, only available from the museum’s gift shop, included scenes from one panel of the show’s centrepiece, a 5′ by 18′ triptych titled The Garden of Earthly Delights. The four coasters with their cork backings were supplied with a cherry-coloured wooden holder. The coaster set below is from the Paradise painting of the triptych.
The second set is from the Hell panel of the 2007 The Flesh is Willing triptych. The four square coasters are cork backed and supplied with a wooden stand.
The third set is from the Earth panel of the 2007 The Flesh is Willing triptych. The four square coasters are cork backed and supplied with a wooden stand.In 2009 Shag designed The Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Coaster Set for Disneyland. The five square cork-backed coasters were supplied in a printed tin at $15 USD.
The Disneyland Enchanted Tiki Room 50th Anniversary Coaster Set was released in June 2013. The tied set of four 4” by 4” square ceramic drink coasters with cork backs feature the enchanted tiki room’s hosts Jose, Pierre, Michael, and Fritz.
The Tropical Drink Coasters set was released in 2015 and comprises of a tin containing four square drink coasters (4” x 4”) along with a stand in which to store them. The tropical drink coasters set is available directly from Shag the Store for $40 USD.
The Martini Crow Coasters set was released in 2015 and comprises of a tin containing four square drink coasters (4” x 4”) along with a stand in which to store them. The Martini Crow coasters set is available directly from Shag the Store for $39 USD.
The Hollywood 3D Clear Coasters set was released in 2015 and comprises four square drink coasters (4” x 4”) and a clear Lucite stand. The four transparent coasters stack together to produce a 3D Hollywood image and are available directly from Shag the Store for $39 USD.
The Palm Springs 3D Clear Coasters set was released in 2015 and comprises four square drink coasters (4” x 4”) and a clear Lucite stand. The four transparent coasters stack together to produce a 3D Palm Springs image and are available directly from Shag the Store for $39 USD.
The Palm Springs 3D Clear Coasters set was initially given to participants of the ‘56th Annual Cocktail Climb’ hosted by SHAG at the Ariel Tramway for Mod Palm Springs 2015. The set included a white acrylic stand to hold the coasters.
In 2015 Shag designed the Los Angeles Icons Coasters set. The set includes four coasters (sized four inch square) with a black wooden stand and is available direct from Shag the Store for $39 USD. The box is labeled ‘Around Town Coasters’ and includes four Los Angeles icons:
- Randy’s Donuts
- Capitol Records Building
- Norms Restaurant
- Canter’s Fairfax Famous Deli
The Los Angeles Valley Icons Coasters set in 2015 included four square coasters (4” square) and a black wooden stand. The set is available directly from Shag the Store for $39 USD and includes four Los Angeles Valley icons:
- Circus Liquors
- X-Rated Photo Shoot
- Bob’s Big Boy Restaurant
- Cadillac Dealership
The Palm Springs Coasters set in 2015 includes four square coasters (4” square) with dark wooden stand. The set is available directly from Shag the Store for $39 USD and includes images from Shag’s previous artwork (left to right below):
- Welcome to Palm Springs
- The 55th Annual Cocktail Climb
- The Refill
- The Nosy Neighbours
For the Hukilau event in Fort Lauderdale for 2016, Shag released the Hukilau Coaster Set. The set includes four coasters and dark base and depicts the Mai-Kai’s mystery girl serving a mystery drink.
In October 2016, Shag created a unique artwork on a 4″ by 4″ coaster for the Salut! coaster art exhibition of over 100 artists. The coaster artwork named Still Life with Martini sold for a fixed $50 USD.
A Tiki Faces Coaster Set was released on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the Tiki Caliente event at the Caliente Tropics Resort in Palm Springs.
In 2017 Shag released the Pirates of the Caribbean Scoundrels and Skeletons Coaster Set as part of the WonderGround Gallery collection. The images are from the Scoundrels and Skeletons art print which was created for the 50th Anniversary of Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The coasters are sized 4 1/4 inches by 4 1/6 inches.
The four coasters and base in the Huntington Cads Coaster Set were exclusive to the Surfer Joe Music Festival in Livorno, Italy on the 25th June 2017.
The Tiki Coaster Set was released in May 2018. The coasters measure 4″ by 4″, are made in the USA, and cost US$50. Out of the four Tiki face coasters, three match the Tiki Throw Pillows.
The Cats & Iconic Chairs Drinks Coasters measure 4″ x 4″ and were released in May 2018. They cost US$50, are made in the USA, and feature images of cats on iconic mid-century modern chairs. The images are very similar to the Suspicious Cat paintings from the 2017 A Seat in the Kingdom Exhibition.
That is one hundred and six different designs for coasters across the above twenty-seven sets, enough for a pretty cool tea-party and certainly a good start for any tegestologists out there. Please send me an e-mail or comment below if you know of any more coasters or if you have any good pictures to add to this page.