Blacklight poster

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A blacklight poster is a poster printed with inks which fluoresce under black light.[1] The inks used contain phosphors which cause them to glow when exposed to the ultraviolet light emitted from black lights.[2][3]

In the United States, blacklight posters emerged as part of the psychedelic fashion scene between 1967 and 1969.[4] Since then, the art form has gone out of fashion and is generally viewed as a relic of the 1970s.[5]

Although blacklight posters have continually been produced since the 1960s there has been a resurgence in popularity since 2007 as blacklight and glow in the dark parties have become more popular. As of 2014, there are five companies actively producing new and classic flocked blacklight posters in a wide range of content including music, nature, and pop culture. The black parts of these posters are overlaid with black flocking which gives it a velvet feel and are often referred to as velvet posters.

Poster using black light fluorescent inks.


  1. ^ Lincoln, Don (2004), Understanding the universe: from quarks to the cosmos, World Scientific, p. 23, ISBN 9812387056 
  2. ^ McCleary, John Bassett; McCleary, Joan Jeffers (2004), The Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia (And Phraseicon) of the 1960s and 1970s, Random House Digital, Inc., p. 55, ISBN 1580085474 
  3. ^ Harris, Tom (2002), How Black Lights Work (1st ed.),, p. 1 
  4. ^ Menand, Louis (2003), American Studies, Macmillan, p. 173, ISBN 0374529000 
  5. ^ Campbell, Drew (2004), Technical Theater for Nontechnical People (2nd ed.), Skyhorse Publishing Inc., p. 122, ISBN 1581153449