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The Cutaway VW Engine includes a snazzy sideview and is available as a black & white reprint. We have printed the water-cooled The Engine poster for some years now and we still offer that, but this is the first air-cooled cutaway engine drawing of Peter's that we've printed. We know you'll like it.

Just like the other black and white Classic reprints, this poster is 12" x 18" and $15.00. To order it, or any of the posters, click on the "Request a PayPal Invoice" link on the Order Page and follow the rest of the instructions on that page. You can also find the PayPal Invoice link on each of the poster pages.

This design is available on a T-shirt (just the top half of the drawing, not the sideview) at www.beetleness.com.

We are planning to add at least one other new reprint poster design this year and plan to continue adding additional posters with Peter's illustrations in the future. Let us know if you have a personal favorite you'd like to see.

All the posters that are on this site can be ordered by requesting a PayPal invoice if you want to use a card, or by filling out and mailing the printable order form with your check. Don't forget to read the instructions on the Order Page to understand what information we need to be able to fill your order.

Peter created many beautiful posters including five "original" posters where he supervised the printing himself. These include four large black and white posters, The Exploded Beetle, The Exploded Rabbit, The Cutaway City and The German City. We also produce all the black and white originals as 12" x 18" black & white reprints with the addition of The Dream, Tularemia, The Engine, and now The Cutaway VW Engine.

Peter's large (24" x 36") Map of Old Santa Fe poster is a gorgeous full color three-D view of Santa Fe surrounded by humorous vignettes of Santa Fe life. Peter is in one of them. Printed from an original painting.

Check out Peter's large, full-color poster of The Birth of Billy the Kid as well. This reproduction of another of Peter's paintings shows Billy, in the guise of Boticelli's Venus, and includes various actors in the Lincoln County War–a bit of New Mexico history–instead of the original angels. (Billy was the subject of a whole series of Peter's paintings.) The poster comes with a handy guide to all the characters.

Peter produced three full-color posters that are part of The Route 66 Series that highlights three areas in New Mexico along Route 66: Bernalillo, Los Lunas and Moriarty. These prints are available as reprints or originals.

Finally, we have only a very few original posters left that are signed by Peter himself. We sell those for the poster price plus $100. Send us an email if you are interested in finding out more about these. They are in varying conditions and we can send you pictures of them.

The Birth of Billy the Kid


Alhough we will only be taking large or wholesale orders for T-shirts through this site from now on, you can continue to find Peter's designs on individual T-shirts through www.beetleness.com out of the UK. They are fully authorized by Flathead Graphix and we work closely with them to make sure you'll always receive the same great quality that you have in the past. Shipping out of the UK is much more reasonable than US shipping so prices are good as well.

In fact, Beetleness is even selling designs and colors that we didn't print. You can see all the shirts with Peter's designs and more at the Beetleness site. On this site we've pretty much followed what Peter did with the shirts when he first produced them, but we really like the way Beetleness has changed things just a bit.

We feel Peter's artwork is in good hands with Beetleness and that through them his designs will still be out in the world for everyone to enjoy.

Birth of Billy the Kid


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Bug Strip

After Peter passed away we had a video made of both his upstairs and his downstairs studios in Santa Fe. Mundo Bravo did a wonderful job with the studio tours and has reissued this now on Vimeo. He said of it,

Think this one should be dusted off... a little offering I shot 15 years ago of Peter Aschwanden's studio at the time of his death. Peter was the illustrator for John Muir Publications here in Santa Fe. His artwork for them helped make some of their books like "How to keep Your Volkswagen Alive" and "The People's Guide to Mexico" into counter culture classics.*

When Peter died in 2005, Deborah Reade saw his studio and realized that it needed to be preserved, at least visually, and I was lucky enough to get that task. What you see here is the working studio of one of the great countercultural artists just as he left it on the day of his death.

Peter's Studio Tour

This is an opportunity to see  a lot of Peter's art—not only his illustration art but his sculptures and paintings as well. Peter could turn anything into art. He built beautiful furniture and even theater props. You can see just a little of the two drawing tables he built in the downstairs tour, and the large head is also a prop—the Wizard of Oz—with eyes that go side-to-side and a mouth that opens and closes.

(*Note that most of the illustrations in The People's Guide to Mexico were done by Glen Strock)


Cartoon Eaters. Caution!


Sometime ago we did a series of eight interviews with Peter's friends and family. These cover a wide range of topics including Peter's early life, who he was as an artist, life at John Muir Publications in Santa Fe and much more. Lots of pictures. Combine these interviews with Peter's studio tour (at the end of this page) to get the full picture!

Interview 1 with Hildegard Nelson, Peter's mother. Peter was always an artist and even as a small child would draw on anything–the street, the walls–as well as on paper. Pictues of his early art showing how his cartoons developed.

Interview 2 with Glenn Strock, author of The People's Guide to Mexico and a good friend who worked together with Peter on several projects.

Interview 3 with Ada Browne, another good friend who worked at John Muir Publications. JMP published and distributed How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, The People's Guide to Mexico and a lot of other wonderful books.

Interview 4 with Barbara Luboff who typed the original How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive manuscript and was there from the beginning.

Interview 5with Eve Muir, wife of John Muir and with him, owner of John Muir Publications in Santa Fe. And of course, there from the beginning!

Interview 6 with Gilberto Guzman, a good friend of Peter's and a fellow artist who would talk with Peter for hours about art and life. An international muralist with many beautiful murals in Santa Fe. This includes one on Guadalupe Street that many people are working right now to save from destruction by developers. Peter helped some with this mural in its earliest stage. Includes pictures of Gilberto working on the mural.

Interview 7 with Calvin Hildebrand, another good friend of Peter's who would also sit with Peter for hours, drinking coffee and discussing all manner of things.

Story 8 about JMP in the 70s and 80s. Peter illustrated How to Keep your Volkswagen Rabbit Alive, How to Keep Your Honda Alive, and How to Keep Your Datsun/Nissan Alive during this time. He also redrew most of the illustrations for the original VW Book through these years and created new illustrations for updated versions. He even contributed to some of the writing updateswhile illustrating a host of other books and projects.



Scroll toward the bottom of this page
to see a video of Peter's studios
and links to interviews about Peter and
John Muir Publications