Posti will be releasing a punk-themed postage stamp of the band – advance sales will commence through our online store on April 28.
Finland's Eurovision Song Contest entry Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will be challenging discriminatory attitudes towards people with disabilities as they get on stage in the first Eurovision semi-final in Vienna, Austria, to perform their barnstorming hit song Aina mun pitää. Many are predicting that the band will sail through into the final. Posti will release a new stamp to celebrate Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät in the week before the Eurovision Song Contest, on Monday, May 11. It will be released for advanced sales via the Posti online store on April 28.
Band's singer Kari Aalto, featured in the foreground, is thrilled with the end result. "Us getting our own stamp definitely feels really excellent, fantastic and cool. The stamp looks great and I think it's totally punk," Aalto commented from their tour bus.
Bass player Sami Helle also thinks the stamp is great news, "It's interesting, we've never appeared on a stamp before." Drummer Toni Välitalo also thinks the stamp looks great, "I will definitely get some myself," he commented. "It's not bad, is it, getting your own stamp," says guitarist Pertti Kurikka, summing up the bands feelings.
The punk-inspired stamp is designed by Ari Lakaniemi and Susanna Rumpu. The photography is by Pekka Elomaa and Ari Lakaniemi. The colourful sheet of stamps also features portraits of each band member drawn by Pertti Kurikka. The band logo is the work of the band's manager Kalle Pajamaa.
The stamp will be available in all Posti stores and outlets throughout Finland on its day of release. The stamps will be priced at EUR 1.10 each. Online it will be available in sheets of 10 stamps.
Your chance to write to Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät
Prestigious British daily broadsheet The Guardian has predicted that Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will go on to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest. For now, however, we will just need to wait and see. In the meantime, if you would like to give Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät a boost before the big day, you can send them a postcard and other fan mail at Lyhty ry, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, FI-00390 HELSINKI, FINLAND.
All stamps available for sale are featured in Posti’s online shop.