Four years ago in 2007, around this time, I could hardly muster the energy to do anything except lay in bed. I was in one of the lowest and most difficult points in my life. Two moments collided that Christmas. My relationship of seven years had ended and my beloved was in another state - so we were in anguish in opposite parts of the country. My dear cousin of only 20 years old died that holiday as well, he had fallen from a mountain he was climbing. I could not stop crying, and the holidays made it worst.
Since then, every time the winter holidays come around I brace myself for some hard moments.
As the year wraps up, I've been speding time organizing the loose ends that will help me have a more simpler 2011. I'm deleting and throwing out loads of stuff, deleting emails that I wont respond to, eliminating megabytes of photos, deleting files, giving away loads of books, and most importantly, mentally preparing myself for better ways to juggle my art making that won't kill me or cause me a nervous breakdown.
The stress and fast-paced work life I endured is 2010 is unsustainable. I learned the hard way, like so many others. I was making a mental count of how many days in a row I was bouncing from city to city, and what I remember most was how tired I was. It's not like I got to a new city and went to cool museums, nope - its more like I would board a flight, with 2-3 hours sleep, get a to a city, lecture, work, eat on the go, and then sleep for another few hours to do another day of rapid work. That's not a good quality of life, that's a lack of life/work balance.
RT (Russia TV), which appears to be a US-based Russian online TV station, just ran a story on NYC's Brecht Forum while our Justseeds print exhibition was still hanging there, so we're now window-dressing for a strange, but nice, promo piece on the Brecht!?!
My friends in Berlin, the screenprint and performance crew Pony Pedro, have a brand new shop and exhibition space! They have a show up now of Berlin-based political screenprints called Ein Blick Drauf [A Look At It]:
New works by 14 berlin based artist/silk-screen-printers !
The exhibition focuses on the personal analysis of the contributing artists of relevant themes of our times. Current political and social debates are addressed. The exhibition features ambitious graphic that goes beyond decorative graphic design and provides a small overview over berlin's silk-screen-printing scene.
List of contributing artists:
Alexandra Klobouk, Anna Busdiecker, anef, Beat Gipp, Bera White, Danny Gretscher, Frank Höhne, Franziska Schaum, Kenneth Hyttel, Mark Thomann, Micha Hirt, Roland Barth, Tim Dinter, Various & Gould
In 1978, just across the border from South Africa in Gabarone, a group of exiled South Africans formed the Medu Art Ensemble. Medu became an armed cultural wing of the African National Congress (ANC) specifically, and the anti-apartheid struggle more broadly. They were composed of poets, playwrights, painters, musicians, dancers, and graphic designers. On top of the production of posters, publications, and theatre perfromances, some of the more militant members also used Medu as a cover to engage in more direct militant aid, sneaking into South Africa to train troops for the ANC military wing, Umkhonto weSizwe.
I was visiting some of my old haunts in Nashville last week, and walked upon this old, weathered People's History poster of Emma Goldman that I must have put up in 2002-3! Most of the wording has weathered away, but I love that her face is still sternly watching traffic...
image by Sue Pezanoski Browne
My home state of Wisconsin is in for some very difficult years -- years that will make the current economic crisis in Wisconsin seem minor. Why? Because Republican Governor-elect Scott Walker is taking charge.
Before winning the election, Walker was the Milwaukee County Executive and was notorious for gutting public programs. He follows the Republican blueprint to a tee: de-fund public programs, allow them to collapse, then make the argument that they need to be privatized to perform well. In the process, Walker attacked Unions, cut wages and benefits for city employees, and cut public transportation that working class people depend upon.
Walker has been a absolute disaster for Milwaukee - now the 4th most impoverished city in the US (2009 US Census Bureau Report). His reward for such terrible mismanagement, blame that he shares with many others? An election victory that will make him the incoming Governor.
Orwell was lucky to be published in the UK by Penguin, one of the publishers with the best record of concern for, and investment, in their book covers. The cover to right isn't Homage to Catalonia, but a collection Penguin put together of Orwell's shorter writings on Spain. It carries the silver bottom bar of the 2000-2001 editions of Penguin's Modern Classics series, and one of a series of images/covers designed by Marion Deuchars for Orwell's books on Penguin. The montage of a POUM poster and the back of a man in casual dress carrying a rifle do a much better job at capturing the spirit of Orwell's writings on Spain than the cover I started off last week with (HBJ's American edition of Homage). The poster creates the sense of an urban wall, and the figure gives us more of the feeling of the struggle being more informal, not the rigid battle lines of conventional warfare.
First the David Wojnarowicz removal from the Smithsonian and now...
Street artist Blu (we've cross-linked to some of his graffiti animations in the past) was finishing up a mural on the side of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Geffen Contemporary satellite in Los Angeles, commissioned by MOCA's new director Jeffrey Deitch, when Deitch then ordered it whitewashed due to concerns of offending Japanese American veterans and/or a nearby VA office. The mural depicted coffins covered in dollar bills, similar to the famous image of coffins returning from Vietnam covered in flags, and was made in conjunction with a new exhibit about street art. Deitch was appointed director of MOCA this year. He has run the Deitch Projects in New York, and is the biggest holder of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and also reps Chris Johanson, Clare Rojas, Barry McGee and Swoon (amongst others).
Some great recent press:
1) Peter Linebaugh does a duel review of Signs of Change and Celebrate People's History for Counterpunch HERE. It's a great long-format review, and well worth reading in it's own right. He says Signs of Change is "explosive in its educational impact because of the full, eager, colorful, passionate page designs," and calls it "a massive and beautiful work." !!!
Of Celebrate People's History he says it contains (and shares with Zinn) "an optimistic spirit, skepticism to conventional ideas, a dogged search for the forgotten men and women, and a denunciation at once classic and fresh of that class of people, the possessioners, who control the money, the land, the arms, the images, the knowledge, and the capital of the USA."
2) Publishers Weekly writes up Signs of Change and Celebrate People's History, read it HERE.
4) The good folks at Last Hours in London have posted a nice review of Signal:01, calling it "a vital, fascinating and relevant history of politically antagonistic graphics, illustration and printmaking." Read the rest HERE.
A friend just forwarded me this link to a design called Looptagger. Some folks figured out a really clever and quick way to spray stencils. Check their How-To on their site, Looptaggr
Not sure if folks have been keeping up with world news, but I caught a glimpse of some photos and video of protesters and riot police clashing in the streets in Greece. People are protesting government cuts to the public sector -- saying that fiscal mismanagement by government should not be shouldered by citizens. The government wants to freeze pensions, cut salaries, and raise consumer taxes. Protest started peacefully and then some protestors clashed with police; though some police joined the demonstrators.
Here is an article that explains the specifics of the public sector cuts:
here is video showing the tail end of the protest...
I recently had an article published in the Portland-based environmental journal Bear Deluxe about the international bushmeat trade and the effects that it's having on the populations of our closest primate relatives; namely Chimpanzees and Gorillas. I thought I'd repost it here on the Justseeds blog so that everyone can enjoy some good, old-fashioned eco-doom hyperbole this holiday season. Included are some illustrations I did for the article. Enjoy!
At six hundred pounds, the adult male Mountain Gorilla of the Virunga Volcanoes region (comprising portions of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda) has few predators. His size brings him assurances: while almost every other primate on earth, including most of his intimate relatives, builds a nest in lofty branches or in the rotten hollows of giant trunks, the Silverback sleeps comfortably on the ground.
When he wakes, he trumpets into the dawn. He turns his face from the split roof of the forest and knuckles his way towards a clump of bamboo. He crushes the stems and scrapes out the pith with his broad teeth, lingering over some tender new growth. It's a season of drought, and the forest is out of fruit, so he must rely on massive amounts of rough forage for his daily meal. The enormous guts that fill his cavernous chest throng with fermenting bacteria that strip out nutrients from otherwise impoverished plant material.
The lack of fruit has driven away other primates; notably absent are the Chimpanzees, for whom a diet of fronds, leaves, shoots and pith would be a death sentence. The Chimpanzees need fruit, and will take meat where they can. In this lean season they'll be travelling alone or in small groups, opportunistic in pursuit of Colobus monkeys, into whom they will rip with the relish of an obligate carnivore. Their diet is richer, and thus their guts can be smaller, their internal microbial colonies less populous.
There is one more primate to contend with.
This is an image that I created for the November 2010 "Operation Exposure-War is Trauma" collaboration between Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War." The project involved Justseeds artists creating images for the IVAW campaign "Operation Recovery" to stop the redeployment of traumatized soldiers.
I got inspired to make text like this when a garbage truck passed me recently.
NYC trash hauling vehicles are hand painted and the lettering styles have always interested me. I took on the style of a baseball uniform since it has multiple cultural references in the USA. The concept of rooting for a team seems to me like such a typical relationship to war. One team must lose, the cost is the devastation of societies and the loss of life. Rooting for GI Resistance to redeployment is supporting the preservation of life, of both teams.
It can also be interpreted as a riff off of the military use of sports events and programs in recruitment leads. The numerous commercials during sports games, that offer adventure and education, is astounding.
The challenges shaping the life chances of boys and young men of color are well-documented but still shocking. This book draws attention to the urgent need—both economic and moral—to better understand the policy and community-based factors that serve as incentives or barriers to young men and boys of color as they make critical life decisions.
The entire book can be downloaded by clicking here.
The original artwork was developed for a poster about cooking for self determination, which I developed in collaboration with food justice activist, Bryant Terry. You can order an original copy of this poster here on Justseeds by clicking here.
Ok, so my friend just passed this video along to me and it's mind blowing.
It's a video called "The Century of the Self" and it is watchable here: (clicky)
It talks about how Freud's views were used by Corporations to manipulate people into becoming consumers buying crap we didn't need. Particularly insane, for instance, is how women starting smoking because it was presented as a "Torch Of Freedom".
It's stunning when you watch this video.
I would definitely argue that these ideas are still very much alive and evident in mass marketing today.
New York based artist, Swoon, has teamed with Upper Playground, to release the limited edition Walki print - 100% of the proceeds from the print will go towards support of The Konbit Shelter Project.
The Walki print is an immediately touching portrait by Swoon of a boy named Walki who lives in the village of Bigones and spent time with the Konbit Shelter team at the community center building site this last summer. The print is made of a three-layer screenprint on handmade Indian jute paper measuring 13" x 21" and is limited at an edition of 300 - all proceeds from the sale will go towards support of the Konbit Shelter Project.
Mess Hall serves as a blank canvas for artists and activists
By Erinn Morrison, Medill School of Journalism
Mess Hall, a cultural center located in Rogers Park, may be one of the few organizations in the neighborhood that pays no rent for its space. Located in the heart of the Glenwood Arts District, Mess Hall got its start thanks to an unexpected and generous donation from commercial real estate broker, Alan Goldberg.
Eleven years ago Goldberg was in the midst of transforming Rogers Park into an arts mecca, laying the groundwork for the district with the ArtSpace RP building, a property that was developed to provide local artists with gallery and studio spaces.
Seated at the corner of Morse and Glenwood avenues, today Mess Hall is a popular location for creative exhibitions, hosting events like writer’s workshops and last month’s Iraq War Veterans Against the War gallery opening.
The book to the left is the copy of George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia that I grew up with (I think I first read it early on in high school). My guess is that a lot of people seeing this also read this copy, the U.S. mass market paperback published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich under their Harvest Books imprint. The cover was designed by Ken Braren (likely in the 1960s, though I'm not sure), and is strong and striking, yet oddly soulless and hollow feeling. The yellow pulls you in to the bleeding tip of the bayonet, but the best parts of Orwell's narrative are not about hand to hand combat, but the long boring days of waiting in trenches, or the vibrant culture of liberated Barcelona and political struggles between revolutionaries and the Stalinists.
—A book release party for Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution.
—Release of the brand-new National Prisoners Reform Association CPH poster.
—Silk-screen station for printing your own t-shirts and posters!
—Screening of the film "3,000 Years and Life," the documentary about the Walpole Prison uprising.
—snacks and drinks!
The event is a benefit for the LPC Movie Projector Fund.
Here are some posters that I have never had online because I didn't have an elctronic file or jpeg. Recently we have been working on documenting all the prints and posters we have produced in the past ten years. Our good friend Lincoln Cushing helped us photograph 450 images, posters Melanie and I have made as well as others by artists like Favianna Rodriguez, Juan R. Fuentes, Malaquias Montoya, Emory Douglas and Barbara Carrasco. I have spent numerous hours over the past week cropping and rotating images and cataloging them in a database. I wanted to share some of the prints I am super excited to have documented and available.
The poster above was made for some friends who worked at Comite Pro-Derechos de Vivienda San Pedro for May Day in 2002.This was one of the first posters I made for an organization and thought it was really cool that all the text was in Spanish.
This is a print I made in 2001 to commemorate the student massacre at Tlatelolco, Mexico in 1968. The printing is very sloppy, but I was still learning back then. I remember having a really hard time printing this and having a friend come over and take the squeegee from me and show me what I was doing wrong. I think I came up with the text at the bottom and the photo of the students in confrontation with the military came from a book about the massacre.
image by Kevin Caplicki
IVAW has been busy setting up numerous exhibitions of the prints from the Justseeds-IVAW project “Operation Exposure: War is Trauma.” Sunday night, an exhibition and poetry reading opens in Philadelphia. Other shows are in the works for Fort Lewis Coffeee strong, Kansas in February, Milwaukee in March, Pittsburgh and more !!!
Details for the Philadelphia show:
Art Show & Poetry Reading by Iraq Veterans
Sunday, December 12, 2010 7 - 9 PM
At 40Th St. AIR Gallery
4007 Chestnut Ave
For ONE NIGHT ONLY this collection will premier in Philly! "Operation Exposure", a collaboration between the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and veterans and supporters from Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), is a direct response to the suicide epidemic and violation of GI’s right to heal within the GI and veteran community. During Veteran's Day, veterans, artists, and supporters met in Rogers Park in Chicago and split into teams. They divided up posters that Justseeds had designed for IVAW and then wheatpasted the city. Teams hit advertising spaces and boarded up buildings with messages of GI resistance and "Operation Recovery" – a new IVAW campaign aimed to stop the redeployment of traumatized troops and focus public attention towards Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For one night only works from "Operation Exposure" will be featured along with readings from members of the Warrior Writers project.
This was a hard year for immigrant families in Arizona. Not only did the state pass SB 1070, but also it alone accounted for a shocking 20% of the nearly 26,000 deportations this year under the 287g federal program.
That means more than 5500 immigrants were pushed out of our community, many of them parents, homeowners, workers, and our neighbors.
Children are deeply affected by these policies. For this reason I'm helping to organize a Toy Drive for children in Arizona. and recently designed the poster you see above.
There are 3 easy ways you can help out:
1) Donate online by clicking here
2) Get out your cell-phone & text "ARIZONA" to 50555 to donate $5 to help purchase toys, or
3) Donate a toy at one of our drop off locations. Get a list by clicking here
art + lovely people + local food + music & beats
- limited edition prints & posters
- calendars, datebooks, zines
- books & journals
- shirts, dresses & other wearables
DJs: Max Champ, Quixx, & Jonathan Rickert
Spinning everything from funk to soul to electro to cumbias
This is a family friendly event & zero-waste event.
Facebook Event Link: http://on.fb.me/favios
People! The 2011 Organizers have arrived and are now available in the store. This year's version is an upgrade from last year's: better binding, flashier colors, but with the same uncluttered design. You should probably get one or two so that you will know what to do with your future.
Lauren Weinberg, Art and Design editor at Time Out Chicago, wrote an article on the Justseeds RESOURCED and "Operation Exposure" show at the In These Times building that opens today - December 9th. She writes:
"In January 2006, two days before her second deployment to Iraq, 21-year-old Army specialist Suzanne Swift went AWOL. Arrested six months later at her Oregon home, Swift claimed she ran away because she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder—and because she’d experienced months of sexual harassment from three men in her unit.
Last month, you might have seen Swift in Chicago: not the soldier-turned-activist herself, but her portrait. The Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Iraq Veterans Against the War used Swift’s image to illustrate a poster about military sexual trauma. It’s one of 20 prints the two groups created for their collaboration Operation Exposure, which raises awareness of the redeployment of traumatized troops."
ART IN THESE TIMES
Art Opening with Warrior Writers Readings
Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 6 to 9 p.m. (Event is Free)
In These Times, 2040 N Milwaukee - Chicago
Help inaugurate Art In These Times, a new community gallery space in Logan Square area. The space opens with two projects – "Operation Exposure-War is Trauma" and the RESOURCED portfolio.
Daniel Tucker and Lauren Cumbia have started a great new exhibition space in Chicago at the In These Times building. The space is appropriately named "Art In These Times" and the debut show opens this Thursday night. Featured are two Justseeds projects. The RESOURCED portfolio (a project examining the state of resource extraction and struggles for environmental justice) will be exhibited in the upstairs gallery space and the downstairs lobby features a print mural from the Justseeds-IVAW collaboration "Operation Exposure-War is Trauma", plus stencils by Chris Stain and text about the campaign. The installation is a direct response to the veteran suicide epidemic, the continued deployment of traumatized troops, and violation of GI’s Right to Heal.The opening will feature talks and readings by IVAW Chicago members. Join us!
Brecht Holiday Party & Justseeds Print Exhibit!
Come celebrate the end of the year and the start of a new one with the annual Brecht Forum holiday party and a Justseeds print show and big-time art sale! The show features over 40 prints, which will be for sale along with books, calendars, and a special box of misprints and damaged work that will be extra cheap!!! This stuff will make perfect holiday gifts for all you anti-capitalists out there.
Did we mention it will be fun? We hope to see you there!
Friday, December 10th, 6-9 pm
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (btw Bank & Bethune Sts)
New York, NY 10014
I think this is a homesick image. I made this in Belgium after being away from Milwaukee's landscape of numerous cranes for a month. I was just appreciating a row of three cranes on my way to work today. Click on image to see a large version of the image.
Come to think of it the last time I made an image with numerous cranes, it was after I was in the woods a few weeks in Ohio.
Jesse Goldstein, Laura Scheinkopf, and I are part of a group show called FRACKING: Art and Activism Against the Drill.
475 Tenth Ave, New York, NY
December 7, 2010 - February 5, 2011
Opening Tuesday, December 7, 7-9pm
Our installation called "We Share the Well", was initially developed this summer in response to new techniques of drilling for 'natural' gas, called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking". The Marcellus shale is a large rock deposit stretched across Pennsylvania and New York, miles below ground. Drilling companies use a toxic process called hydrofracking to extract natural gas from the shale, by injecting it with millions of gallons of highly pressurized toxic fluid. This fractures the shale in a way that releases natural gas. Most of the fluid that they inject returns to the surface and must be processed as toxic wastewater (often illegally dumped), the remainder stays underground. The local wildlife is being killed off, and drinking water contamination are on the rise, though the industry denies responsibility.
For the final John Heartfield cover installment, I've collected a smattering of covers he's done for a bunch of different publishers. Like I said at the beginning, I think his work for the magazine AIZ is the most well known of his work, so I'm going to skip those publication covers, and a handful of covers he did based on montages from AIZ. To the right is a Heartfield cover most people probably never realized he had designed, Twelve Million Black Voices by Richard Wright, as published in the UK in 1947 by Lindsay Drummond.
Only one day left!!!! Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
Please come Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde at our opening at Artillery Gallery in San Francisco on December 4th at 7:30pm. You can support local artists and locally owned businesses all in one shot by getting prints here!
ARTILLERY APPAREL GALLERY PRESENTS
RISE UP: THE POLITICAL GRAPHICS OF DIGNIDAD REBELDE
RISE UP is a exhibition featuring work by Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between artists Melanie Cervantes & Jesús Barraza. Emerging from the everyday struggles of Raza & Indigenous peoples, DR produces art intended to transform people’s stories into a radical visual language which is then returned to those who inspired it in the first place. Working primarily as poster artists, DR continues working in an important artistic tradition deeply rooted in popular social movements throughout the Americas.
Saturday, December 4th @ 7:30 p.m.
Music by DJ Baysik & Jaranon y Bochinche Afro Peruvian Drummers
Print and Poster sale
ARTILLERY APPAREL GALLERY
2751 MISSION ST. | SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110
P (415) 374-7841 | www.artillery-ag.com
Saturday, December 4th, 2010 – Friday, February 4th, 2011
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm.
On Saturday, Dec 4th, Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, and Favianna Rodriguez will be at the EastSide Arts Alliance Holiday Art Sale. Jesus and Melanie will be selling limited edition prints and other goodies and I will be selling my new calendars!
This event will also double up as a public mural celebration. So you can expect:
Local Artists. Delicious Food. Live DJ. Beautiful Murals
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Art Sale 12-7pm, Murals dedication at 3pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland CA
Here's part 2 of the Signs of Change sneek peek! Check out the book HERE.
Check out the back story to this piece HERE, it's very cool! A meta-wheatpaste about the budget cuts in the UK.
Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
My new book Signs of Change is launching here on Justseeds this morning, and I wanted to give you all a peek inside!! Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now is a labor of love. Dara and I spent years collected hundreds of posters, flyers, photos, video, film, and ephemera from dozens of radical left social movements around the world, and it's all synthesized into this book! The cultural output of almost 60 movements are explored in seven sections: Struggle for the Land, Agitate! Educate! Organize!, Forward to People's Power! Freedom and Independence Now, Let It All Hang Out, Reclaim the Commons, Globalization From Below. Here's a look at a handful of page spreads. I'll put more up tomorrow...
Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
Swoon, Irina, block print on mylar with coffee, hand painting (image to the left)
Slade Art School in the UK has been occupied. You can follow it HERE. Back in the 60s and 70s occupied art schools produced some of the best political posters of the 20th century. What will they produce today?
Justseeds Artists Cooperative is opening our doors
Friday, December 3rd 6:00-10:00
& Saturday, December 4th 12:00-8:00
We have many beautiful and radical handmade prints, books, and calendars, as well as some items only available in person (so far), such as these Bear Hankies by Mary Tremonte.
Enjoy new and fun art on the walls, and peep through our flat files to check out hundreds of prints from artists throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and beyond...
Refreshments will be provided to warm up your holiday shopping experience.
We accept cash, check, and credit cards
Take good care!
3410 Penn Ave, 2nd Floor (at the Doughboy)
Enter in the back on Spring Way. Bike & car parking available
Come out and celebrate the release of the new book Celebrate People's History! The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution
Thursday, December 2 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
172 Allen St.
New York, NY
Wanna learn history? Visualize it! Come out for a presentation of Celebrate People’s History!: The Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution, edited by Josh MacPhee. Since 1998, Josh MacPhee has commissioned over 100 posters that pay tribute to revolution, racial justice, women’s rights, queer liberation, labor struggles, and creative organizing. The book offers a visual tour across decades and continents of human rights struggles by over 80 artists. "Celebrate People's History" poster artists Christopher Cardinale, Alexander Dwinell, Molly Fair, Sabrina Jones, Mara Komoska, Erik Ruin, and Laura Whitehorn will discuss their work along with MacPhee.
The image this week is a part of the Heal Dara G art auction.
Hey folks! Check out this rad props we got onto a local RI blog! Celebrate People's History! Poster Book is on the front page!
Here's some more very cool art at the Heal Dara G art auction (Click on the artist name to go to auction page):
Erik Ruin, Diggers, paper-cut, 11″x17″ (to the right)
When I was a mini-proto-krusty-skater-travel punk, in the 90's, I went to a handful of DIY punk and hardcore shows. The self-produced culture and autonomy involved always intrigued me. Growing up in NY's Hudson Valley, I would end up in spaces like ABC No RIo for Saturday matinee's or riding in the car for hours to drive another state away for a basement show of touring or local bands.
Plenty of fanzines documented "the scene", provided advertising and promotion of the independent activities, and were outlets for the philosophy of Punk. In the Northeast Slug and Lettuce, with its incredibly tiny print, was a loud voice of the community. I frequently read the columns, consistently about seasonal mood swings, the record and zine reviews, and Fly's comics. The values represented in S&L contributed to my budding anarcho-punk lifestyle. I was humored to learn that Christine Boarts Larsen, S&L's creator, has started an online archive of Slug & Lettuce.
You can search through the countless photos of live bands shot by Christine, from 1998-2006. and you can also catch a glimpse of some earlier artwork by my contemporaries. A handful of Cristy Road illustrations are available as well as my comrade Meredith Stern.
It's entertaining to look back at the images and artwork. To gauge our progression and pay tribute to the culture we created. It's a refreshing reminder that resistance can be fostered in subcultural "scenes". Maybe not evident, in these images, to anon-participating viewer. Yet it was at these shows that I became informed about countless political campaigns which led me many years of different forms of activism, and currently political printmaking!