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The Muralist — Shawn Kerri Part 4

This is probably one of Shawn Kerri’s last works and the largest she did to my knowledge. Judging from the billiard table standing in front of it, the…

The difference 30 years make

I was desperately looking for this photo about 3 years ago. Now it came to light with the reissue of Uniform Choice’s Screaming For Change on Southern Lord…

35 songs, 20 bands, 20 page booklet — A New Breed that became the last of its breed

700 copies, 35 songs from 20 bands and a 20 page booklet: The New Breed compilation cassette tape, released by Freddy Alva and Chaka Malik on Urban Style…

Parallel lines — Graffiti & Hardcore

In the end of the 1980s, New York hardcore saw a clear affluence of graffiti on covers, show flyers and band stickers. Who did these? This seemingly easy…

사람다

What does 사람다 have to do with Unity’s reel? A friend suggested that it could mean something abbreviated like  사람, 다 (people, all) – like the reel where everybody…

Pen Name: Dee Lawdid — Shawn Kerri Part 3

“I never thought the rest of the world was looking,” Shawn Kerri told Grushkin in their interview in 1987. Actually, she had never imagined that her cartoons might…

Death, fauna love and humor — Shawn Kerri Part 2

[1] Drawing for artist The Pizz taken from Garage Magazine No. 18; [2]; [3] ; [4]; [5] Cartooning humans was certainly a mayor aspect of Shawn Kerri’s work,…

What you see is what you get: Shawn Kerri chronicling early LA hardcore

“I’m basically a cartoonist,” describes Shawn Kerri (born Shawn Maureen Fitzgerald) herself. It is her passion for cartoons, “the most fun artform,” through which she made herself a…

1990s hardcore’s love for Gustave Doré

Gustave Doré is one of those 19th century artists that gained international fame while being alive. Especially British publishers loved the illustrations of this French artist and commissioned…

Pappalardo talks Radio Silence — Interview part 3

Anthony Pappalardo and I talked about his book Radio Silence. This is the third and final part of our conversation. This time around we talk about archiving hardcore,…

Pappalardo talks Radio Silence — Interview part 2

Anthony Pappalardo talked about his book Radio Silence with me. This is the follow-up part of our conversation —Part [1] is just here. —Part [3] can be read…

Pappalardo talks Radio Silence — Interview part 1

Radio Silence, published by Anthony Pappalardo and Nathan Nedorostek in 2008, is hands down the best book on hardcore. What makes it different from all other texts dealing…

Green, white and black — Chain of Strength’s colors

Images from (1) doublecrossxx.com, (2) forums.livewire-records.com Chain of Strength were not only hardcore hipsters, which earned them the nickname of The New Kids on the Block of Hardcore…

Two youth crew fonts: hardcore typography basics

This is the test. I got this record as a surprise present the other day and couldn’t wait to come back home to listen to it. But then…

The Abused by Kevin Crowley

This was like a treasure hunt. Even better. Kevin Crowley, singer and designer of New York Hardcore legend The Abused and also inventor of the New York Hardcore…

Hardcore layout series on Noisey France

Some entries of my hardcore(-punk) layout series will appear on Noisey in French from time to time. They first one is up. Thanks, Rob.

Unreleased The Abused flyer

This flyer has never been released. It was an alternative to the second flyer Kevin Crowley drew for The Abused. Together with Crowley, I’m working on a series…

Gavin Oglesby: creating the visual identity of Orange County hardcore

This cover represents one of the best summaries of straight edge: “Straight and ALERT”. It represents the envy I had of friends who sported their “Screaming for Change”…

X-claim Records, DYS, and Bridget Burpee

I finally got the DYS Brotherhood (1983). Apart from their classic Wolfpack, I love the cover – so it was just natural to write about it and make…

Scott Magrath and hardcore aesthetics

Scott Magrath is the best example for why I started my on-onging series about hardcore layout. He’s one of the persons who craft the aesthetics of hardcore and…