Ask yourself, if CVLT Nation had to pick one street artist to call our own, who would it be? Ok I will tell you – it’s Houston’s very own GIVE UP. Our staff writer Nick turned us on to him & we are so glad he did. GIVE UP represents everything we are into & what we are about; he waves the flag of D.I.Y high & low and we support him 600%. He is more than just an awesome street artist, he is also a fanzine creator & graphic artist. Today I want to focus on his Hate Fuck fanzine series…Issue 10 just came out on his rad webstore. After the jump, take a closer look at this evol work of art fanzine styles!
Normally, I post about artwork that pushes the limits of disturbing, churns your stomach slightly, or is made out of dead animal parts. But there is some artwork that I like to be fun and lighthearted, as long as it’s still weird. Will Sweeney‘s illustration falls into that category for me. Sweeney is the co-owner of UK brand Alakazam, and has done work for a lot of well-known publications, like Dazed & Confused and The Guardian. I have had the pleasure of attending an opening at the sadly closed Hope Gallery, and the level of detail in his work is something mighty to behold. Each piece has a million things going on, but still manages to create an impression of wholeness. My particular favorites are his pencil drawings, which really show his artistic abilities in their shading and textures. In his more comic book style pieces, Sweeney’s use of color is totally psychedelic, and his subjects are monsters, vegetables and troglodytes. He actually does his own series of comics, entitled “Greenfuzz,” which combine his eye-popping colors and detailed imagery perfectly. I also managed to find some darker stuff of his that is more along the lines of CVLT Nation, but I can’t hate on the crazy psychedelic stuff – I have to admit, it makes me happy. Plus, Will Sweeney is just a cool and genuine guy. So after the jump, take a look at into his crazy mind.
These two are so busy, they remind me of Sean and I on speed. Somewhere in between hand-silkscreening their t-shirts and studding and sewing leather cuffs, Amanda and Le Messie at FALSE also produce FALSE Magazine. True to their craft, they hand-cut, finish and bind every signed and dated issue, and also include 3 handmade 1″ pins. False Flag, their third issue released today, is a series of mixed-media artworks in the spirit of Adbusters – revealing the corruption and deceitful reassurances of modern day societies and their rulers. FALSE inject every page of this zine with their anarcho-punk spirit and create scathing imagery that blasts both government and corporate mind-control of the idiot masses. Their cover image is of a flag that has represented lies and genocide since it’s inception. As a Communications major from a lefty school of thought, this shit is right up my alley. After the jump, check out some images from the new issue, and pick up your copy HERE.
I’m a weirdo & I don’t care. I love my Sonic Youth everywhere. Hot damn, what do we have here today! The Sonic Youth Vol.7 mixtape download. It’s full of little rarities, so get your outsider vibe on & download this tape. We also have two issues of Sonic Death fanzine up for downloading, Vol. 3 & Vol.4. So after the jump, get bonic, drink some art tonic & download the mixtape & fanzines!
Punk Lives! was a full-color magazine that came out of London in 83 or 84. The quality was pretty top notch for the time. More than anything, Punk Lives! covered the raddest bands of that time, like The Mob, Discharge, Vice Squad, Black Flag – trust me the list goes on. Here is a blast from the past…you have a chance to download my favorite four issues. So after the jump go for it…Punk Lives!
Punk Lives #5
There is something in the water in Copenhagen. Elias from ICEAGE hit us off with totally wacked-out fanzine he makes called DOGMEAT, which is also a blog. I must say I dig the way it’s laid out. The content is pretty rad – cool drawings, pure weirdness & band interviews. DOGMEAT gives you a little insight into the demented minds of Copenhagen punk youth. So after the jump get your DOGMEAT & download the fanzine.
We all live life, but when do we know we are not only living life but making history, or being a part of a historical movement? I did not know in the early 80′s in SoCal that me & all of my hardcore punk friends were a part of punk rock history, but we were! Going to see Black Flag, Social Distortion, Sin 34, Dr.Know, T.S.O.L , Husker Du at our neighborhood joints; these were the bands that we went see on our weekend rage. How did we know who was playing at the next gig & where the next rad gig was? FLYERS. I guess you could say they were our version of texting. What made a sick flyer was the art – many of them were drawn by artist who would go on to have epic art careers like Pushead, Marc Rude, Ric Clayton & Shawn Kerri. These pieces of paper documented a time & place that was historic to many humans all around the world. So after the jump check out gnarly vintage SoCal hardcore flyers!
This was one of my raddest New Years Eve’s ever…
I was 14 yrs old & ready to take on the world!