BOLD AT SAINT VITUS, BROOKLYN NY
June 29th, 2014 by Tim

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SHOW MEMORIES WITH KEVIN SECONDS
June 26th, 2014 by Tim

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Sparks, Nevada. In 1984, I rented a space with a big roll-up door for $300 a month. I told the landlord that I needed it for screen-printing. I lied. There wasn’t even any running water but he rented the space to me any way.

I decided to call it The Crib. I don’t remember why.

In the short amount of time I had the space,I did about 10 shows and a shitload of punk rock parties. I miss being able to rent out spots like this, relatively cheaply.

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At the time, this was the biggest punk rock show to happen in Reno. Definitely one of the biggest shows Positive Force ever did. It was an amazing gig. I almost went to jail that night because I booked it without a dance permit.

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1983. I have very vague memories of this gig. I believe it was our first ever Santa Cruz show. Actually, scratch that. We played a party gig there the year before. Double Cross were our buddies from Grass Valley. A great, young HC band. Tales Of Terror and Verbal Abuse need no introduction.

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1983. Boise, Idaho. A legendary show that almost didn’t happen. World-renowned punk rock artist Pushead – living in Boise at the time – called and asked us to come open for The Misfits and Poison Idea and we jumped at the chance to. Unfortunately, The Misfits canceled a week or so before the show. Pushead asked us if we still wanted to come play and we said yes. We brought our fellow Skeeno hardcore buddies Jackshit up with us and I’m glad we did because it was one of the funnest shows we had done, up to that point.

Fucked up part of the story. On the way back to Reno, Steve Youth’s Rickenbacker bass – which, along with a bunch of other stuff, was strapped to the roof of one of the cars we drove up in – feel off somewhere between Boise and Reno. We drove almost 200 miles back towards Boise to find it before turning back, no Rick and our tails between our legs. So sad.

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1983. Reno, Nevada. Reno was fortunate to have Minor Threat come through town not once but twice in their short life. Ian and the boys were always extremely gracious and support of me, 7Secs and the Reno punk/hardcore community.

This show was a rager and featured 2 of the best hardcore bands Reno/Sparks/Lake Tahoe had to offer – Jackshit and Urban Assault.

PUSHEAD DESIGNS, 1988
June 1st, 2014 by Ed

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MOSHERS DELIGHT – SPEAK OUT
May 12th, 2014 by Tim

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The crew over at Moshers Delight has been working on a comprehensive documentation of BOLD’s 1989 summer tour and they need your help. If you happened to catch BOLD on that 1989 summer tour and have any memories or stories to share, we want to hear them. Any photos or flyers from the 1989 tour are also welcomed and encouraged. The feature will appear in print in Moshers Delight issue 10 and portions will also appear here on DCXX.

So speak out and get involved. You can contact John from Moshers Delight at johnoftoday@gmail.com or me at TimDCXX@gmail.com

Also, be sure to check out the Moshers Delight Big Cartel site Moshers Delight

“Not content to watch the world pass me by, I’m going to grab the mic and say what’s on my mind.”

‘ZINE THING PARTY
May 12th, 2014 by Larry

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YOUTH OF TODAY – “WE’RE NOT IN THIS ALONE” FISTS/ROPE ART
May 1st, 2014 by Tim
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YOUTH OF TODAY – “WE’RE NOT IN THIS ALONE” FISTS/ROPES SHIRT

Following the two other Youth Of Today shirt art entries we did, I questioned Porcell about the Youth Of Today – “We’re Not In This Alone” fist/ropes design and the alternate version of that art that was used on a flyer. Here’s what he had to say:

“The Youth Of Today – “We’re Not In This Alone” fist/ropes design was done by an art director out of a Rhode Island merch company, that had no connection to hardcore. I can’t recall the name of the merch company, but they also did Gorilla Biscuits shirts and those famous, “This Is Not A Fugazi Shirt” shirts. As for the Living Room show flyer with the fists/chains, that must have come after the the shirt design, but was based on the shirt. - Porcell

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LIVING ROOM SHOW FLYER

LL COOL J / SIDE BY SIDE
April 28th, 2014 by Larry
LL COOL J "RADIO" LP - DEF JAM RECORDS 1985

LL COOL J “RADIO” LP – DEF JAM RECORDINGS 1985

SIDE BY SIDE "YOU'RE ONLY YOUNG ONCE..." 7" - Revelation Records 1988

SIDE BY SIDE “YOU’RE ONLY YOUNG ONCE…” 7″ – Revelation Records 1988

The graphical influence of the back cover of LL Cool J’s first album on the Side By Side 7″.

MY RULES COMING SEPTEMBER 16
April 18th, 2014 by Larry

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The definitive monograph of Glen E. Friedman, a pioneer of skate, punk, and hip-hop photography, including much never-before-published work. Glen E. Friedman is best known for his work capturing and promoting rebellion in his portraits of artists such as Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, The Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., and Public Enemy, as well as classic skateboarding originators such as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, and a very young Tony Hawk.

Designed in association with celebrated street and graphic artist Shepard Fairey, this monograph captures the most important and influential underground heroes of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. My Rules is an unprecedented window into the three most significant countercultures of the last quarter of the twentieth century, and Friedman’s photographs define those important movements that he helped shape. A remarkable chronicle and a primer about the origins of radical street cultures, My Rules is also a statement of artistic inspiration for those influenced by these countercultures.

Pre-orders now available from AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.

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THE YOUTH OF TODAY FIST ART
April 15th, 2014 by Tim
MALL BOUGHT YOUTH OF TODAY - "BREAK DOWN THE WALLS" SHIRT

MALL BOUGHT YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT

Following the theme of the Youth Of Today – “Youth Crew 88” shirt design post, I got a little info out of Porcell regarding the original Youth Of Today X’ed fist art. Anyone that’s familiar with Youth Of Today, is sure to be familiar with their classic X’ed fist logo. The art has appeared on countless shirts, stickers, pics, flyers and plenty of tattoos and here’s what Porcell had to say about it…

The original Youth Of Today X’d up fist was done by this Mahopac, New York kid named Herbie Straight Edge. Herbie originally drew the fist on the back of a gas station type jacket. Herbie became a skinhead and started drinking so he gave the jacket to Cappo. We traced the fist art off the back of the jacket and used it for Youth Of Today. -Porcell

WISHINGWELL RECORDS YOUTH OF TODAY - "BREAK DOWN THE WALLS" SHIRT

WISHINGWELL RECORDS YOUTH OF TODAY – “BREAK DOWN THE WALLS” SHIRT

YOUTH CREW 88
April 10th, 2014 by Tim
ARTHUR WITH GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE ANTHRAX, WEARING A YOUTH CREW 88 LONG SLEEVE | PHOTO: BRIAN BOOG

ARTHUR WITH GORILLA BISCUITS AT THE ANTHRAX, WEARING A YOUTH CREW 88 LONG SLEEVE | PHOTO: BRIAN BOOG

A few days ago, I was flipping though a pile of my hardcore shirts and I came across my original Youth Of Today “Youth Crew 88” shirt. I had to stop and stare at it for a few minutes just to soak in how much of a well done and classic design it is. 

Every time I see a Youth Crew 88 shirt, I can’t help but to think back to the first time that I ever saw one. It was March 19th 1989 and I was standing in line for a show at Club Pizazz in Philadelphia. It was a Soul Side, Krakdown, Insted, Vision show, (Soul Side and Krakdown never showed up.) 

Regardless, there were a ton of people there and the line to get in the show was massive (or at least it seemed so at the time.) I remember standing in that line and watching multiple people walk up wearing those Youth Crew 88 shirts and just thinking, “wow, that new YOT shirt might be the coolest one yet!” And YOT had no shortage of cool looking shirts prior to this one, but something about how clean and simple it was just made it stick out.

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Over the past 25 years  since seeing the YOT “Youth Crew 88” shirt for the first time, it’s remained a favorite of mine. When I came across my original the other day I started wondering who might have designed it. The thought had never crossed my mind, but for whatever reason, it occurred to me that it looked like something Alex Brown might have had a hand in. Instead of letting my curiosity get the best of me, I shot a quick email to Porcell to see if I could get the lowdown. Porcell did indeed confirm, Al Brown was the man behind the classic Youth Crew 88 shirt. 

I decided to shoot Alex an email to see if he had any memories he could share and here’s what he had to say…

It was designed prior to Youth Of Today’s 1988 summer tour at the apartment that Porcell, Ray and I were sharing in Brooklyn. I don’t remember what the inspiration for the design was but I must have wanted it to look like some sort of team logo. I was really into the way the first couple of SSD records looked and I suppose that could be cited as a motive for the typeface I used; something bold and clean. I think that Ray or Porcell probably had some input but they most likely left me to do my work without to much interference.

As for the heavy Youth Crew theme with “Youth Crew 88” on the front and “Youth Crew Across America” on the back, I think we all thought it was just sort of a cool moniker to attach to our group of friends and musicians. To throw it in everyone’s face was always fun too. As for the photo that was used; again, can’t remember who’s decision it was to use that particular pic but it’s a pretty great photo and it’s easy to see why we used it.

YOUTH CREW 88 BACK ART

YOUTH CREW 88 BACK ART