MY RULES COMING SEPTEMBER 16
April 18th, 2014 by Larry
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.
THE YOUTH OF TODAY FIST ART
April 15th, 2014 by Tim
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
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
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.
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
SK8FACE ON KICKSTARTER
February 24th, 2014 by Larry
Check out Sk8face on Kickstarter and make a pledge. Lots of great rewards being offered!
SUPREME MOSH TEE
February 20th, 2014 by Larry
In what is most likely a “used without permission” photo, Supreme, has this interesting new “Mosh Tee” in their Spring/Summer 2014 catalog. The shirt features the photo taken by Bri Hurley and made famous from originally appearing on the back cover of Revelation Records’ first release, the Warzone “Lower East Side Crew” 7″.
See the shirt HERE.
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THE UNDERGROUND FACTION
February 13th, 2014 by Tim
THE UNDERGROUND FACTION’S – OUT OF STEP DESIGN
Insted bassist, Rich Labbate has been hard at work with his company, The Underground Faction, for three years now. Rich is constantly adding new shirt designs to The Underground Faction catalog and just added this brand new “Out Of Step”, Dischord/DCHC/Minor Threat inspired design recently. Take a minute to check out the site and see below for The Underground Faction’s story. -Tim DCXX
“The Underground Faction was founded in 2011 and is 100% DIY. It is fueled by musicians, artists, and animal rights advocates with a vision to create, inspire, and bring awareness to the things we find important to us.
This clothing and life-style company caters to all walks of life while pulling from underground subcultures – punk rock, skateboarding, hip-hop, underground art, indie-rock, vegetarian/vegan, compassionate living, free thinking, misfits, to name a few.
Through collaboration with like-minded artists we create t-shirts, hats, bags, stickers, and other cool stuff.
The future is (y)ours, let’s keep it that way…”
XXX FANZINE COMPREHENSIVE BOOK RELEASE COMING IN LATE 2014
February 7th, 2014 by Larry
Over the course of five years (1983-1987), Boston’s xXx Fanzine chronicled the rise and rebirth of Hardcore America. The Salad Days. The Death of Hardcore. The Revolution Summer. The Punk-Metal Crossover. Straight-Edge Revivals. Skate-Rock. The Rock Against Reagan. Emo-Core. Brian Walsby Cartoons. Pushead Ads. Com- bat-Core. It’s all here and it all figured into the 20 issues that charted the course of Hardcore’s rise from pure DIY ethic to its impact on something larger – the shockwaves of which are still being felt today.
Slated for publication through Bridge Nine in late 2014, xXx Fanzine 1983-1987, will encompass over 60 interviews done in parking lots and backstages at (mostly) Boston area venues including the Channel, The Rat and countless VFW Halls and Church basements. From Minor Threat and The Misfits to The Cro-Mags and Motorhead to Descendents to Dag Nasty to 7 Seconds and Youth of Today to rare, seldom-granted interviews with the likes of SSD and DYS, this 180 page-plus volume is a vibrant cross-section of the 80’s underground charted by future rock writer and record exec, Mike Gitter. Regarding his newfound partnership with Bridge Nine, Gitter commented, “Working with Chris and B9 came very naturally. They’ve always shown complete attention to quality and substance: Bridge Nine is one of the reasons that hardcore has remained a vital force to this day.”
xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 not merely revisits a crucial juncture in the underground but updates it with current quotes and interviews not merely from the artists featured in the book. The likes of Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Smalley, Vic Bondi, John Brannon, Keith Morris, Roger Miret and members of SS Decontrol, Youth of Today, Bl’ast!, Corrosion of Conformity, Samhain, Void, The Accused and Die Kreuzen are just a few of the bands and personalities who have lent their voices to this book. Through a combination of oral history, written commentary and a lavish trove of photos, reviews, advertisements and flyers, not merely is xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 a document of hardcore’s history but just as importantly shows the head-flexing importance of fanzines to DIY America.
“Without fanzines, the story of American Hardcore would have been very different,” states Down By Law frontman, Dave Smalley, who is featured in the book during his tenures with DYS, Dag Nasty and ALL. “All of us contributed in different ways. Fanzines like xXx were crucial to not merely communication between scenes but also strengthening our inner resolve as we read about and were inspired by the scene that was happening all around us.”
While more information on this release will be coming soon, fans of Hardcore’s many generations can expect more than a few surprises surrounding the release of one of the East Coast’s premier Hardcore zines. In the meantime keep up with xXx Fanzine on Facebook.
NEW FROM MOSHERS DELIGHT
February 5th, 2014 by Tim
OPEN YOUR EYES FANZINE ANTHOLOGY – COMING SOON
February 4th, 2014 by Larry
Open Your Eyes Fanzine Anthology coming soon via Mosher’s Delight.
February 1st, 2014 by Tim
REVELATION RECORDS CATALOG 1-25, 1987-1992.