Interview: Punk Street Art, Subcultures

Figment News interviews the author of Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation

I collected material from around the globe. That event … set-off my decade-long involvement to highlight, preserve, and promote punk flyers as one of the most vivid forms of democratic, instant, vernacular, Do-It-Yourself art of my generation….

Hispanics, women, blacks, and gays and lesbians have always been a huge portion of the backbone of punk culture. Black music formed a template for punk, and anyone who has listened to The Jam and The Clash already knows this…. If the New York Dolls and Stooges, both steeped in black traditions, were proto-punks, then punk is directly linked to black music….

I dedicate a whole chapter to skate-punk culture: the impact was truly momentous, which can be felt every time one flips through an old Thrasher magazine. Many members of bands like TSOL and Minor Threat actively skated ….