Punk ...No More Rules!
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The punk phenomenon (London, c. 1976) expressed a rejection of prevailing values in ways that extended beyond the music. British punk fashion deliberately outraged propriety with the highly theatrical use of cosmetics and hairstyles, clothing typically adapted or mutilated existing objects for artistic effect: pants and shirts were cut, torn, or wrapped with tape, and written on with marker or defaced with paint; safety pins and razor blades were used as jewelry.

Punk style still persists on the street in 2011. 1


Zines, DIY Graphic Design

At the outset punk graphics were also immediate and required, like punk music, little skill to produce in the conventional sense; they were characterized by the emergence of a range of low-tech fanzines such as Sniffin Glue, which began publication in 1976. Crudely designed pages, often with handwritten, graffiti-like insertions and typographic errors, as well as letters torn out from other sources, characterized the style. 2



Jamie Reed

In March 13, 2001, an English panel of judges composed of editors and artists gave their highest honor to the controversial artwork of Jamie Reid (top), calling it the "best record cover ever produced." More...


(above) Reed poster, Anarchy in the UK, auctioned by Christie's.




Flicker, Kevin Lloyd


Oxford Dictionary of Modern Design, Punk.
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