As soon as I found the bootleg of FLAG (see HERE), I asked design-man Ian to make some artwork, maybe using a (Raymond) Pettibon image. Ian responded immediately, "How about a Chris Shary?"
The resulting cover (or at least the insert!) were perfect because Chris Shary is one the defining visual artists in American punk rock.
While Chris is primarily know for his work with All and The Descendants, a quick Google image search reveals the shitload of albums covers, logos, stickers and T-shirts he's designed.
Chris' love of brightly coloured cartoon graphics with a playful malevolence lurking beneath them mark him as a genuine original.
Sure it's occasionally tempting to curse the man when yet another lackluster pop-punk band slaps a Shary-esque cartoon band portrait on their album, but the price of great art is often mediocre imitation.
Over at his always entertaining Facebook page, Chris is revealing his sketching skills and is racing towards the 200 mark in his Punk Portraits series.
Chris notes, "The rules are I only used Sharpie markers, and did no planning in pencil at all. These are all quick sketches. Enjoy!"
While I did need the labels to ascertain the identity of some of the lesser-known figure in punk history that he's portraying, most these ones I chose for you are pretty much instantly recognizable.
Say goodnight, Phil.
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For ~150 more portraits go HERE!