TO VALLEN'S PUNK PORTRAITS
Pencil on paper 11" x 11"
sketched this portrait of Exene from the band X, sometime
around 1979. X were the most successful of the original
L.A. punk bands. Their aggressive and angry rockabilly
tinged audio assaults were the perfect soundtrack
for L.A. in the late 1970's. Their sound was energetic,
apocalyptic and full of doom.
made this sketch at a live concert in some dive, but
I don't remember where. I do recall that Exene tossed
out into the audience handfuls of tiny white plastic
"X's". I safety pinned one of them to my
leather jacket where it stayed for years. The small
white X - a wild gift, was reflected in my drawing.