Punk Portraits
Drawing by Mark Vallen


Come back to haunt you
Giclée print 10 x 14 inches

This is the cover art I did for the very last issue of Slash magazine in 1980. The Giclée print being offered is the black & white drawing only, not the full Slash cover (shown below). My drawing, titled Come back to haunt you, was a visual proclamation that the spirits of the Native American warriors of the North American continent had come back to possess the youthful punk rebels of the U.S. The mohawked and leather clad fellow in my drawing represented those spirits. Slash, founded in 1977 was one of the very first U.S. publications to promulgate the punk explosion.

The magazine introduced an unsuspecting public to the likes of the Sex Pistols, Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees and other hitherto unknown bands. LA's own backyard was amply covered with reports on X, Germs, Fear, Black Flag, and many others. The last issue of Slash featured articles on Crass and Adam and the Ants. My Slash cover drawing was not only a political statement, it also served as a rebel fashion exclusive! I can't take full credit for this, but soon after my artwork hit the streets, legions of youth in Los Angeles began to sport Mohawk haircuts. Ah - the power of an image!
SLASH cover art by Vallen
Come Back To Haunt You
Giclée Print - 10" x 14" $200.00