TO VALLEN'S PUNK PORTRAITS
Mark Vallen 1979
Pencil on paper
Tissue was the lead singer for the edgy punk-pop band
from Long Beach, California, the Suburban Lawns.
In 1979 my pencil drawing of Tissue was published as a
cover for L.A.'s premiere punk journal, the low legendary
magazine. The artwork would be the first of two artworks
created as covers for the magazine. My drawing also ended
up in the book, Hardcore California, a history of Punk
and New Wave by Peter Belsito and Bob Davis.
met Sue Tissue during a rooftop party at the ramshackle
West Hollywood command post of Slash magazine. I suggested
to Claude Bessy (aka Kickboy Face, the enfant terrible
editor of the punk journal), that I do a portrait of Tissue
as a cover of the rabble-rousing publication. Kickboy
concurred, Tissue consented, and the result was my portrait
of Tissue wearing one of her cuckoo anti-fashion statements...
a black vinyl raincoat with a red plastic fireman's hat
quirky vocal style put the band at the forefront of the
avant garde. Their underground hit single, Gidget
goes to Hell typified their unique Southern Californian
drawing is available as a Giclйe print; a perfect reproduction
of the black & white pencil drawing created as a cover
illustration for Slash - but without the text. Each print
is hand signed by the artist. The image is printed on
high quality Arches white paper, with a 0.5 inch white
border left around the artwork.
Giclйe print - 10" x 14" $200.00