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Art & Music Collided for Punk Rock & Paintbrushes

Words & Photography by Angela RoseRed

Romantic Rock ended the decade with an artistic bang by hosting their fourth Punk Rock and Paintbrushes Holiday art show in Los Angeles. Festivities took place at the Self Help Graphics Art Gallery, which provided a larger space compared to last year’s exhibition; resulting in bigger displays and more contributors. Feature artwork was created from musicians such as Tim Armstrong of Rancid, Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly, Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Monique Powell of Save Ferris, Carla Harvey of Butcher Babies, Warren Fitzgerald of The Vandals,  and Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.; tattoo artist Tokyo Hiro; professional skateboarders Steve Caballero and Jason Adams; photographers Madison Stern and Sara Wright, as well as artists Natalia Fabia and Johnny Ness to name a few.  The Sound Sisters did a 24 hour turn and burn road trip from Arizona to cover press. Exhaustion be damned, we were hyped while running on art fumes and excellent company infiltrated our entire evening. read more

Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Romantic Rock announces fourth annual Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show opening night reception on Saturday, December 21 in Los Angeles, CA  exhibition to showcase pieces from artists in the music community including: Tim Armstrong, Matt Henlsey, Carla Harvey, Jim Lindberg, Alison Mosshart, Soma Snakeoil, Natalia Fabia, Johnny Ness, Sara Wright, and more! 
Los Angeles, CA — Romantic Rock’s highly anticipated Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show returns for its fourth year, with the opening night and red carpet artist reception taking place on Saturday, December 21 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. With over 1,500 people in attendance in 2018, this year’s Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show will take place in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, CA at Self Help Graphics & Art, which spans over two galleries and a large exterior space. A look at last year’s Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/312448207  Celebrating the fine art and photography of creatives who share a passion for both music and art, Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show will feature artwork from musicians TimArmstrong of Rancid
Matt Hensley of Flogging MollyJim Lindberg of PennywiseAlison Mosshart of The KillsMonique Powell of Save FerrisCarla Harvey of Butcher BabiesWarren Fitzgerald of The VandalsJennie Cotterill of Bad Cop / Bad Cop, and Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L.; tattoo artist Tokyo Hiro; professional skateboarders Steve Caballero and Jason Adams; photographers Madison Stern and Sara Wright, and artists Soma SnakeoilNatalia FabiaPaul KobrigerThe Mad Twins: Olya & Vira IshchukChris SharyJohnny NessSarah Melvin, and Lori Herbst. Each artist will have multiple original pieces, prints, and much more. The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show will feature music throughout the night from special guest DJs including Noodles of The OffspringJonny Two Bags Wickersham of Social DistortionStacey Dee of Bad Cop / Bad Cop, and Joe Sib of SideOneDummy Records, and also boast a full cocktail bar, a coffee booth featuring Oakland Coffee, red carpet, photo booth, live body painting, and more. To RSVP to this all ages event, please visit: https://prpb2019.eventbrite.com 
Emily T. Nielsen, founder of both Romantic Rock and Punk Rock & Paintbrushes says, “The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes team is so excited to be hosting another holiday event in Los Angeles this December, sure to be our biggest yet! We will celebrate a successful year and everyone’s hard work with our amazing lineup of artists, photographers, and our wonderful DJs who volunteer their time to give back to our official non profit, The Sidewalk Project. We are very thankful to all of our partners for this show and all of our team for doing such an amazing job this year. Please join us in enjoying and celebrating ART…. without you there is no us!” Some of this year’s participating Punk Rock & Paintbrushes artists said the following: “Christmas time is a very special time for me and I’m super stoked to be apart of this Holiday group show with some of my favorite artists. Looking forward to showing some new stuff this year.” – Steve Caballero “I am looking forward tothe Punk Rock & Paintbrushes show in December. I am always inspired to see everyone’s work. I have been on tour most of the year but I have some ideas that I am looking forward to making for the show and am trying to push myself to learn more and combine a few different mediums.” – Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly “Being new to the art scene, I’m so very excited to be a part of this event. It’s an honor to have my work hung beside such talented artists. I’m not only a fan of their art, but for many, also a fan of their music!” – Monique Powell of Save Ferris Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the opening night reception to The Sidewalk Project, a Los Angeles non-profit whose initiative is to enrich the lives of the Los Angeles houseless community. Through various mediums including art, music and film, The Sidewalk Project aims to be socially active in houseless communities around the world, working directly on the street to share in a sense of connection and well-being. To benefit The Sidewalk Project, Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show has also partnered with Vans Footwear to produce “The Art of Shoes,” where artists featured in the show and other iconic punk rock musicians will paint one-of-a-kind designs onto Vans shoes to be auctioned at the show. The Self Help Graphics & Art is located in the Boyle Heights area, at 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes group art exhibition will also be open on Sunday, December 22 from 11:00am to 6:00pm with musical performances and other special surprises to be announced soon. Sponsors for Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show include: Oakland Coffee (founded by Green Day), AO Hemp (owned/founded by Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly), Punk Rock Bowling, The Sidewalk Project, KROQ, Vans Footwear, and Jagermeister. Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will also host holiday shows in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA with select artists. The Portland show will take place December 13 at Bodecker Foundation. RSVP here: prpb2019pdx.eventbrite.com. The Seattle show will take place on December 14 at Piranha Show Gallery.
For more information, visit:
https://prpb2019.eventbrite.com
https://www.punkrockart.com
https://www.instagram.com/punkrockandpaintbrushes

About Punk Rock & Paintbrushes:
Punk Rock & Paintbrushes is a collection of artists and photographers who share a love of music — including many career musicians. We are here to provide a platform for our artists to explore their talents through their painting, photography and other forms of art. We produce art shows across the country and desire to connect these talented individuals to their fans of both art and music.
 
About The Sidewalk Project:
Founded by Stacy Dee, Soma Snakeoil, and Emily T. Nielsen, The Sidewalk Project is an initiative to enrich the lives of the Los Angeles’ houseless community. Through various mediums including art, music and film, The Sidewalk Project aims to be socially active in houseless communities around the world. We work directly on the street to share in a sense of connection and well-being. We focus on enriching experience and building positive art-centric community directly on the street. We like to keep our work radical and without barriers. Wherever one of us is standing there is capacity for a Sidewalk Project. Let’s make everyday matter. TheSidewalkProject.org @The_Sidewalk_Project
 
About Self Help Graphics & Art:
Self Help Graphics & Art fosters the creation and advancement of new art works by Chicana/o and Latinx artists through experimental and innovative printmaking techniques and other visual art forms. We are an organization rooted in community; and since 1973, have been at the intersection of arts and social justice, providing a home that fosters the creativity and development of local artists. We establish international collaborations and partnerships nation-wide and create world-wide cultural exchanges

Sound Sisters Episode 19-Chris Shary

Renowned punk artist Chris Shary chats with the ladies about his approach to time management with creative endeavors and what it is like to artistically collaborate with some of the biggest names in music. They also get into finding the balance between being a father/husband/artist/teacher, how Travis Barker approached him to do artwork for Blink-182, his process with putting a creative spin on the infamous Milo sketch, and the true meaning behind Descendents’ anthem “I’m the One”. Before that, the Sound Sisters discuss their experience with artist and writer’s block and ways to get out of a creative rut . All this, plus exclusive spins from Violent Traditions and Shiners Club!
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Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Exhibition Smashed Art Boundaries

Photos & Words by Angela RoseRed

Music and art collided for Romantic Rock’s third annual Punk Rock & Paintbrushes holiday art show that took place at Innerspace Gallery in Los Angeles, California.The Sound Sisters traveled from Arizona for an overnight turnaround trip to catch the special event. The exhibition featured original artwork by

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Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival!

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival!

The third annual Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (LEFUFF)
will make its way to Arizona on Sept. 1st, at Phoenix Center for the Arts. It is the only
traveling festival that showcases exclusively feminist experimental art and narrative
work. This year it will feature films from over 30 different countries ranging in
genres from Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Horror, Female Sexuality, and
our own concoction Psychotropic. There will be film screenings, vendors, artists,
catering, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and a performance by It’s Embarrassing. read more

Artist Focus: Jared Aubel

Artist Focus: Jared Aubel 

Interview by Angela RoseRed

Arizona artist Jared Aubel has made waves on both a local and national level. His artistic approach to contemporary pop art has a fine art appeal with a surge of humor and whit. Aubel’s subjects vary from a Gangster Jesus to a Punk Rock Zebra. Whatever clever juxtaposition he produces, it is a true reflection of his colorful soul that leaves viewers with a fun afterthought.

Describe your artistic style in one sentence:

I would described my art as contemporary pop art with a clever whit or lampoon often added. read more

Photographer Focus: James Young

Photographer Focus: James Young

Interview by Angela RoseRed

James Young is an Arizona-based artist who specializes in street and skate photography. His mediums vary from old skool analog film to modern day digital techniques. Shredding on a board for over 15 years, he naturally immersed himself in opportunities that require him to catch those major “skate or die” moments. Whether Young is taking still shots of a unique object on the streets of Phoenix or documenting someone with all four wheels in the air at night, his ability to capture the decisive moment is nothing short of radness.

How did you spiral into the world of photography?

I say I really got into photography a few years back when i got sober i wanted a way to chill with all my friends and keep the mind busy while at a bar or something so i brought a camera along and started shooting my weird ass friends.

How long have you been snapping photos?

I’ve been taking photos for a little over four years now.

What are your favorite subjects to photograph and why?

My favorite subjects to shoot is shadows and skateboarding. I love the line work shadows make and just walking around trying to find them there always different. With skate photos it’s all about getting the perfect moment you can half a second off and that photo is just not going to turn out right.

Do you have any major influences?

I love looking at the work of people like William Eggleston, Spike Jonze and Boogie Ed Templeton.

Favorite artistic mediums:

My film camera for sure, but sadly its broke at the moment.

List off what photography formats, gear and editing techniques used to create your work?

I use a Minolta x700 mainly for my street/shadow work and a Nikon d7100 for my skate photos and Photoshop for all the editing.

Favorite spots to shoot at:

I like walking around downtown Phoenix.

Who are your favorite skaters to photograph?

Just my homies cuz theres no pressure its all fun with them.

Regardless if its day or night, you kill it at capturing the decisive moment in your skateboarding images. How do you document such fast action shots?

If its night it’s all about the flashes you need those baby’s to freeze the motion.

Your street photography has a strong graphic element to it. Do you go out and chase the image or does the image find you?

I would say 50/50 I have to chase the light till an image just pops up.

If you could photograph any person or place past through the present who would it be?

I would be down to get a portrait session going with Albert Einstein.

If your artwork could be a fictional character, who would it be?

Spy vs spy not sure why haha maybe it’s the black and white.

What bands occupy your earholes most frequently?

All over the place with music I go from Otis Redding to Post Malone to Hank Williams III. I feel like it’s everywhere.

Choose your weapon: Vinyl, Cassette, CD or Digital?

Vinyl for days.

Do you have any projects coming up or in the works?

Nah not right now, but I would like to get something going so if anybody wants to collab hit me up. Haha!

Social Media/Website/Contact Info:

jamesyoungphotos on Instagram

Is your work for sale? Are you free for commission work?

If anyone wants to buy anything I’m always down to sell or trade print for print. Yes, I’m free for some commission work.

Some have claimed photography is a skill, not an art form. What is your stance on that dumbassery theory?I believe photography is an art form for days you can have a 100  people shoot the same subject and every person will get a different photograph out of it and that’s their own personal art. read more