TO VALLEN'S PUNK PORTRAITS
Pencil on paper 10" x 13"
1980 I created the portrait of Chris D. (aka Chris Desjardins)
you see here, and this particular artwork remains one of
my favorite drawings from that period, evoking not just
the intensity of my subject, but the early punk rock movement
we were a part of.
D. was a featured writer at Slash magazine, where I met him in 1979 when joining the
magazine for a brief period as a designer and illustrator.
In the fall of 1977 Chris D. founded The Flesh Eaters, one of
the finest punk bands to have emerged from the city of Los
by Chris's darker vision and eerie poetry, the band's foreboding
sound was informed by rockabilly, the blues, and esoteric
outsider musicians from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Roky
Erickson and the Aliens.
saw The Flesh Eaters at many of their early performances,
and followed them over the years until they disbanded in
1983. The bÍte noire of the new wave, the
band's music was truly harrowing, full of nightmare,
menace, and a baleful and ominous mysticism.