TO VALLEN'S PUNK PORTRAITS
Blvd., We're Doomed
Color pencil on paper 22" x 29"
based my drawing on sights I witnessed on the seedy Hollywood
Boulevard of the late 1970's, drifters loitering on a bus
bench graffitied with punk band names and one of the famous
Hollywood sidewalk stars defaced with a nihilistic punk
scrawl, reading - "we're doomed."
world famous Hollywood Boulevard was originally the nucleus
for the punk rock movement on the West coast of the U.S.
In 1977 the first underground punk club in California, The
Masque, opened its doors in a dark, dank, windowless basement
on Cherokee Avenue, a tiny street off the main blvd. While
Hollywood blvd. was internationally renown for its Grauman's
Chinese Theater - the home to hand & footprints of Hollywood
stars - by the late 70's the legendary street had fallen
on hard times.
of the stores on the boulevard had gone out of business,
or turned to selling cheap kitsch to the flocks of tourists
and sightseers that never stopped flocking to the Mecca
of the Hollywood dream machine. Instead of starlets, visitors
were more likely to see male and female prostitutes, homeless
indigents, flamboyant transvestites and drug dealers. In
that context, L.A.'s first punks found a home.