TO VALLEN'S PUNK PORTRAITS
Blvd - Punk Rules
Pen & ink on paper. 9 1/2" x 11"
is but one of the drawings I made depicting the world-renowned
Hollywood Boulevard in the summer of 1980. My pen & ink urban
landscape described the celebrated street as I had observed it
in the 80s, before it was transformed by waves of gentrification
that began in the mid-1990s.
artwork portrayed an elderly resident waiting for a bus along
with a young green-haired punk. Note my inclusion of the legendary
Hollywood "Walk of Fame" gold stars on the sidewalk.
posters are included in the scene, both were actually plastered
all over Los Angeles at the time.
peeled and ripped broadside on the bus bench announced a May 4th
concert by the U.K punk band, Public Image (a riotous mêlée that
I attended). The second poster called for a
militant demonstration at L.A.'s MacArthur Park on May 1st,
International Workers Day.