Thursday, January 27, 2011


Here's a special treat from the vaults for all you PUSHEAD fans out there! Way back in 1989 Pushead had his first "retrospective" solo art exhibition at New York City's legendary Psychedelic Solution Gallery. It was a fantastic display of drawings that included his already classic covers for Hirax and Corrosion of Conformity as well as his early Better Youth Organization skinhead graphics (which incidentally had a profound impact on a young man known as Vinnie Stigma almost ten years earlier and directly influenced the formation and development of Agnostic Front). I was 17 at the time of this exhibit and it was nothing less than totally validating to see Pushead's work up close. Somehow his recognition in a gallery environment legitimized my own crude skull scribblings and you can bet I made repeat visits over the course of that month to imbibe the essence of his meticulous line work and generally revel in what I perceived then as a triumph of the maligned underground metal/punk movement. For some strange reason, I've always kept the following statement that the gallery provided to contextualize his work. It's pretty fun reading. Enjoy!

Next I'll be posting my interview with Psychedelic Solution Gallery founder Jacaeber Kastor from the long gone second issue of Destroying Angels! Stay tuned, fiends...


Anonymous said...

Pushead is fantastic, thanks for this! I'm about the same age as you, so I was first introduced to him through Thrasher, when I was skating back in the 80s. Good stuff! Love your work and appreciate the blog.

Big Karl said...

beautiful. that Skull image is by Stanislav Szukalski, a real ruler as well.