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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


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.
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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

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Girl Gang Tour 2018

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Life changing concerts can be few in far between. Yes, every live musical event is its own unique unicorn from the good to the bad and well sometimes embarrassing. I love all ends of the spectrum, but those mind-altering shows that rock your core can leave an unforgettable imprint. Somehow, I had the lucky fortune of experiencing that music milestone for three punk rock nights alongside women who breed comradery through expressionism.

Like most random experiences, it all started with a social media interaction. Drea Doll, the frontwoman/guitarist from the Venomous Pinks, was promoting the then-upcoming Girl Gang tour with California’s Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Go Betty Go and The Glam Skanks. Having some history photographing the Pinks and harvesting a serious fangirl obsession for the rest of the bill, I jokingly replied to her post, “Want me to crash on your hotel floor and document/photograph the experience?” Next thing I knew, I was submitting vacation time at my corporate day job, packing my gear with a sleeping bag in tow to join the Pinks on their last three stops on tour. I was unable to attend the kick-off gig in Las Vegas, so I tagged along for the remaining dates. Never the less, I was just as amped to cover the second stop even though it was right in my hometown Tempe, Arizona. Rightfully so, the venue was at the Yucca Tap Room which is known for its intimate setting with shows that truly rage. That night was indeed no exception. The crowd was packed, but this did not stop me from joining the rest of the photographers who claimed their space on the ground in front of the stage. Fans stumbled and shoved one another on top of us, which only fueled my excitement. Photographer veteran and one of my personal artistic heroes David LeRoy Hunsaker were amongst many who were shooting at the front. He kindly offered some of his lenses to use which made my shots and night that much more memorable. All the bands played with high energy while feeding off the crowd who wanted more.

The next day I loaded up the van with The Venomous Pinks’ band members Drea Doll, Gaby Kaos, Miranda Duffy and Julie Neff along with their merch babe Ashley Berkowitz. We traveled a few hours away to another staple Arizona venue, The Greenroom. Since there was a lot of time between sound check and show time, all four bands were getting to know one another better, taking selfies and helping out where it was needed. It was a very united vibe from start to finish, which was refreshing. Meanwhile, I was able to get to share trade stories with Billy Skelly, owner, and photojournalist of 99% Magazine. To be honest, when someone told me he was on tour documenting Bad Cop / Bad Cop  I wanted to stay home because his photography skills are nothing short of extraordinary. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Skelly is one of the most approachable and humble photogs I have ever encountered. He was eager to give words of encouragement and share pointers. It’s safe to say we became fast photo buddies. One of the most distinctive aspects of this show is that it was all ages. Witnessing mothers taking their little girls to see these badass woman rage the stage was nothing short of inspirational. Doll’s little cousin was in the crowd gazed at her with admiration that gave me hope for our next generation of lady warriors.

Next stop was California to rock The Viper Room. This marked my first visit to the infamous club, and it did not disappoint. Standing in a venue I had only read about, really turned my “small town” switch on and in some way made the night that much more significant. Like a scene out of a movie, I quickly ran into people who I only knew as social media accounts. Every face in the packed crowd was punk rock beautiful, illuminated by the lighting of a stage with a moving curtain that closed between acts. Hollywood vibe aside, the most exhilarating part was the dynamic of all the bands who served harder than ever before. The Glam Skanks slayed with their glittery unapologetic sexy sounds that always demands respect. Followed up by my ladies, The Venomous Pinks who thrashed with an intensity that was pure punk fucking rock at heart and left the swarm wanting more. Their performance made me proud to call myself an “Arizonan that is with the Pinks.” Go Betty Go came in with their energetic set that always encourages their fans to accomplish what they want in life. During their set, I witnessed a former singer share the stage with the current vocalist. Also, the touring bassist stepped aside to cheer on the full-time lineup. It was musicianship like I have never witnessed before. Lastly, Bad Cop / Bad Cop displayed flawless harmonies and a tight set. They cheered while making “fuck Trump” speeches and also brought awareness to deeper issues like suicide prevention. I was so captivated that I sung at the top of my lungs almost forgetting to take photos. As the tour came to an end, it was apparent that the connections made between musicians would be longstanding.

Looking back, I realize seeing musical idols play alongside the hometown heroes gives a sense of accomplishment that is outside of oneself. It was a tour filled with ladies of all ages and background building one another up instead of tearing each other down with competition. In some aspect, the  member of each band on tour became a friend; even those who may not remember my name a year from now or even knew it in the first place. How so? Simply put, for a brief moment I lived their music. There’s nothing like witnessing dreams come true while listening to a killer live soundtrack. Coming back to my corporate cubical jungle, I was much more aware of the calmness and stillness that consumed my daily work tasks. It was like someone suddenly muted my existence. Fortunately, my ears were still ringing from the music of days past, and that left a grin on my face that no one around me could ever fully understand. For that, I knew the lyrics I heard on tour would be forever tattooed in my heart.


Words and Photography by Angela RoseRed