SplatterMarks

a showcase of Artwork by Mark Young

Artwork by Mark Young

Johnny Rotten –

Sex Pistols

The single “Anarchy in the U.K.,” the Sex Pistols established punk as a national style that combined confrontational fashions with sped-up hard rock and allusive, socially aware lyrics that addressed the reduced expectations of 1970s teens. Armed with a critique of the music industry and consumerism—embodied in songs such as the Sex Pistols’ “EMI” and X-Ray Spex’s “Identity”—early British punk spawned a resurgence of interest in rock. Mirroring social upheaval with a series of visionary songs couched in black humour, groups such as the Buzzcocks (“Orgasm Addict”), the Clash (“Complete Control”), and Siouxsie and the Banshees (“Hong Kong Garden”) scored hits in 1977–78. Anarchist, decentralizing, and libertarian, U.K. punk was drawn into the polarized politics of British society and by 1979 had self-destructed as a pop style.

Ian Dury – Blockheads

Sid Vicious – The Original Hellraiser

The Clash

Punk, also called punk rock, aggressive form of rock music that coalesced into an international (though predominantly Anglo-American) movement in 1975–80. Often politicized and full of vital energy beneath a sarcastic, hostile facade, punk spread as an ideology and an aesthetic approach, becoming an archetype of teen rebellion and alienation.

After absorbing their style, I add it to my own way of creating new images

After painting Tim Burton’s Ursula, I had the idea of using those prominent cheek bones for my original reimagining of Queen’s Gambit

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Damon Albarn Unofficial Archive

Damon Albarn talks Gorillaz, the future of the music biz (and Blur)

Gorillaz broke the pop mould as early adopters of featured artists. Now they’re doing it again with their star-studded Song Machine ‘season’ of monthly track ‘episodes’. Music Week catches up with Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett, Eleven Mgmt & Parlophone Records and finds them on a mission to change the way the music biz works…

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Damon Albarn left the studio with a spring in his step. He’d been down in Devon during lockdown – spending time at the “valley” he bought for a snip in the 90’s when the first cheque came through – “beavering away” in a converted barn on the new Gorillaz project.

“I don’t really work at night in the studio”, he says. “But one night, we’d been drinking. I came out of the studio and I slipped and banged my head on one of the…

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Tribute to Ralph Steadman

July 3, 2020


Welsh-born and UK-based artist Ralph Steadman has been creating art for over 60 years. Best known for his long-term collaboration with American writer Hunter S. Thompson, they created Gonzo journalism and the now-seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Steadman’s artwork has always been provocative and sometimes controversial. From his satirical political cartoons to his downright sweet and sincere children’s books, Steadman has had a remarkable and unique career and is revered by generations of fans. His distinct ink-splattered style that he developed in the1970s still resonates today and can be found in projects such as rapper Travis Scott’s album cover art, Flying Dog beer, wine labels, and Vans shoes. In 2013, a documentary titled For No Good Reason – featuring long-time fan Johnny Depp – chronicled Steadman’s inspiring work. Steadman was also featured in one of Anthony Bourdain’s last episodes of Parts Unknown, and provided the cover art for Bourdain’s last cookbook, Appetites. Now in his eighties, Steadman continues to create art every day in his studio in Kent, England.

Ralph Steadman by Mark Young