Here’s a great new clip from MOCAtv featuring Raymond Pettibon being interviewed by Alia Shawkat at his Venice Beach studio. The artist creates graphic and gritty works on paper, often with a political bent. He also has deep connections to the punk rock movement, particularly Black Flag; and it was Pettibon who created the band’s iconic logo. (He’s also the guy behind Sonic Youth’s infamous album cover for Goo – below).
Pettibon’s an eccentric character. Whilst serving 3 years in Pelican Bay penitentiary for copyright violation, the artist inadvertently received a questionable back tattoo from his cellmate: he was expecting a portrait of his girlfriend, but ended up with an enormous swastika instead (you can read more about that in this Vice interview).
Pettibon’s got a contentious twitter account too. Since he materialised online midway through last year he’s been generating absurd content like; “Gucci’s on iyt,I mean,the btchs like to lick his face to the bone,like the mane’s an ice cream cone”. The man loves to tweet, so if these sorts of statements are to your liking, you can follow him here.