Raymond Pettibon, Whuytuyp


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).

Black Flag band logo designed by Raymond Pettibon
Black Flag band logo designed by Raymond Pettibon

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-designed album cover for Sonic Youh
Pettibon-designed album cover for Sonic Youh

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.

Raymond Pettibon, Whuytuyp

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