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The Art Of Punk: The Art Of Black Flag [22 Minute YouTube Doc]

Jimmy Haas

by Jimmy Haas

Published June 13, 2013

Black Flag was one of punk rock's pioneers, and part of what made them so memorable and well-known was the artwork of their albums and flyers. The Art of Punk is a documentary series about the art of punk rock music. The first episode is about the art of Black Flag, and the artist behind it, Raymond Pettibon.

Pettibon is the man behind the iconic four black horizontal bars that would be the iconic logo of Black Flag. He also did all the artwork for the band's album covers as well as the flyers that were being posted all over Los Angeles. The art on the flyers was one of the reasons that people began to take notice of Black Flag, though the attention came from both fans as well as police.

The documentary interviews past Black Flag members Keith Morris, Charles Dukowski, and Henry Rollins, as well as Raymond Pettibon himself. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, an avid Black Flag fan, is also interviewed, though for some reason he does the entire thing in his bathroom on his toilet.

The documentary covers how the art helped Black Flag's movement, the responses to the art, as well as the breakdown of the relationships between the members, including Pettibon.

The Art of Punk's next episode will be about The Dead Kennedys, and will be released on June 18.

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