ARE YOU A PUNK?
A PUNK IS SOMEONE WHO GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN
WHO DREAMS BIG HAS THE COURAGE TO ACT ON IT
AND THE BALLS TO SEE IT THROUGH
WHO SAYS FUCK FUCK THIS
I"M DOING IT ANYWAY
MAKE IT HAPPEN
A PUNK IS SOMEONE IN THEIR OWN LANE
PLAYING THEIR OWN GAME
A PUNK IS THE BRAINS THE BOSS THE ATTIUDE
THE WON"T BE DEFEATED
THE REBEL WHO MAKES YOU FEEL IT
THE WON"T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER
THE CEO OF EVERYTHING FUCKING FABULOUS
A PUNK IS EMPOWERMENT A PUNK IS CONNECTED
AWAKE EYES WIDE OPEN READY FOR THE RIDE
SHAKE OFF YOUR SEATBELT
COME SIT DOWN NEXT TO ME
LET ME ASK YOU AGAIN
ARE YOU A PUNK?
ABOUT MY ART
I want my art to fucking punch you in the face
but at the same time make you smile playfully,
like we're in on the same joke,
even though we've never met.
I get it and I get you. To me that's art.
I want my art to hang on your wall, wake you up, lift you up.
I want it to resonate with your rebellious heart
just as it did mine when I created it.
Join my rebellion.
With a dash of humour and a twist of irony, this series, created at Punk Street Studios, Los Angeles in 2019, was inspired by some of my idols and heroes. Sometimes these icons come to me in pairings, they stand alone but I saw them originally as a team. You can agree or not but it’s part of my process. I like thinking of icons together even if they are from a different generation. How would they find each other? Mick Jagger and Kate Moss is a play on words and as a rock star who has had them all he hasn’t caught Miss Kate. I believe Tupac and Lennon were the same... outspoken rebels of their time. I like to think of them sharing a cuppa tea and discussing the world. As I translate my version of these visionaries I'll have their music blasting or their films blaring in the background as I work. I hear their voices, their lyrics, their rhythm... they are infusing the paint and are coded into every canvas.