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only anarchists are pretty

While I was on holiday, I read an article in The Observer (I think) about Damien Hirst and Malcolm Mclaren.  Apparently, the artist, with his many many millions for suspending mutilated animals in formaldehyde, has started collecting original punk clothing items.  Specifically, ones sold through Mr McLaren’s and Dame Westwood’s SEX shop.  However, Mr Hirst is apparently upset that when he asked MM around to look at his collection, MM declared many to be fake!  MM was very upset about this, as was DH.  Which actually made me laugh quite a lot.

Consider this, what is the PUNK ethic?

“In its original nature, the punk culture has been primarily concerned with individual freedom, which tends to create beliefs in concepts such as individualism, anti-authoritarianism, anarchism and free thought. Punk ideologies have often included a critical view of the world; seeing modern day societies as placing extensive limits on humanity. Punk ideologies are usually expressed through punk rock music, punk zines, independently-published literature and spoken word recordings.” (Wikipedia)


“In the punk subculture, the DIY ethic is tied to punk ideology and anticonsumerism, as a rejection of the need to purchase items or use existing systems or processes.” (Wikipedia again – sorry!)

So, essentially, SEX was going against the punk ethic in the first place.

Then, in the article, McLaren is getting all upset about how someone has been creating fakes based on his and Vivienne Westwood’s designs.  HOW DARE THEY?  Isn’t McLaren the man who once said: ““Stealing things is a glorious occupation, particularly in the art world.”??????

Apparently Damien Hirst is not allowed to discuss the matter as he is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Simon Easton, the man who sold him the dodgy goods.

I’m very intrigued about this case, because it just shows what can happen when punks grow up.  A few years ago, Malcolm McLaren would laugh about someone being stung like this, but now he either sees it as a way of getting back at his ex-partner (he’s now accusing their son of creating the fakes) or he sees it as a way of ensuring his place amongst the art-world elite.

So, I guess McLaren himself has been Punked.

Further reading …

Punk Wars – The Independent

Flickr Photos


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