Posts Tagged ‘punk


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


zen and the art of breaking everything in this room …

… is kind of how i feel in a strange way.  i’m sitting in my classroom, ruminating about how i’m actually going to tidy all this shit up.  and it acts as a metaphor for my life.  how am i actually going to tidy all my shit up?  part of me just wants to break it all apart and start again from scratch but i’m such a horder that i hold onto things that offer me nothing in return.

however … another quote from the viggie:

” It’s good to vent, but not healthy to dwell in self-absorbedness and schloffing.”

which is what i has been doin’ (yes, i meant to screw up my grammar there!).

quote from my dad:

“pull yourself together”

quote from my mum:

“well i suffered from depression and i didn’t have to take pills for it”

quote from my sister:

“what’s wrong with you now?”

hmmm, don’t even start me on what others have said.

Looking forward to two deliveries of World/Inferno goodliness – firstly – this t-shirt:

I'm not suggesting that I'm an anarchist or pretty!


which i LOVE.  i wanted to get some of their shirts when i saw them in brighton and london, in fact, lucky even said they’d sort me out with some merchandise (as i’d done a photo shoot etc.) … however, i’m not one to hassle for stuff and also, they don’t have a lot of $ so i wanted to get my own.  i didn’t have much money when i saw them live, so i’ve had to wait to buy my tee.  can’t wait until it arrives 🙂 



secondly … posters advertising their new tour … cos … they’re using a photo of mine 🙂  i was never very happy with the photoshoot as it was a bit last minute and i’d walked them miles and sandra’s heel broke.  it was all a bit fraught, also the whole band wasn’t there.  however, a photo is being used, and that makes me smile 🙂

Good things that happened yesterday:

– slept well

– ate cherry pie and vege roast dinner

small things make me happy!

Flickr Photos


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