Sex Crime Tour 2013
22 x 33
Edition of 100
2 colors on archival cream paper
Signed and Numbered
Sold Out – Thank You!
I made this classic punk rock design for my friends in the band Sex Crime who will be touring Europe this October and November. Funny story, last August, I was delivering the large scale silkscreens from my Italian church installation to my friend’s restaurant Blue Valentine in Paris. When I arrived, we celebrated my arrival by going to a tiki bar for drinks. I was in Paris for one night only. One night, and I ran into my old gang!
Cecilia, who was in the classic punk band Les Terribles, appeared at the bar right next to me to order a drink. A few years ago Cecilia, a French girl, married Ryan from The Epoxies, and moved to Portland. So when I saw Cecilia out of the blue, I said, “Hey, what are you doing in Paris?” She laughed, returned, “What are you doing here?” (It was my friend Ywan’s birthday and everyone was downstairs in the VIP room. Ywan owns Born Bad, the coolest record store in Paris, where I had one of my first big shows in Paris about 8 years ago, and there he was with a bunch of our friends!)
When I was up in Portland for my retrospective, I looked up Cecilia and Ryan, and we hung out all week. It was very nice getting back in touch! Well, Ryan and Cecilia asked me to make a tour poster for their great new band, Sex Crime.
When I was back in Paris at the end of August I asked my friends Alex, Silvio and Pierre of Editions Penibles to print the tour edition of Sex Crime. That saved Ryan and Cecilia a bundle in duties. You may remember Alex from Editions Penibles who helped me print my PRIMUS poster from a couple years back. Same crew. Alex from Editions Penibles was my apprentice in Italy when I made the print studio there for a year in 2007, so we go way back. Editions Penibles are mad good printers, and they are very tight with all the best graffiti writers in Paris, so have a look at some of their posters HERE and “like” their Facebook page HERE.
There will be a Tour Edition of the Sex Crime poster – not signed – and an Artist Edition of the Sex Crime poster – signed and numbered – which I am offering here.
Last August Alex took me into the UN-official catacombs of Paris. I am not talking about the tourist catacombs. We entered this endless network by hopping a fence and scrambling through a hole in the broken masonry in an old abandoned metro tunnel. We went exploring, wandered through miles of secret passages up to our knees in fresh ground water (you are about 100 feet below the sewer system). We found all sorts of cool graf, and found inscriptions from before and during the French Revolution (You can tell the Revolutionary ones, for instance the one in the photo below says, “7R,” meaning the Seventh Year of the French Revolution). Alex took me below the Montparnasse Cemetery where we discovered heaps of 400 year old bones. It was the definition of spooky! What an adventure! Here’s some photos of my catacomb experience: