Romantic Rock closed out 2018 with their third annual Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show at Innerspace Gallery in Downtown, Los Angeles, over the weekend. The special event highlighted original pieces from Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio and Blink-182), Hunter Burgan (AFI), Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals), Matt Hensley (Flogging Molly), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Jennie Cotterill (Bad Cop / Bad Cop), Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Mike Gallo (Agnostic Front), professional skateboarders Steve Caballero of The Faction, Mike Smith, and Christian Hosoi, artists Natalia Fabia, Paul Kobriger, The Mad Twins: Olya & Vira Ishchuk, Chris Shary, photographer Madison Stern, and Soma Snakeoil.
The opening party on Saturday, Dec. 15 not only welcomed the artists to take part in the evening along with their families and friends, but it was also celebrated with DJ sets from Stacey Dee-J of Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Monique Powell of Save Ferris, and Noodles of The Offspring.
“It’s Punk Rock & Paintbrushes, so it’s not going to be too difficult to figure out what to play,” Noodles told AXS before his set. “I did it last year and it was a blast.” This year, The Offspring guitarist turned up again, excited to see his friends’ latest creations and curate some tunes to set the vibe.
Everything that Punk Rock & Paintbrushes embodies seems like a natural evolution for the culture. As punk music reimagined itself in the ‘90s, it took shape alongside other creative outlets such as skateboarding and street art. It essentially created an entire way of life for a generation. In a genre where the musicians have always put a spotlight on modern artwork (displaying it on their own CD covers) exhibits such as these play an integral role in the punk rock community today.
Some albums call to mind the artwork on the cover as easily as they do the songs. In November, The Offspring celebrated the 20-year-anniversary of Americana, which featured hits like “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy),” “The Kids Aren't Alright,” and “Why Don't You Get a Job?” For an entire generation, that album cover has become as ingrained in people’s consciousness just as much as the music has.
Fortunately, as things evolve, the punk music scene continues to thrive along with the culture. As newer bands emerge, you still have headliners like The Offspring, T.S.O.L., Pennywise, NOFX, and Rancid, playing to crowded festivals. Just this past week, MUSINK (which takes places in Southern California) and the inaugural Camp Anarchy (which will take place in Columbus, OH) released news of all-star lineups for both upcoming shows.
Seeing the punk rock scene expand only makes what Romantic Rock is doing even more exciting. To create an intimate atmosphere where music and creativity are respected and nurtured among peers is a dream come true for any artist.
10 percent of all sales during the Dec. 15 opening night reception was donated to The Sidewalk Project (click here for more information). The Sidewalk Project was founded by Stacy Dee, Soma Snakeoil, and Emily T. Nielsen. Funds donated, along with a special raffle from the Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show, assisted in the “Holiday Sidewalk Party” on Dec. 16. The non-profit organization aims to enrich the lives of the Los Angeles’ houseless community through mediums such as art, music, and film.