Next to the music, nothing more immediately conveys the fuck-all spirit of punk rock than show poster art. It's cut-up, it's pasted, it's haphazard, it's urgent and rebellious. And, more recently--as a response to the very anti-punk proliferation of graphic designers whose sole purpose is to sell product--it's beautiful, or painstaking, or challenging. Poster art is a visual artifact of a time and place, saying these shows happened and we were there.
What follows is a mini-gallery, with a sampling of this month's PNCA exhibit curated by Jacob McMurray, Paper Scissors Rock: 25 Years of Northwest Punk Poster Design.