If you are a skateboarder, listen to punk, or just a human being who keeps their eyes open, you will have heard of Black Flag. If you have heard of Black Flag, you will probably have seen some of their infamous show flyers, which will most likely have been done by Raymond Pettibon. He has also done a lot of work for Sonic Youth, another band you should have heard of. Even if you haven’t seen a copy of his original artwork, it is highly likely that you’ve seen a rip-off of it somewhere.
Raymond Pettibon has arguably produced some of the most controversial music artwork ever. His work has a really dark, anarchic feel to them, and are basically guaranteed to make your parents worry. It is quite simple in the way that it is usually just black on white paper, not far off from the original sketches, but the meaning it packs is often commentary on various topics and has obviously been considered and thought about.
Vice have published a collection of nearly all of his Black Flag flyers. These are some of our favourites.