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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Stiv Plugged in

Stiv Plugged in, originally uploaded by Theresa K.

Stiv Bators was an important artist early on in the punk years.

The Dead Boys totally personified what a lot of the UK punk ethos was about - escaping the "no future" hometown, busting out and having your say your way. The Dead Boys also projected an outlaw, devil may care and total miscreant persona. Their album titles "Young, Loud and Snotty" and "We Have Come for Your Children" just about say it all without explanation. The poses they struck for the camera are cemented in a collective memory of punk rock, young as it is... those poses also personify the Sex Pistols coda, "and we don't care" so much more than any other images from early on.

This photo is from Stiv's solo years, and was taken during the recording for "Disconnected." Bomp has used it for years as Stiv's PR and promo picture.

Come to one of my exhibits and see it all blown up!

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