World renowned and up-and-coming talents from the music, art and action sports communities have united for the one-of-a-kind collaboration “Punk Rock & Paintbrushes: The Insides of Artists written by Outsiders,” an exclusive coffee table art book, co-created by Emily T. Nielsen (Punk Rock & Paintbrushes) and Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals).
The book will be released on March 15, 2021 and is available for pre-order now at www.PunkRockArt.com.
“The Insides of Artists written by Outsiders” will be released by Punk Rock & Paintbrushes, the unique arts management company and art show producer that bridges the gap between art and music. It features 25 chapters, each showcasing artwork and personal stories from participating artists, which include co-creator Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals), as well as:
- Brent Broza (visual artist)
- Brian Bent (visual artist)
- Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies)
- Chali 2na (Jurassic 5)
- Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
- Chris Shary & Lori Herbst (visual artists)
- Christian Hosoi (professional skateboarder)
- Dan Smith (Sharpshock)
- Danielle Donohue (visual artist)
- Jason Adams (professional skateboarder)
- Jason Cruz (Strung Out)
- Jennie Cotterill (Bad Cop / Bad Cop)
- Jim Lindberg (Pennywise)
- Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds)
- Mad Twins (visual artists)
- Mark DeSalvo (visual artist)
- Matt Hensley (Flogging Molly, professional skateboarder)
- Mike Gallo (Agnostic Front)
- Natalia Fabia (visual artist)
- Paul Kobriger (visual artist)
- Sarah Melvin (visual artist) & Eric Melvin (NOFX)
- Shawn Foley (visual artist)
- Soma Snakeoil (visual artist)
- Steve Caballero (professional skateboarder)
- Tokyo Hiro (visual artist)
The book’s cover art was created by multi-talented fine artist, illustrator, and world-renowned graffiti artist RISK (aka Kelly Graval). RISK has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for three decades. He pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, studied at the USC School of Fine Arts, created a Third Rail series and clothing line, and has been featured in gallery and museum shows around the world.
Here are some thoughts from the book’s co-producers and other participating artists:
Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals): “This is not an iBOOK. This is not an eBOOK. This is a 100% caffeinated coffee table book with a spine and leaves. Punk Rock is not only literate. It is ‘artsy’. What happens if you gather 28 overachieving, multi-talented punk advocating sympathizing musicians, pro skaters, activists, as well as self-identifying outsiders, weirdos, contrarians, self-starters and autodidactics to make one semi-autobiographical personal philosophical book of their art, their process, struggles, insights and accumulated wisdom? You would have THIS very book. Punk Rock & Paintbrushes: The Insides of Artists written By Outsiders.”
Emily T. Nielsen: “The Insides of Artists written by Outsiders is a true time capsule of punk rock geniuses who have a passion to inspire and provide motivation to artists, musicians and those who touch their lives. This very book is evidence that artists today can not only be successful but positively affect our world for years through art, music and their drive in truly creating the life they wish and following their creative dreams. Dive deep into their intimate lives and find out why I, as the co-creator of this book, am so grateful to have this community inspire me each and every day and to provide a purpose for why Punk Rock & Paintbrushes is my family.”
Soma Snakeoil: “Some people had Dada as a radical art revolution. We have punk. I see the Punk Rock & Paintbrushes collective as having a shared outsider voice that removes barriers between artists and viewers. It is up to each of us to untangle the absurdity and poignancy of the tone, as we share our stories together.”
Jason Cruz: “The older I get, the harder it is to rationalize the madness of the world around me. Because of art I can give up on that whole nonsense and create my own dialog with the universe.“
Steve Caballero: “It just takes perseverance and dedication to develop the skills of our imagination. Art and music have always been a challenge, something worth striving for that lets me express myself in more ways than one. Whether it’s visual or through sound, these platforms and creative outlets give me the ability to connect with others who share my same passion and love for freedom of expression”.
“Punk Rock & Paintbrushes: The Insides of Artists written by Outsiders” is self-published by Emily T. Nielsen’s company Romantic Rock. The book layout was designed by Belle McClain.
Nielsen created Punk Rock & Paintbrushes as a platform for artists to showcase their creativity and wildness, their lifestyle, their talents and successes at gallery exhibits and music festivals. As an extension of these exhibitions, “The Insides of Artists written by Outsiders” represents these sentiments and reminds us that “Punk Rock is not just about music and paintbrushes are not just tethered to the idea of art, but instead the two together are the perfect combination of life in a radical way,” says Nielsen.
The roots of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes reach back to 2007 when Nielsen asked friend Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) to paint a piece of art with the lyrics to the Rise Against song “Survive” for her after overcoming a battle with cancer. The painting has traveled around the world with Emily and is an everyday reminder that “How we survive is what makes us who we are.”