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May 4

Bane and Ceremony Show Review + Punk Vest for Sale

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Reviews, Uncategorized

I went to a hardcore show this weekend. I saw Bane, Ceremony, and Alpha and Omega. Bane was -amazing-. I was disappointed with Ceremony, I just wasn’t feeling it, I thought they would be more intense. But Bane had amazing energy. Alpha and Omega were good too.

At the show, I had some vegan donuts. I met some other vegan edge kids so it was pretty sweet. They were nice. I thought I was infinitely awkward as I discussed punk fashion: how hardcore kids don’t dress up and punks do. I always dress up for shows. I dress up for day-to-day life. Sometimes, I think it’s funny when I am sitting here at the computer wearing a patched vest and my studded wristbands with nowhere to go!

I got an interesting comment at the show. I was told I wasn’t like other vegan edge folks. I don’t really know what a sterotype vegan edge punk is like since I’ve been pretty isolated from that scene until recently. I think I am a standard issue anarcho-punk but maybe not. The speaker of the comment didn’t really elaborate much on what he meant but he said it was a good thing to be different. Right on.

I’ve been working on trying to get my little business going. I am also going to put in some more resumes. Maybe places will be hiring soon for summer. I also put up a punk vest for auction: here. Hoping someone will buy it. It’s worth about $500 and I am asking $250 – plus free shipping/handling and part of the profit is going to go towards Amnesty International. Fight the good fight and get something stylish for yourself. Win win.

I have a ton of reading to do. I know I made a post about it awhile ago and I haven’t been making much progress. Right now, I am in the middle of “The Primal Screamer” by Nick Blinko. It’s pretty good so far. Then I was going to tackle a copy of “The Haunted Head” also by Nick Blinko.

I think I might dedicate the next month to reading and then focus on doing art? Or maybe mix it up. It’s pretty awesome that people have been buying my designs especially in this hard economy.

Oh, anyone want a semi-custom punk vest? I have an extra brand new black denim vest – size xl – which is 46 inches at the waist/shoulders. It’s a little too big for me and I can’t return it because the vest was a jacket. So, I have a collection of patches that I was going to sew some onto it and see if maybe I could sell it. I love making punk clothing but my biggest problem is that I only have one torso. I think I’ll post pictures of all my vests in the near future. It’s kind of fun seeing the evolution.

Apr 24

Punk Rock 101: Nick Blinko: Author and Musician

Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2010 in Punk Rock 101

I am a huge Nick Blinko fan. I feel a bond with him because he has schizoaffective disorder like me. I was browsing the internet today and found a copy of his book The Primal Screamer – which is a rare, out of print book, online. The link is: I also finally picked up a copy of his new book The Haunted Head from It’s limited to 350 copies for the hardback book that contains a note card with a written excerpt by Blinko. The micro edition which is limited to 60 copies (25 which have been reserved by collectors and museums) comes with a note card with an original pen and ink drawing by Blinko. I’ll write a review of the book once I read it without giving anything away. So far, from what little I have read about it since there is little written, I heard it’s hard to read. It’s only 200 pages long with 99 chapters. I’m pretty excited and looking forward to reading it.

Nick’s band is Rudimentary Peni, for those of you who don’t know. They are an anarcho-punk band. They stopped performing live gigs years ago due to health reasons but they still make music. I recommend checking out “Death Church” which is a work of punk art.

The lyrics to the first song on the cd is called “1/4 Dead” and goes like this:

Three quarters of the World are starving
Three quarters of the world are starving
The rest are Dead
The rest are Dead

Overdosed on Insensitivity,
All Varnished to Crosses

Three quarters of the world are starving
Three quarters of the world are starving
The rest are Dead
The rest are Dead.

The song was written 26 years ago and is still relevant today. Not much has change, has it?