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DIY Dadaism…When 80’s Punk Posters and Flyers Ruled!

Usually, when we would leave a show in the ’80s, there would always be people standing outside handing you flyers to the next show, something that’s lasted through the decades. One way to make sure people did not throw them away was by having killer art on them. Not only did many illustrators from the scene get their start from drawing handbills, other creative beings also got their message across using the xerox machine. Artists used these pieces of paper as a way to announce the next show and as a way to express their political beliefs. I’m not sure if many of the people creating xerox flyers realized they were manifesting their own DIY version of Dada art. When I contrast and compare these two forms of artistic expression, I can see the connection. I can also see the same creative spirit flowing through young heads that are making flyers in 2015. Punk does not die, it just gets weirder!!! These flyers take me down memory lane because I was actually at some of these gigs…Check out all of these rad punk handbills from the ’80s.

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  1. Bruce Payne

    December 8, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I saw Sonic Youth show at the Outhouse and remember that flyer.

  2. Sebastian Andrés

    September 3, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I load the page to find a banner advertising Aerosmith

  3. Kristopher Kitts

    September 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    If you don’t know what I speak of, there is nothing to see here.

  4. Kristopher Kitts

    September 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    If anyone has one of these, I’d be very grateful if I could get a copy.

  5. Kristopher Kitts

    September 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I created, single handedly, the granddaddy of them all…. freedom isn’t free unless you take it.

  6. Gary Edgar

    September 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I have my kitchen walls pasted with VoiVod/CroMags/MDC etc flyers . It looks like the worlds smallest shitty club !

  7. Danny Bell

    September 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Erin Marie Miller This is fun too!

  8. Joshua Cox

    September 3, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I’m sure most realized it was Dadaism and others were just imitators. Then, some took it beyond imitation and were just having fun. It’s like vandalism for the sake of promoting your passion. Many of these works should be in museums, but most great zines and show posters are long forgotten relics.

    • Joshua Cox

      September 3, 2015 at 8:16 am

      It’s like the napkin drawings by Jean Michel Basquiat. How many were just thrown away by people who found his doodles annoying?

  9. Isaac Stone

    September 3, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Christopher Bickel seems like something you would dig

  10. Kristof Dean

    September 3, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I still make em, fir metal shows…

  11. Nevo Sheffi

    September 3, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Dean Levron

  12. Manu Martinez Canovas

    September 3, 2015 at 3:59 am


  13. Anneke Chips

    September 3, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Chad Loewen We know!

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