|Posters for The Art of Punk, Bryan Ray Turcotte's new documentary series for MOCAtv, include the well-known logos for major punk bands.|
The logo is simple. Four heavy black bars sitting side by side — one up, one down, one up, one down — creating a wave effect: a black flag flying in the wind of discontent.
Few logos are as universally recognized and revered as the one Raymond Pettibon designed for L.A. punk legends Black Flag — although The Dead Kennedys' "DK" symbol certainly would be a runner-up, along with Crass' circular design, each evoking the band's volatile energy and bold simplicity.
Filmmaker Bryan Ray Turcotte has the Crass logo tattooed on his upper arm, and at the screening for his latest project, he's not alone. As audience members file out of the packed theater at downtown's Museum of Contemporary Art, all three band logos are visibly immortalized: on skin, on T-shirts, on jackets, patches and buttons.
Which is fitting, since tonight's screening is for The Art of Punk, Turcotte's series spotlighting the logos and fliers used to promote the three bands. Turcotte made the three 20-minute documentary films for the Museum of Contemporary Art's new MOCAtv channel on YouTube; all three screen at MOCA tonight, and they're being rolled out online this month, beginning with the one about Black Flag on June 11. The Dead Kennedys' doc will be posted June 18 and the one about Crass on June 25, all at YouTube.com/mocatv.More »