<![CDATA[Blank Title - Blog]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:28:43 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[John Holmstrom Artwork and Merchandise For Sale]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:49:14 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/john-holmstrom-artwork-and-merchandise-for-saleA few people have emailed me, asking how they can buy this or that, so here’s a list of everything that  is currently available: 

There are two versions available:
Signed Queens Museum program ($150):

Limited edition art print ($90):


This print, which I retouched and turned into a high-quality, hi-res reproduction from the original artwork, was produced for the 40th Anniversary of PUNK Magazine at the Howl Happening: An Arturo Vega Project art gallery:

Howl Happening is on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. There also sell a very cool catlalog of the show available, as well as copies of the PUNK #1 facsimile reprint available. 

Trash & Vaudeville sell the original PUNK Magazine logo t-shirt as well as the PUNK Emblem t-shirt, available in both men’s and women’s sizes. 
​They also have the John Holmstrom/MISFISH t-shirt! (Made famous by Dee Snider! (above left))
AND the “Be A Punk” t-shirt advertisement from PUNK #1!


I recently did an illustration for the Metropolis vintage clothing store on Third Avenue and East 10th Street. They’re selling t-shirts abd baseball caps! 

I am selling a few back issues of PUNK magazine and other stuff on eBay:

If you can’t get through to someone or have any questions feel free to email me: 
<![CDATA["D. O. A.: A Rite of Passage" will soon be available on DVD!]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:00:33 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/d-o-a-a-rite-of-passage-will-soon-be-available-on-dvd
The first film I ever worked on: "D. O. A.: A Rite of Passage," is being released on Blu-Ray and DVD in a few weeks! This is the film that Tom Forcade (High Times founder and all-around First Amendment advocate as  an Underground/Alternative Press Syndicate founder) infamously screened for Robert (Godfather) Evans (his famous last words to Forcade were (allegedly): "Who the fuck cares about a concert film about a band that broke up six months ago?". Yeah, right. But 40 years later, we all still care. The back story for this movie is absolutlely insane, the craziest time in rock 'n' roll history and has (thankfully) been documented by Richard Schenkman in a two-hour video that accompanies the DVD package (along with some other cool stuff, including a drawing I did for the film opening at the Waverly Theater (now the IFC Center, cited as "The Best Art House Theater" in NYC:  ​http://gothamist.com/2014/10/02/best_movie_theaters_nyc.php

By the way, some of the images I am posting are from the "D.O.A. Filmbook," a special edition of PUNK Magazine that was produced for the "D. O. A." premiere (which was an absolute fiasco, of course). 
I became a huge Sex Pistols fan during their 1978 US tour. they were definitely one of the most amazing live bands I ever saw (even/especially with Sid Vicious, who could barely play bass guitar but was an amazing rock star). 
<![CDATA[Dee Snider in my MisFish tee-shirt]]>Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:27:15 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/dee-snider-in-my-misfish-tee-shirt
I am very honored that Dee Snider of Twisted Sister bought and wore a t-shirt with my artwork on it (via www.trashandvaudeville.com/PT162MP-WHTFSH.htmlTrash & Vaudeville), and chose to wear it in a photo. I can't say I have been a long-time fan of Twisted Sister, but Dee's appearance to defend free speech when Tipper Gore was attempting to curb free expression back in the 1980s always impressed me. Dee Snider deserves respect from all rock 'n' rollers. (BTW, the other guy in this photo was in WASP.) 
<![CDATA[Unlimited Editions!]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:32:22 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/unlimited-editionsQuestion: What do I have in common with Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, actress Tawny Kitaen and pro football player Vonn Bell of the New Orleans Saints? 
Answer: We are all selling autographed merch at a new Website: RackFest! 
That’s right, I signed a deal with a company that’s offering signed, “unlimited editions” of my artwork! The prices are reasonable (anyway I think so), and they’re offering high-quality editions of some of the illustrations I produced for my clothing deal in Japan, as well as the “Best of PUNK Magazine: book, the ueens museum/Ramones’ map and recent editions of PUNK magazine. 

Check it out: 
Several images I created for my Japanese clothing deal are for sale. I'll explain how I came up with these in my nex blog posts. 
<![CDATA[METROPOLIS VINTAGE CLOTHING: 43 Third Avenue]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:08:32 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/metropolis-vintage-clothing-43-third-avenuePicture
A neighborhood clothing store that specializes in vintage rock ’n’ roll clothing (no, not Varvatos, this place is more authentic), hired me to do a drawing for an anniversary celebration last year. They liked it so much that they now are using it all over the place! It’s the new store sign, it’s on their shopping bags, the Website, etc. etc. I think the drawing and lettering came out great and I get stoked whenever I walk past it.

Metropolis is located at 43 Third Avenue, just below East 10th Street. Two Ramones used to live across the block back in the day (Joey on East 9th Street, Johnny on East 10th Street), The Continental is just a block south, I live one block away… Yeah, it’s a great location.

I met the store owner (Richard Colligan) a few years ago, when he bought a vintage Ramones t-shirt from me off of eBay. His store is a passion project: He started selling pieces at flea markets in the mid-eighties and set up shop in the early nineties. Although most of that block has empty storefronts now, he's actually doing great business!

Stop by the store and buy something/anything: You’ll get a very useful shopping bag with my artwork on it!

Or check out their Website:

<![CDATA[October 07th, 2017]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 23:51:09 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/october-07th-2017
Above: Sid Vicious stopped by the PUNK magazine booth!
I have been attending a few ComiCons over the last several years a a Special Guest (East Coast ComiCon, Asbury Park ComiCon, TCBF in Italy (see story and pics below)). I always get first-class treatment and oddly enjoy the whole experience: meeting friends, celebrities and fans, watching the CosPlayers in their superhero costumes and  being immersed in comic book culture. I grew up on Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and Thor as well as Creepy, Eerie and Famous Monsters and then Flakey Foont, Wonder Wart-Hog and Cheech Wizard and have tried to keep up with the comix scene over the years.

Getting invited to San Diego means making it to The Big Time. I’ve heard about this event for many, many years: It’s the peak of the Comic Book industry, home of the prestigious Eisner Awards, and a monster mash-up of corporate culture, alternative comics, and fringe maniacs (like me). I heard that 160,000 people attended, and it felt like twice that: huge crowds were everywhere, at times it was so packed that you couldn’t move. My “seller’s table” was unusually well-attended: I sold out of almost all the merch I brought. I was a guest on two panel discussions: One loosely based on “documentary comic books” (I think my comic strip interviews was why I was included), and a Spotlight panel, hosted by my best friend from the School of Visual Arts, Batton Lash. Both had the largest attendance I ever enjoyed at a ComiCon.\

The highlight of the convention is always the Eisner Awards (http://www.eisnerawards.org). I was seated at a place of honor: Table #1, with Will Eisner’s family, and Eisner publisher/archivist Denis Kitchen. The best part was seeing the Hernandez Brothers (Jaime and Gilbert, of Love and Rockets fame) get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Oddly enough, the only other time I attended a San Diego ComiCon, 20 years ago, I met those guys at a bar and partied with them! They were happy to meet me since we were both influenced by the Ramones. The Eisner Awards are put together by Jackie Estrada, Batton Lash’s wife, who is a V.I.P. in the ComiCon world. She invented and innovated Artist's Alley, where I was seated (and which manages to give those of us who are cartoonists and comic book artists but aren’t corporate types some attention).

I had an amazing time. Janet Goggins, who runs the “Invited Guests” department and her entire staff were so helpful—which came in handy for a newbie like me. The San Diego ComiCon is a huge event. It takes over the entire city (unlike the New York ComiCon, which attracts around the same number of people but they get swallowed up here).

I’d also like to give a special shout-out to Johnathan Diaz, my “personal assistant” who helped us out, and Dave Stern, an old friend who saved the day by providing invaluable throughout the event. Thanks everyone!

John Holmstrom with Batton A. Lash. 
Above: Hunter Thomson (aka Johnathan Diaz) at the John Holmstrom/PUNK Magazine booth.
<![CDATA[Computer problems]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 22:49:26 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/computer-problemsI finally sorted out a myriad of computer problems (still have a bunch to fix), but at least I can update this here blog now.
<![CDATA[The John Holmstrom/Punk Rock 40 Drawings Exhibition]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:10:18 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/the-john-holmstrompunk-rock-40-drawings-exhibition
The peak crowd of the exhibition of my work at Porta Santi Quaranta, Treviso. 
The entrance to the exhibition space, guarded by an ancient cannon and the Winged Lion. 
The exhibition of my original artwork, which also featured an amazing selection of 40 punk-related images by cartoonists from all over the world, took place in Porta Santi Quaranta, built in 1516. It’s one of the three gates of the ancient walls of Treviso, and was reportedly used to store ammunition. There is even an ancient cannon that is still stationed outside the building! Since the area of Treviso is considered to be one of the most important birthplaces of punk rock in Italy, I drew some Ramones’ pinheads on cannonballs with “Cannonballs From Treviso” instead of “Rocket to Russia.” 
At the peak of the crowd, which numbered in the hundreds, both inside and outside, the organizers of the exhibition gave a short talk (left to right): Mery (who put together the entire exhibition), Andrea (lots of his great photos appear in my blog posts about the event), John (That is me: the big, fat, bald guy in the WOW! WOW! WOW! t-shirt), Roger (who bears a very strong resemblance to Roger Daltry of The Who), and... I am sorry, I forgot his name, but he was the official representative from TCBF. I will update this page with his name soon. 
Here is a better photo of Mery from the exhibition. She did an amazing job, framing almost 100 drawings in only a day or two in time for the opening! She was The Best to work with. During the show, we all said: "There's Something About Mery." 
A (very) last-minute addition to the exhibition was this life-size drawing of Joey Ramone by Davied Toffolo:
Davide attended the exhibition with his very beautiful girlfriend! (I am so sorry, no photos available). We had a lot of fun outside the exhibition after the show. The street was packed! So many people were partying outside of the John Holmstrom/40 drawings exhibition that one of the corner bars ran out of beer! (You are welcome, and owe me some next time I visit!) ​Davide is a cartoonist/illustrator/musician: He's also the frontman and guitarist for the italian punk band called "Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti" (Three Happy Dead Boys): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre_Allegri_Ragazzi_Morti 
This was probably my favorite image from the "40 Drawings) exhibitions: Lucia Fioretti's interpretation of Debbie Harry. This drawing is based on a photo shoot by Chris Stein that we published in PUNK #4, and I have to admit that I think that those photos of Debbie helped put Blondie over the top. They contributed to almost every single issue of PUNK Magazine back in the day, and because they were so commercially successful I think that most people overlook how radical and ground-breaking Blondie were as artists. A pop band that is also avant-garde? People just can't even conceive of something like this today. 
Get into it: This drawing of the Velvet Underground is AMAZING! 
Above: My good friends David Godlis (godlis.com) and Roberta Bayley (robertabayley.com), interpreted by Francesca Protopapa (http://francescaprotopapa.com/ILLUSTRATION). Thank you, Francesca, for adding them to the show! 
I can't find his info on the Internet, but King Simon's illustration of Tommy Ramone says a lot. He really is the most under-appreciated member of the original band, and I have always believed that without his intellect and smarts, the Ramones would never have happened. Here's to you, Tommy Ramone! 
Everyone loves Siouxsie Sioux, right? Except that if she appeared in today's culture, she would probably be accused of "cultural appropriation" because of her use of "Sioux." I am so glad I am not growing up today, that would be too absurd. She was an important female force in early punk rock (along with Patti Smith, Tina Weymouth, Ivy of The Cramps and hundreds more). Anyhow, I love this drawing!!! 
Yes, some of the limited-edition, silkscreened art prints are still available: print@punkmagazine
So are the t-shirts: t-shirt@punkmagazine.com

<![CDATA[Wednesday, 9/21: More of my Publicity Tour]]>Sun, 13 Nov 2016 04:57:11 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/wednesday-921-more-of-my-publicity-tourAwesome day. It started with a panel discussion at a high school devoted to art and architecture where Ruggero played several rock ’n’ roll videos, and I tried to give an inspirational talk. It is sometimes difficult for old-timers like me to understand how our music is becoming forgotten and just part of the past when it was such an important part of 20th century history, but it’s 2016 now so, you know… 
No images from the event, but I will post if/when I receive any. 
The weirdest moment was when they announced to the high school class that AC/DC had just officially broken up! Immediately after, we ate at a great restaurant where Roger recently appears in his AC/DC tribute band. I saw AC/DC when they opened for the Dictators at the Academy of Music many years ago, and again when they played CBGB in a surprise gig in 1977. I had a great time talking with Bon Scott at the bar that night, but I think he was too drunk to remember when Roberta Bayley and I did a very short interview with them at the CBS Records office a couple of days later (PUNK #14 and "The Best of PUNK Magazine" book). They were a great rock 'n'roll band. 
After we had lunch at a club where Roger performs with how AC/DC band, we suddenly noticed that day's local newspaper: WOW! I was on the front page of the local Arts page! What an experience to have with the official TCBF event happening the very next day. I have to hand it to Andrea and Roger, who think of themselves as "The Italian Ramones": They really make things happen. Thanks again. 
The highlight of my tour was a visit to Fabrica, which is a temple to culture, an academic institution, and an archive for important art, film, video, etc. It’s architecture is like a “Temple of Wisdom.” 
I did a live interview in front of 100+ people (in English), with Mario Bonardi (Rolling Stone magazine) and Roger Brunello, aka Roger Ramone. The event was sold-out, all full of people really interested in our discussion. You could feel the energy in the audience: Everyone was interested in our conversation. No one got bored and left early. According to Roger, many of the rock ’n’ roll people are part of the “Mod” culture (which is apparently very popular in northern Italy), and not necessarily punk rock. Since the Mod culture pre-dates punk rock but was a huge influence (especially The WHo), it all makes sense. The Q&A after the initial discussion went great. As you can hopefully see for yourself: 
Prints and t-shirts from the event are still available. Please send an email if you are interested. 
The limited edition, silk-screened art print of the Queens Museum map, which is suitable for framing: 
The limited edition t-shirts are almost sold out! They re available in many sizes and colors, so email us to see if you can get what you want. (Sometimes you can get what you need, right?): t-shirt@punkmagazine.com

If you experience any problems, please email me at : jholmstrom@punkmagazine.com
<![CDATA[Tuesday September 20: Venice!]]>Sun, 13 Nov 2016 04:32:17 GMThttp://johnholmstrom.com/blog/tuesday-september-20-veniceRuggero and Andrea drove me to Venice, one of the most famous cities in the world. I am very grateful for this, since everyone wants to visit Venice. Yes, it’s beautiful and a very special place (for instance, there was an amazing exhibition of Leonardo DaVinci’s “machines” at a local church), but I felt like I was visiting the West Village in NYC. It seems like super-expensive tourist traps have taken over most of it, and I was told that the “Chinese Mafia” has been buying a lot of local businesses. It was like being in Amsterdam, a city I love because it reminds me of New York City, but in when I was in Treviso? I felt like I was visiting Italy. 
My trip to Venice was remarkable for two reasons: I met two of the most amazing people in all of Italy. Alex Ruffini: a famous Italian rock photog: 
I don't know why so many of my good friends are rock photographers (Roberta Bayley, David Godlis, Bob Gruen, Joe Stevens, etc.), maybe it's because I am a frustrated rock photog myself. That was my dream job when I was younger, but since I was not a great photog I fell into drawing and cartooning about rock 'n' roll instead. I have always enjoyed the visual spectacles of great rock 'n' roll music, and Alex is a master of capturing great moments. 
The other amazing person I met was Mario Panciera, an astonishing punk collector/fan/writer/musician/good guy. He has the largest archive of 1970s punk rock posters, flyers, records, CDs, magazines/fanzines, and artifacts in the world. I am not kidding. Unfortunately, photos of our visit were discouraged.
People who have seen his collection call it: “The Punk Rock Museum,” and it is. Everything is framed and archived to the hilt. Mario is planning to make his collection accessible to the public someday, so I will keep you posted if/when it happens. I just have to say being allowed to visit his vast, perfect and complete archive of all things punk rock is something I am still trying to process, and was the most amazing time I spent in Italy. This might be the most amazing collection of artifacts by anyone of anything of all time.  (I am not exaggerating!) For instance, he wrote the definitive book on the subject: 
We got along like brothers from another mother. We both started out as Alice Ciooper fans in the early 1970s, love everything punk rock from 1975-1979, and lost interest in punk rock after that. Mario discovered Love’s “Forever Changes” LP and this became his favorite music after punk rock (I am also a fan of this LP, and saw Arthur Lee perform the entire record at the Cat Club in the 1990s). me? I still like punk rock and rock 'n' roll and everything, but dislike mainstream culture from recent years. 

The t-shirts are still available, in several sizes and colors:
If you have any problems ordering? Email me directly: