I was inspired early in my life by punk rock music. I had a distinct and sustained phase as a rebellious skater kid. I really wanted to be a stake punk but I required more organization and structure (that along with regular baths). Those punk rock kids need a good dose of self discipline. Combat boots are a good start but you must have achievable (preferably measurable) goals. I still listen to the Misfits, Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, and the Ramones. It really resonates in my minivan. Oh yeah, and someone is going to get hurt slam dancing.
I was recently reminded of many of my favorite punk bands when I received a link to Swissted. It initially drew my attention because of my love of Swiss cheese. I was still pleased to see the Swiss influence on punk rock. The juxtaposition is compelling. Much like me shopping for sweater vests in Hot Topic. The cleanliness of the International Typographic Style is really appealing to me. I know that’s very corporate of me. But when it comes to readability, you can’t beat it. This work displays the flexibility the Swiss style provides while still being beautifully, inspiring, and easy to read. Here are a couple others.
The website says:
Swissted is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereotype Design in New York City. Drawing from his love of punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements that have (almost) nothing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vintage punk, hardcore, and indie rock show flyers into international typographic style posters. Each design is set in Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk medium, all lowercase. Many of these posters are now available for sale in three different sizes at print-process. Every single one of these shows actually happened.
This Black Flag poster is my favorite. I of course have to say that in fear that Henry Rollins otherwise might knock on my front door and yell at me. Most of the posters use text as type but the Black Flag logo bars are present but subtle. I love those bars and thankful that tattoo never happened. I hear tattoos hurt anyway.
I never really considered They Might Be Giants a punk or hardcore band but since it was featured on Swissted, I had to share it here. They are an all time favorite of Paul and Me.
Perhaps I was always destined to be poser.