Artist Raymond Pettibon's iconic illustrations for bands like Black Flag have rendered his style immortal. Now we can wear his handiwork, too. By Loryn Hatch
The four-bar logo he designed in the late '70s for punk pioneers Black Flag as well as an oevre of comic style drawings vibrating with the energy of Western culture's violent political past made an art star out of Raymond Pettibon. And after 29 years, the illustrator still stands as a cult figure and distinguished artist with a following that spans the world's top curators to the most stalwart anti-authoritarian teenagers.
The power of Pettibon's work has led to a collaboration between the Santa Monica Museum of Art's store, GRACIE, and Joseph Grana and Greg Armas, owners of the Los Angeles boutique, Scout. Using a sketch from Pettibon's 2004 show at the Santa Monica Museum, Scout has screenprinted a limited number of recycled cashmere sweaters with the striking portrait of a man's face obscured by a swath of hair and the words "The Santa Monica Museum of Art," written in Pettibon's Gothic script.
Available in white, heather gray, and black, the unisex sweaters come generously oversized and can even be worn as a mini dress. Sold for $89 and sold exclusively at GRACIE, each sweater packs as much character and individuality as the punk scene's unofficial artist himself.
Artist Raymond Pettibon's iconic illustrations for bands like Black Flag have rendered his style immortal. Now we can wear his handiwork, too.