“Rebel, Rebel,” is a collection of digital drawings that depicts the transformations of four prominent singers in the Hardcore Punk movement of the early-to-mid 1980s. What I wanted to show in my collection was how the hardcore punk artists progressed in different directions, rebelling against the former images of their youth and maturing into completely unique icons of the genre. It was important for me to choose big names in hardcore, but also to make sure they were different enough from each other that it would prove the point that ‘hardcore’ is an umbrella term that contains multitudes. I chose Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, HR, and Randy ‘Biscuit’ Turner because they were all quite distinct from each other, and they were each hugely influential in the genre in their own rights.

In the design of the actual drawings, I used my Microsoft Surface Book and Sketchbook Pro to digitally create the images. For the background of the younger pictures, I used images of CBGB or concert performances, and for the background of the older photos I used logos from the different bands that the four men were known for. One thing I wanted to do was play with halftones (the comic-y, pop-arty style dots). For the younger photos the halftones were on the singers—their skin, their clothes—but for the older photos I wanted the halftones to be in the background, to signify that they broke out of their old images and became something completely different. I also wanted to use specific color palettes for each person: red, black and white for Rollins, yellow, orange, and red for MacKaye, red, yellow, and green for HR, and pink, yellow, and purple for Turner.

For the first three pictures I drew (both of Henry Rollins and the younger MacKaye), I just looked at pictures for reference. After getting frustrated with how the pictures were turning out, and worrying about time, I started just taking an image of the singers and drawing over the image, which is why I think they get better. When I printed them, the man said he could only do them on 5”x7” photo paper, and print the images at 5”x5”. I liked the white edges on the sides of the images though; it gave the drawings a polaroid feel, which I think speaks to the archiving/D-I-Y/scrapbooking aspects of the punk movement. Overall though, I was very pleased with how they turned out.