The Tattoo by John Miskelly: a short story

The Tattoo by John Miskelly illustration by Steve Thueson

Another immigrant story.

Deb Frazin Photo Column—Chuck Dukowski

Chuck Dukowski photo by Deb Frazin

In late January of this year, I was lucky enough to catch punk rock legend Chuck Dukowski play a Würm reunion show at a Save Music in Chinatown event. I’ve always been an avid Black Flag fan, and Chuck is one of my favorite bass players, so you know I was savoring every single second of that show!

Louis Jacinto Photo Column, Alice Bag

Alice Bag photo by Louis Jacinto

Damn pandemic! In spring of 2020 Alice Bag released her third solo album, Sister Dynamite, and was all set to tour. Then everything came to a standstill, like never before.

Anonymous Punk Photo Column—Christopher Columbus Statue

Christopher Columbus Statue Removal

On July 4, protesters in Baltimore successfully removed the statue of Christopher Columbus in an effort to eliminate racist monuments to colonialism. Arms linked, protesters formed two circles surrounding the statue to protect those actively dismantling and prevent any intervention. Once detached, the statue stone was then thrown into the harbor.

Deb Frazin Photo Column—Monkey of The Adicts

Monkey of the Adicts, photo by Deb Frazin

Back in 2018, Monkey from The Adicts contacted me and asked if he could hire me to do a photo shoot with him. I took him to a couple of run-down streets in Downtown Los Angeles. We had a blast shooting and laughing for two hours.

Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—Corrosion Of Conformity

Chris Boarts Larson Photo—Corrosion Of Conformity

Everyone involved in hardcore-punk-metal has some relationship or opinion about Corrosion Of Conformity because they are a band that have spanned decades from the original hardcore punk scene in the ’80s onwards to the world of rock’n’roll. Personally, Animosity is in my original hardcore punk rolodex.

Deb Frazin Photo Column—Kim Shattuck

Deb Frazin Photo, Kim Shattuck

I’ve had Kim Shattuck on my mind this week. July 17 would have been her fifty-seventh birthday. Not only was she a talented musician/songwriter, she was also an extremely talented photographer.

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Baltimore Skate for Change

Baltimore Skate for Change photo by Lorien Lamarr

On June 21, Baltimore skaters organized with Queer Skate Baltimore and Skate for Change. Together, skaters occupied and skated the area around City Hall. Watching skaters grind and flip off rails and benches in areas regularly denied them was powerful on its own, but the community used their voices too.

Deb Frazin Photo Column—Orville Neeley

Deb Frazin Photo Column—Orville Neeley

Bad Sports recorded a slew of great albums over the years, but their 2016 release Living with Secrets is my favorite. It’s a perfect EP from beginning to end. Each song is so extra good. It only takes one listen to get hooked!

Anthony Mehlhaff Photo Column—The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen, The Teragram, DTLA | Photo by Anthony Mehlhaff

Rodney Amadeus Anonymous fills a fans head full of Dead Milkmen lore.