Louis Jacinto Photo Column—Nervous Gender, Mike Ochoa

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Nervous Gender remains one of the most influential bands out of the initial Los Angeles punk scene.

Described as the “thorn in the side of the L.A. music scene,” Nervous Gender took no prisoners—live or on record!

Three years ago I was spending countless hours scanning the photographic negatives of Nervous Gender co-founder and frontman Gerardo Velazquez for a survey of some of his art work for the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions. Los Angeles art critic and curator Mat Gleason had approached me about working with him to feature Gerardo for PST: LA/LA at his Chinatown gallery, Coagula Curatorial. After approaching the remaining Nervous Gender band members—Gerardo died in 1992—they allowed us full access to his photographic archive. A total of 580 images were scanned.

For Mat Gleason, the show, Nervously Engendered: The Art of Gerardo Velazquez was the fulfillment of a private personal promise to keep Gerardo’s legacy alive.

For me it was a chance to thank Gerardo for being my first friend when I moved to Los Angeles and encouraging my own artistic growth.

This photograph was taken by Gerardo of his school boy friend Mike Ochoa. They were inseparable. The two of them, along with Edward Stapleton, were the nucleus of Nervous Gender.

Another PST: LA/LA show remains on tour and prominently features Nervous Gender. A walk through of the show by Alice Bag is available on YouTube for viewing.

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