I think it is no secret that most professional musicians do not enjoy the benefit of employer-provided health insurance, and that is just a shame, because it’s something everyone needs. Sadly, earlier this year, Roger Miret, vocalist for the legendary New York-based hardcore punk band Agnostic Front was diagnosed with cancer, and long road of tests and diagnoses lead to a complex surgery and lengthy hospital stay.
This past week, when a friend or coworker would ask me what I did over the weekend, or if I’d seen any good art lately, I felt like I had to qualify my response by first asking, “Well, do you know what a Mosh Pit is?” And usually that person would say that they did, or at least that they had some idea. The reason I had to ask was to put in context the exhibit I had just seen at the Jonathan Levine Gallery by contemporary hyper–realist painter Dan Witz, who is all about the mosh pit action. Nobody paints a pit like Dan Witz.
Being a veteran of the Orange County punk scene of the late seventies/early eighties, I’ve seen my share of the cultural phenomenon known as the mosh pit. With his background as a musician in New York’s downtown post-punk noise scene of the early 1980s, the paintings of artist Dan Witz will surely strike a chord in the heart of anyone with a similar cache of experiences via his new exhibit, Mosh Pits, Human and Otherwise, up now at the Jonathan Levine Gallery. This vibrant collection features large-scale oil paintings on canvas produced by Witz over the past ten years.
Hot on the heels of their sensational, sold-out GG Allin Bobblehead, the toy geniuses over at Aggronautix announce preorders of their super-lifelike, super collectible homage to Joey “Shithead” Keithley of Canadian hardcore legends, DOA. Joey stands 7-inches tall and is made of colorful, lightweight polyresin. In a limited edition of just 1,000 pieces, don’t be left without one! Hardcore!
NOT SAFE FOR WORK! METAL!!!
Thanks to Vincent Cecolini and Liz Ciavarella of Metal Maniacs for the link!