Jamie Reid and the Punk Rebellion

Jamie Reid – God save the Queen

Jamie Reid – God save the Queen, Record Cover, 1977

In the first half of the 70s Great Britain saw the rise of an underground subculture, which turned the graphic design of that time upside down. Punk movement took over fashion, music and visual arts and quickly spread to other countries. Its trademark were ragged clothes, Mohawk hairstyle and rowdy music. Sex Pistols is said to be the first widely recognized punk rock band. The man behind the visual side of their concerts and album covers was Jamie Reid. His most recognizable piece is the cover for “Never mind the bollocks”. The design is based mainly on typography but with the use of very bright, vibrant colors. Such style on a cover fit the rough, trashy punk aesthetics perfectly. Most of Reid’s works were collages, with letters or whole sentences cut out of newspapers, juxtaposed provocatively with other graphic elements or drawings. Collage graphic style set by Jamie Reid became the mark of rebellion, anarchy, fight against the conservative society. It was also a great match for the spontaneous punk rock music.

Jamie Reid – Damn Them All

Jamie Reid – Damn Them All (1993), Newsprint collage and gouache on paper, 610mm x 520mm

Jamie Reid – Atari Teenage Riot

Jamie Reid – Atari Teenage Riot 1992; Liberties (1994), Lithoprint proof

Jamie Reid – Hare

Jamie Reid – Hare (in negative); Disaster Queen graphic from No Clause 28 campaign for Boy George (1988)

Jamie Reid – Never Mind the Bollocks layout

Jamie Reid – Never Mind the Bollocks layout

Jamie Reid – Los Pistoleros del Sexo

Jamie Reid – Los Pistoleros del Sexo (1979), Letraset and paper collage on LP cover, 313mm x 313mm

Jamie Reid – Death Of Money; Dixon Bate 'Celtic Surveyor' Exhibition Flyer, 1990

Jamie Reid – Death Of Money; Dixon Bate ‘Celtic Surveyor’ Exhibition Flyer, 1990

Jamie Reid – The Cat that Ate The World

Jamie Reid – The Cat that Ate The World (1974) Gouache, ink and felt tip on paper, 295mm x 493mm

Jamie Reid – SI Exhibition Flyer 1989; Fuck forever (1986), Poster, 1997; No War No Glory - End of Story (2005) digital image

Jamie Reid – SI Exhibition Flyer 1989; Fuck forever (1986), Poster, 1997; No War No Glory – End of Story (2005) digital image

Jamie Reid – Save petrol, burn cars

Jamie Reid – Save petrol, burn cars

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