DIY Dadaism…
When 80’s Punk Posters and Flyers Ruled!

Usually when we would leave a show in the 80’s, there would always be people standing outside handing you flyers to the next show, something that’s lasted through the decades. One way to make sure people did not throw them away was by having killer art on them. Not only did many illustrators from the scene get their start from drawing handbills, other creative beings also got their message across using the xerox machine. Artists used these pieces of paper as a way to announce the next show and as a way to express their political beliefs. I’m not sure if many of the people creating xerox flyers realized they were manifesting their own DIY version of Dada art. When I contrast and compare these two forms of artistic expression, I can see the connection. I can also see the same creative spirit flowing through young heads that are making flyers in 2015. Punk does not die, it just get’s weirder!!! These flyers take me down memory lane because I was actually at some of these gigs…Check out all of these rad punk handbills from the 80’s.

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Sean Reveron was born & raised in Venice Beach, CA. He terrorized the streets of the West Side as a young Suicidal Boy, and was a part of the early Hardcore movement. Sean has always been passionate about the music and the DIY fashion of the crust and metal world, and that passion led him and his wife Meghan to create the world of CVLT Nation and the CVLT clothing brand.


  1. September 3, 2015 at 11:50 pm — Reply

    I load the page to find a banner advertising Aerosmith

  2. September 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    If you don’t know what I speak of, there is nothing to see here.

  3. September 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm — Reply

    If anyone has one of these, I’d be very grateful if I could get a copy.

  4. September 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    I created, single handedly, the granddaddy of them all…. freedom isn’t free unless you take it.

  5. September 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    I have my kitchen walls pasted with VoiVod/CroMags/MDC etc flyers . It looks like the worlds smallest shitty club !

  6. September 3, 2015 at 9:46 am — Reply

    Erin Marie Miller This is fun too!

  7. September 3, 2015 at 8:12 am — Reply

    I’m sure most realized it was Dadaism and others were just imitators. Then, some took it beyond imitation and were just having fun. It’s like vandalism for the sake of promoting your passion. Many of these works should be in museums, but most great zines and show posters are long forgotten relics.

    • September 3, 2015 at 8:16 am — Reply

      It’s like the napkin drawings by Jean Michel Basquiat. How many were just thrown away by people who found his doodles annoying?

  8. September 3, 2015 at 7:07 am — Reply

    Christopher Bickel seems like something you would dig

  9. September 3, 2015 at 6:56 am — Reply

    I still make em, fir metal shows…

  10. September 3, 2015 at 4:15 am — Reply

    Dean Levron

  11. September 3, 2015 at 3:59 am — Reply


  12. September 3, 2015 at 1:03 am — Reply

    Chad Loewen We know!

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