PICS: Blink-182’s Matt Skiba Shows Artistic Side

The second annual Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Art Show heads to LA for a Dec. 15 grand opening -- featuring art from Blink-182's Matt Skiba, Jurassic 5's Chali 2NA and more.

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For their second annual event, Romantic Rock brings its star-studded and stud-studded Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Holiday Art Show to a Los Angeles gallery (1499 Artemus St.) for a grand opening on Dec. 15 from 6-11 p.m. The gallery will also be open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Dec. 16-17 as well. Matt Skiba (left), Warren Fitzgerald, Hunter Burgan, and event founder Emily T. Nielsen (right) pictured.
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The show will feature art from some very big-name creatives, including Matt Skiba -- yes, you read that right -- of Alkaline Trio and Blink-182 (some of his work pictured), Chali 2NA of Jurassic 5, Hunter Burgan of AFI, Warren Fitzgerald of the Vandals, Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly, Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal, and more.
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Sure, these musicians might be known for the raw energy of their live sets, coupling the right amount of angst with the right amount of breakneck speed, but here’s an opportunity to experience another side of their creative personas. See the more intimate, introspective and meditative angle of punk rock through its visual manifestations. (Skiba shown here signing a fan's T-shirt at a previous Punk Rock & Paintbrushes event)
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“I’m thrilled to be showing this round of my art with such beautiful friends and some amazing artists," Skiba said in a recent press release. "Some of the new stuff is inspired by the scrawl on a childhood friend’s trapper-keeper as I remember it. He was super into death metal and was considered a ‘burner’ and ‘trouble’. They used those terms like they were a bad thing. I used lines from lyrics I’ve been writing recently combined with my friend’s graffiti. I want my new stuff to convey Hessian graffiti and ‘ignorant art’.” (Skiba artwork shown)
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This would make quite the conversation piece, eh? Skiba's take on David Bowie.
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The art show is all about helping out, too. This year, the event supports Alexandria House, a nonprofit safe shelter for women and children. Limited edition screen prints will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Alexandria House. Additionally, each artist will be contributing an art piece for an Alexandria House mural, with all proceeds supporting Alexandria House's efforts. (Skiba's portrait of Nikola Tesla pictured)
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During the grand opening, special guest DJs will be on hand, and the night will also feature a full bar, photo booth, red carpet and more. The best part? It’s all FREE. But you have to RSVP to have a chance at getting in. To RSVP, visit:
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