Art of the Flyer: Raymond Pettibon Exhibition

Join us at Capitol Hill Art Walk on January 9 for a showing of Raymond Pettibon posters. All posters in this show are originals, from the stage, from the pole, or from the band. The collection is called, “For the Punk of it,” and is owned by former music business executive, Brendon Mendoza. The collection also features hundreds of early Seattle punk flyers from: Solger, Fartz, Silly Killers, Soundgarden Nirvana, Screaming Trees, Skin yard, Green River, Malfunkshun... Scan the QR codes for more info!


Raymond Pettibon is a painter, illustrator, and cartoonist born in Tucson, AZ., on June 16, 1957. He was born Raymond Ginn, brother of Black Flag founder, Gregg Ginn. Raymond changed his name to Pettibon after his father gave him the nickname “petit bon,” which translates to good little one.

During the early days of punk music, the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pettibon produced artwork on fliers, promotional posters, stickers, and album covers. His most notable work from this period was for his brother's band, Black Flag, for whom he designed the famous four bars logo and several of Black Flag’s album covers. Raymond also worked with other bands, including the Dead Kennedys, the Ramones, Meat Puppets, and the Minutemen. Pettibons’ work from this period was mainly done with India ink on paper in black-and-white, although he would add color using acrylic or watercolor paints or colored pencils.

Pettibon began exhibiting his work in the 1980s, and in 1991, the artist won the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, and Craft Media. He released an anthology of his work, Raymond Pettibon: A Reader, in 1998. Pettibon won the Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, in 2001. In 2004, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York gave him the Bucksbaum Award. In 2010, Pettibon won the Oskar Kokoschka Prize in Vienna, Austria.