Artist Mal-One grew up in the same London neighbourhood as future Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones and Paul Cook. In fact, he was first introduced to Steve Jones when he was 7 years old after Jones stole his bike. The same area of Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush was also a hotbed for the forthcoming Punk scene. Being immersed in the scene from an early age has given Mal-One a great front-line knowledge of the movement and access to one of the biggest Punk memorabilia collections.
The ‘Never Mind The Punk 45’ décollages cut back from the original 7” artworks to show snippets of related material from the back story of bands like Buzzcocks, The Clash, Sex Pistols and Ramones, using press cuttings, promo badges and tickets.
Mal-One’s work brings together the iconography of the Punk zeitgeist; that moment when music, fashion, and youth culture collided for the first and last time.