Remembering the Summer of Punk

© Steven A. Heller/Art Center College of Design

Guest post by Art Center Archivist Robert Dirig

During the summer of 1986, Art Center students relived the era of punk through an Illustration Department workshop, Punk Is Not a Fashion Statement, organized by former Illustration Chair Phil Hays. The workshop focused on journalistic illustration, with various punk scenes acted out as students recorded them via drawings and paintings.

In addition to the workshop, students heard lectures on the history and significance of punk from a wide variety of speakers including Malcolm McLaren, the manager of the Sex Pistols.

Do you remember this Summer of Punk at Art Center? We want to hear your memories!

To visit Art Center’s Archives or to donate materials, contact Art Center Archivist Robert Dirig at 626.396.2208 or

© Steven A. Heller/Art Center College of Design

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2 thoughts on “Remembering the Summer of Punk

  1. Brian

    This was such a cool event at Art Center. Seeing Malcolm there was awesome. Laren Hutton was there as well. Reminds me of how exciting it was to also have fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez hold a workshop at the photo stage, which included models with real tigers.

  2. Kevin Kast

    In the spring of 1986, I was waiting in the office for a meeting with Phil Hays when he and Malcolm Mclaren came walking out with big smiles talking about the upcoming Workshop. Phil was very excited about how the summer Workshop was coming together. Getting Antonio Lopez was a real coup. He was such a remarkable talent. At the first workshop with Antonio, I could only get a space in front of a big speaker that blasted Frankie Goes to Hollywood the entire session. My ears are still ringing. It was a great experience.

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