A Rare Find
When I got my out of the Marines back in 1985, I moved back into my folk’s house, attended college and was working as a pizza guy in the small California town of Danville. I was really into collage at the time and was an avid dumpster-diver. Just behind the pizza place sat the dumpster for the Public Library…Eureka! I found so many wonderful things in that dumpster and the thing was relatively clean, containing mostly books, tapes, paper and the occasional phonograph. I was regularly diving in that thing, in between pizza deliveries.
One night, I stumbled upon this book. It’s a collection of bawdy songs and poems, stuff like “Cocaine Lil and Morphine Sue” which was cool enough…but.. it was also illustrated by the great John Held Jr. who I’d been exposed to while growing up, my head buried in my folk’s New Yorker Cartoon collections. His style varied depending on the medium. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I like the way that scratchboard forces me to adopt a style that is inevitably different than say, my pen and ink style.
Held’s woodcuts are wonderfully primitive and hilarious. Here’s one of my favorites from this collection.