Oh So Pretty: Iconic posters from the punk scene

Anarchic art.

[T]he DIY spirit of punk created an instantly recognisable visual aesthetic. The posters, gig flyers and zines of the late 1970s scene are as brash, abrasive and unpredictable as the music.

Featuring photocopied images, ransom-note lettering and rough edges, punk artists such as Jamie Reid took an anarchic approach to design. Art school credentials weren’t required as much as a desire for artistic freedom and unbridled expression.

Collecting material from 1967-1980, Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print (published by Phaidon), features an array of original artwork owned by artist, designer and collector Tony Mott. Growing up in Pimlico, London in the 1970s, Tony became immersed in the scene, attending countless gigs and amassing a huge collection of fanzines, promo posters and badges.

From early Sex Pistols gig posters, to Linder Sterling’s iconic collage for the Buzzcocks’ single ‘Orgasm Addict’ – it gives a fascinating insight into the visual style and attitude of the era.

Preview a selection of the artwork below, and find out more about the book.

Poster for Buzzcocks’ single ‘Orgasm Addict’, Linder Sterling, Malcolm Garrett, November 1977

Bored Stiff #1, C. Terry et al., Tyneside Free Press, July 1977

Poster For Blondie’s 12-Inch singles ‘Denis’, ‘Contact in Red Square’ and ‘Kung Fu Girls’, February 1978, 42.5 x 30.4 cm,

Poster for The Sex Pistols’ album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’, Jamie Reid, 1977

Poster for X-Ray Spex’s single, ‘Oh Bondage, Up Yours!’, October 1977