Mark Vallen Hollywood Blvd We Are Doomed

Title: Hollywood Blvd., We’re Doomed

Artist: Mark Vallen – Color pencil on paper. 1980. 22 x 29 in.
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After witnessing this scene on Hollywood Boulevard in the late 1970s, Vallen decided to make it a drawing. Drifters loiter on a bus bench graffitied with LA punk band names. A star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame is defaced with a nihilistic scrawl reading, “we’re doomed.” The first punk club in Los Angeles, The Masque, was just around the corner.