Larry: I have launched a Web Store on LarryClark.com – for everyone. We have put together our first offering, my limited edition original four color silkscreen T-shirts and the new music album from reVolt, all celebrating an incredible band.
About the band, I met the young men of reVolt almost 11 years ago, when they were kids. They are from South Central Los Angeles. They ended up starring in my film, “Wassup Rockers.” Back when I first met them one of the main things they did, besides skateboard and try to survive in South Central, was listen to punk rock and wear clothes that were way too tight.
They called it “dressing young” because they were wearing clothes that they used to wear when they were 11 years old. At 14 years old these kids were growing like mad, but they had no money to buy new clothes. So they wore the same clothes they wore when they were 11. That’s why their clothes were so tight. And that’s why they called it “dressing young.” That’s interesting! The clothes – ripped up and drawn on – they would dress that way out of necessity. They created their own style out of pure necessity.
I remember telling them that when the film came out and people saw their clothes, well‑known fashion designers were going to start making clothes like theirs and charging $500 or $600 for a pair of jeans. The fashion designers would draw on them and rip them and fade them out – on purpose. They looked at me like I was crazy.
And then, of course, the very same too tight, drawn on, ripped clothing was the fashion trend shortly after the film came out!
In any case, back then in 2005 they had a punk rock garage band. Jonathan Velasquez played guitar. He sang punk rock tunes. His brother Eddie Velasquez was his drummer. Their best friend Carlos Ramires played guitar. They had different other kids sit in as bass players. People who have bands know the toughest hole to fill in is the bass player.
Fast forward to today – all this time later, a couple years ago, Jonathan started a new band and called it reVolt. They have just recorded their first album, “thisisnotreVolt”, which is also now available from the band’s website, thisisnotrevolt.com, and the Larry Clark Web Shop.
They’ve been playing together two years now. Jonathan writes the tunes, sings the tunes, and is really the driving force behind the band. It’s his band, with his brother and his best friends. Frank Navarette plays bass now. Frank, he’s been playing all these years. He had been in bands since he was 14, such as speed metal / death metal bands. He’s quite an accomplished young bass player.
So they have Frank Navarette on bass, Eddie Velasquez on drums, Jonathan on guitar and vocals, and Carlos Ramires on guitar. Their first record – reVolt, “thisisnotreVolt” – I produced. I paid for the record because I love the music and I love the band. They have a stage presence that I have not seen since The Doors in the ’60s on the Sunset Strip. They have a power that just gets you to want to jump up and move and dance to Rock and Roll.
That’s the way Rock and Roll is supposed to be. It evokes the times when Rock and Roll started.
Now I’m lucky, I’m 71 years old, I was there at the beginning. When I was 12, Rock and Roll became popular and they started putting it in the radio. Rock and Roll changed the world. Rock and Roll saved lives. Rock and Roll saved my life, because back then, everything was so corny and so boring. It was just a different world. Now Rock and Roll has brought the country up to speed.
I am very proud to announce that the new record is now available for purchase on my website, larryclark.com and the reVolt website, thisisnotrevolt.com. Also, for the launch of the webstore, I made T‑shirts of all the band members featuring my photographs and Jonathan’s photographs of the band. These T-shirts are limited edition original silkscreen artworks on fine quality 100% cotton shirts. They are the best possible T-shirts I could produce.
Now there’s a number of T‑shirts with pictures of Jonathan through the years. Because as I say, I’ve been photographing him for almost 11 years, so I have photographs from the first day I met him to yesterday. I actually, took some pictures of Jonathan yesterday, so I followed him for 11 years and we’ve been friends for 11 years. There are T-shirts of the band members; Carlos, Frank and Eddie. There is a wonderful T-shirt of their roadie, Kico Pedrasa. The T-shirts of Frank and Carlos feature photographs by Jonathan Velasquez, and the others are my photographs.
So what I’m giving you today is the T-shirts, the 12″ album, and one 45 record titled “Jonathan Velasquez Solo”. The 45 record is Jonathan playing a cut from the soundtrack of my new film, “The Smell of Us”, that I made in France. On the B-side, Jonathan and I sing Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” in a capella. The dialogue of “The Smell of Us” is in French, and it premieres in France June 2. I’m very proud of this film and I think it’s my masterpiece. It’s the French “Kids”, produced exactly 20 years since “Kids” which was shot in 1994.
Thanks to Takuhito Kawashima and HUGE Magazine
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Set in the art-meets-Americana town of Marfa, Texas, Marfa Girl features a breakout performance from Adam Mediano, a teenage kid (and non-professional actor) whom Clark spotted skateboarding one day. The charisma that Clark saw in Adam inspired the shooting of the film. The portraits that follow are the first ones that Clark ever took of Adam and the first digital photographs that he has produced.
- DORIAN GRINSPAN
Christopher Wool invited me down to Marfa — he was advising this first-year tiny little film festival — and he wanted to show No Wave films of the ’70s from New York. So I went down and I showed this film from Tulsa that I had shot in ’68. Another night I showed Ken Park, and then another night during the festival I showed Wassup Rockers, and Wassup Rockers is about these 14-year-old skate kids from the ghetto in LA, from South Central, these Latino kids.
So I’m getting ready to introduce the film, and I look at the crowd, and it’s all this older art crowd and not many locals. So I went outside trying to figure out what I was going to do, because the film is about kids, and it’s for these kids — and like a mirage, these two little fourteen-year-old kids skate by, Hispanic skate kids.
I thought, “Wow, this is some kind of sign.” So I ran into the street and I grabbed them, and I said, “Come, I’m showing a film, and it’s about you.” So they came inside, and they could only stay a few minutes; they had to go home for supper but they came back an hour into the film asking me for DVDs. And I had two DVDs of Wassup Rockers with me that I gave them.
Then as I was getting on the airplane to leave, and I saw this couple, and I told them, “You know, it’s a funny thing, I met these skate kids just as I was introducing Wassup Rockers.” And they said, “Oh we know Adam, he’s fourteen and he’s got a girlfriend who’s twenty-eight, and they’re going to have a baby.” And I said “They’re gonna have a baby? Well, what do the parents think about this?” And they said, “Well, the parents are fine with it.” I thought to myself, Jesus Christ, this is strange. So right away I smelled a script.
I left and I started thinking about this and I started writing the screenplay. I went back to Marfa a couple of months later because someone had asked me to photograph a place in America, and I said, “Well fuck, I’ll go back to Marfa.” I looked up Adam, but it turns out it was not a true story at all. He didn’t have a twenty-eight-year-old girlfriend, and no one was pregnant. It was not true at all, but I found out a lot about the town and I photographed Adam there for the first time.
There was this place outside of town, where there’s natural spring water coming out of the ground, and there’s an Olympic-sized swimming pool that someone built there. And people go out there, and have picnics, and go swimming. So we went out there — Adam, and, like, twelve people; Adam’s mother, and his brother, and his brother’s girlfriend and all these people went out. I photographed Adam out there and observed the town for a few days and what was going on.
Marfa is just this little town. It’s white ranchers, cowboys, and Mexican-Americans. It’s very strange because the town is in the middle of nowhere, there’s no economy, and it’s kind of like stuck in the ’50s. They still have corporal punishment in school, so they paddle kids from kindergarten all the way to high school. And there’s still a segregated cemetery there. Half the cemetery is for white people and half the cemetery is for the Hispanics. The white half of the cemetery is very stern, and the Mexican half is full of colors, pictures, and fiowers. It’s pretty great. I’d much rather be buried on the Mexican side.
Anyway, I think what’s interesting for me is to look at these first pictures of Adam and just see that from him skating down the street the first night, I saw something there. I said, this kid, you know, he had this charisma. I saw it. It was just coming from him, and no one else could see it, I don’t think. Maybe his mother could see it, but I could see that the camera was gonna love him, and he was really the inspiration for me during the film.
I would observe him with his friends, and his friends acted like teenagers, you know, kind of laughing and joking and goofing around. And he can be like that, too, but he was much more quiet, and introspective even. There was an intelligence there that I saw, and when he said something, it was very smart, and I could see he was an extremely intelligent kid. Just by the way he looked, I could tell. I’ve been making images for fifty years, so I can tell and I don’t know — I could just, it’s just — I saw it.
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
Courtesy New Museum, New York. Photos: Benoit Pailley
Featuring actors from the forthcoming French production, The Smell of Us
Larry Clark Stuff, Boo-Hooray‘s exhibition drawn from Larry’s personal collection of skateboard decks, skater t-shirts and related posters, stickers, photographs and stuff will have a New York run at Milk Gallery at 450 West 15th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue.
The exhibit opened with a reception Wednesday, March 6th from 6 to 9 PM and ran through March 14th, open Monday to Thursday, 10 AM to 6 PM.
Curated by Johan Kugelberg, the show features Larry’s collection of skateboard decks and t-shirts spanning the late 1980′s up until today showcasing the guerrilla graphic design of companies like Fuct and Supreme, alongside outfits and boards used in Larry’s movies Wassup Rockers and Marfa Girl. We are also showing a comprehensive collection of Larry Clark movie posters, exhibition posters and skateboard culture posters alongside portraits of Larry wearing a selection of vintage Fuct t-shirts. This is an expanded version of the show at MOCA in LA last month.
Rare Larry Clark books, posters, skateboard decks and ephemera will be for sale at the exhibit and on Boo-Hooray’s webshop, including the last copies of Larry’s commemorative 70th birthday skateboard decks. Everything is available in limited quantities and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
THANKS TO TAKUHITO KAWASHIMA & EVERYONE AT HUGE MAGAZINE
Thanks to Olivier Zahm
Boo-Hooray is staging an exhibit at MOCA for the Printed Matter Art Book Fair.
It is called Larry Clark Stuff.
Co-curated by Larry Clark and Johan Kugelberg, the exhibit brings skateboards and t-shirts from Larry’s collection together with portraits of Larry and costumes from his films, all done as a wall-installation alongside rare posters from his exhibitions and films.
If you are in LA, please stop by stand Y55 and see it.
Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR at MOCA
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The International Jury of the 7th Rome Film Festival has conferred the Golden Marc’Aurelio for Best Film to Marfa Girl by Larry Clark.
Visit the festival’s website for more info.
Check out this exclusive interview with Larry Clark at NOWNESS:
Thanks to Matt Black.
In celebration of Larry Clark’s new feature film, Marfa Girl, Boo-Hooray has published two printed works by Larry Clark.
A Marfa Girl 27″ x 39.5″ film poster has been issued in a limited edition of 9 copies. The signed posters are contained in numbered poster tubes. Available at the Boo-Hooray webshop, the price begins at $650.
Also available is the publication Marfa Gurl, a facsimile of the notebook Larry used during the creation of the film Marfa Girl. The publication is issued in an edition of 120 copies. A special edition of 12 copies contain a signed 3.75″ x 5.5″ archival pigment photographic print by Larry Clark of Adam Mediano, the star of Marfa Girl, housed in a glassine envelope. The price of Marfa Gurl regular edition is $65 and Marfa Gurl special edition is $650. Both are available at the Boo-Hooray webshop.
From: Larry Clark
Subject: Re: Purple #19 – Larry Clark
Date: November 16, 2012 4:35:56 AM GMT+01:00
just woke up… 3:30am here and i went to sleep at 11pm… i slept a record 4 hours and 20 minutes… running very hot bath and drinking a quart of water to start the next to last day here…when you became a vegan did you have this much energy?… sleep only 3 or 4 hours a night for the first few months?… i was never a good sleeper anyway and a good normal night for me was always 6 hours even when i was drinking heavily… if i was on a airplane overnight and took an ambien after a bottle of wine i still could only sleep 5 hours at the very most…. the good thing is i am happy and start working immediately and go with a high energy level for 20 or 21 hours… maybe being a vegan and being 69 years old is normal sleep for an older gentleman like me…i only have caffeine in the morning and drink water and fresh squeezed juice durning the day(i was never a coke sucker)… going to take hot bath now, back in a few…
i haven’t sent any pictures yet because today i will see the photographer that took the pictures and see what he picked but he was shooting digital so i got a quick glimpse yesterday and it seemed perfect and just right for purple diary… very organic… let me look at the photographs i took of this one skater with my leica and see if i want to give you a couple of this italian kid for maybe a double page spread by moi… i got the kids email so maybe i have time to see him again… he wasn’t a project kid and lives in central rome… spoke correct english without an accent but didn’t understand quickly but used the right words, for example, when i asked him about the neighborhood the park was in he answered “sketchy”…
more later from roma, larry
On Nov 16, 2012, at 3:19 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Hello Larry. What a great idea! A portrait in Rom with skate kids. Did u send the pic already. Leica is the best! Love oz
From: Larry ClarkDate: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:58:36 +0100To: Olivier Zahm<email@example.com>Subject: Re: Purple #19 – Larry Clark
Olivier,just found the only outdoor skate park in Roma (about 4 miles outside central Rome in the projects) and had photographer photograph me alone with skateboard and with skate kids….will send you as soon as he picks and sends to me… probably tonight…. I took some of one kid too with my Leica…. loading them now…from Rome, larry
On Nov 14, 2012, at 6:29 PM, Olivier Zahm wrote:
Thanks Larry. Please do let me know. I would love a picture of you in Rome for the Purple Diary !
FROM LARRY IN ROME:
the premiere was great!… GIANT screen and film looked amazing…. sharp as a tack and we shot with 5D’s….. amazing…. just saw the film again in another packed theatre across the street from my hotel…. last screening ever unless i do one for free some time some where…. starts streaming on larryclark.com tuesday november 20 (next tuesday at 3pm california time) for $5.99 for 24 hours…
have done over a hundred interviews already here…. world press, tv, radio, web tv and radio, etc etc…. talk to young filmmakers and just youngsters tomorrow night for a couple of hours at a special event…. working 20 hour days for last few months…. been vegan for over 60 days now and no sugar…. 11 lbs lighter…. feel great….
top of the world mom…
This is a video of Jonathan Velasquez’s new band “reVolt”. They are playing at the Stardust Bar in Downey, CA at the beginning of 2012. Jonathan started a mini-riot out of nothing but playing. His charisma reminded me of Jim Morrison of The Doors at The Whisky in 1966.
You might remember Jonathan as the star of my film Wassap Rockers (2005). He was only 15 years old then. I discovered him in South Central Los Angeles walking down the street.
reVolt is playing regularly around L.A. and you should catch them now.
- Larry Clark
While shooting my new film Marfa Girl in Marfa, TX, I only had one day off, which I spent photographing the actors of Marfa Girl for V MAGAZINE’s SUMMER 2012 AMERICANA issue.
I was a fashion cunt for a day, for the best magazine in fashion.
Here are some photographs from the shoot, some seen in the issue and some unseen until now.
- Larry Clark
In this interview, I talk about my new feature film, Marfa Girl, and how I came to Marfa, Texas in May 2011. I talk about how I was inspired to make a film in Marfa. I went back five times working on the screenplay and meeting the people of Marfa.
We made the film in parts of March and April 2012.
In casting the film, I use a mix of teenagers from Marfa and professional actors from Austin, Texas. Take a listen to the broadcast below to hear some Marfa Girl stories.
- Larry Clark