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  • SALE SUGGESTIONS

    For the first time ever Prints On Wood is excited to announce our very first Fine Art Sale! Save 20% Off* of your favorite P.O.W. Artist Releases when you use the promo code LOVEART at checkout!

    With hundreds of prints to choose from, order some of our favorites that are still available (while supplies last) but act now, because these will go fast!

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    Ben Mendelsohn Raccoon - Renee French / Available in 30"x30" and 10"x10"

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    The Nose Knows - Luke Chueh / Available in 30"x40" and 10"x15"

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    The Dark Side - Matt Gondek

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    Balducci the Marvelous -  Joe Ledbetter

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    Totem -  Joe Ledbetter

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    Hello Hero Hero Hello - KMNDZ

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    Keith Morris - Edward Culver

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    Kiss Teletubbies - Ron English

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    Quiet Company - Dan May

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    Early Bird - Nathan Ota

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    Snow White Revere - Jennybird Alcantara

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    *Offer not valid on Treason Gallery / Obey Table Print releases.

  • Out Now! Mike Ness x Ed Colver Release + 5 Things You Didn't Know About Punk Rock Photographer, Ed Colver

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    Social Distortion vocalist, Mike Ness, has a small legion of images of himself captured by punk photographer, Ed Colver, and lucky for us, the two see fit to share the iconic images with the world. In Colver's 6th Prints on Wood release-- and his second visual of Mike Ness-- audiences are able to grab a little piece of punk history in the form of a 10 x 15.5 in. wood print release. In celebration of the latest release titled "Mike Ness '81," here are 5 things you didn't know about the man behind the camera, punk rock photographer, Ed Colver.

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    1. Just three months after beginning his photography career in 1978, Colver had his first photograph published in the legendary, however now defunct BAM Magazine, consisting of a shot of performance artist Johanna Went.
    2. Ed is solely responsible for several of the most iconic punk album covers including Black Flag's "Louie Louie" single, Cirlce Jerk's "Group Sex," and T.S.O.L's debut self-titled EP.
    3. Ed Colver's photos have been featured on over 250 album covers for labels such as EMI, Capitol and Geffen.
    4. One thing that Ed is quite proud of is his family's lineage and local impression on California. Ed's father, Charles Colver, was a forest ranger for 43 years. Upon retiring, the tallest peak southwest of Mount Baldy was named Colver Peak after Ed's dad, Charles, keeping the Colver name in local history for an additional reason on top of the punk fame.
    5. With such an impactful handle on punk culture -- even into the era of the 2010's -- Colver's impression on punk and digital media coincide. This is why you can catch plenty of renditions of Ed's famed album covers on his Facebook fanpage located here.

    Learn more about Ed's past releases, and catch our conversation with the photographer here!

  • Photo Show Report: "Images From the Crypt:" Early Photos of Rozz Williams and Christian Death by Ed Colver @Space Gallery Pomona

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    Over the weekend, punk rock photographer and POW collaborator, Ed Colver, displayed a series of iconic images at Space Gallery in Pomona, Ca. The exhibition featured archived shots of California rock icons Rozz Williams and Christian Death during their early years as musical groundbreakers. The images originate from Colver's expansive collection of film photographs captured in Los Angeles, Ca during punk's heyday between 1978 and 1984.

    Colver has become somewhat of a household name over the years, as the primarily self-taught photographer who unwittingly photographed and archived one of America's most inarguably influential subcultures: punk. Through books, photo exhibitions and interviews with both prestigious publications (LA Times) and trendsetting periodicals (YAY! LA Mag, Pitchfork), Colver and his photos find themselves at the forefront of Southern California's historic punk rock conversation.

    Ed Colver's images have graced covers of particularly notable punk albums, from Black Flag's Damaged, Black Flag's Louie Louie, Circle Jerk's Group Sex, Channel 3 Fear of Life, among many more. In all, Colver was commissioned to photograph more than 250 album covers for dozens of record labels including EMI, Capitol and Geffen.

    Colver is regarded as a trendsetter by many, unknowingly defining the aesthetics of punk rock photography from its inception.

    To learn more about Edward Colver, check out an interview with the photographer here. Also, be sure to swing by Space Gallery Pomona, between now and April 10th, to check out the exhibition.

    Space Gallery Pomona:

    250 West Second Street
    Pomona, CA 91766

    909.623.1694
    Tuesday–Friday 12:00pm–6:30pm
    Saturday 3:00pm–9:30pm
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  • Edward Colver Releases Iconic Jello Biafra Print

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    Punk rock photographer, Edward Colver, is no new name to the POW blog. Over the last year, the photographer behind some of punk's most intimate and iconic captures has released four prints, and is gearing up for his fifth.

    His first print showcased HR of Bad Brains midair; his second print brought forth Keith Morris in all his glory; his third, a young Mike Ness of Social Distortion; and his fourth, a portrait of Exene Cervenka of pioneering So Cal punk band, X.

    With his fifth POW release en tow, Colver offers up a high-impact and electric shot of former Dead Kennedys frontman, Jello Biafra.

    Colver's series of vivid punk rock innovators is one of POW's most unique releases. As a hugely important part of contemporary music, punk culture -- in all of its controversial and fantastically contentious glory -- was captured by such a finite selection of photographers. For those present, snapshots of sweaty musicians and passionately chaotic crowds have become enigmatic visuals for audiences that are as rare as they come. With punk's heyday existing in a small window in the late 1970s, Colver is one of the foremost innovators of show photography as a whole.

    As a practiced medium, photographing concerts and music performances is unlike the sterile and controlled environment of the studio. Here, you're exposed to all the elements that punk rock breeds. In his fifth POW release featuring Jello Biafra of DK, viewers are presented with a number of unique elements only accessible at a Dead kennedys show from decades past. The snapshot showcases a a crowd surfing Biafra consumed by the audience, microphone in hand.

    Edward Colver's live portrait of singer, songwriter and poet, Jello Biafra, will be available January 14th for a limited time. You can purchase your Ed Colver x Jello Biafra exclusive until February 3rd by simply clicking here.

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  • Ed Colver x Exene Cervenka Timed Release

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    For his fourth release with Prints on Wood, Ed Colver brings forth an iconic portrait of Exene Cervenka, poet, artist, headline-maker and rock goddess of California punk band, X.

    Active since 1977, X is still in motion after nearly 40 years in the industry. Cervenka and long-time band-mates, John Doe and Billy Zoom are currently touring across several states, right now in with Seattle, WA with four more stops to go. The legendary act holds its place in music history as one of the West Coast punk bands to prevail in the scene's small heyday.

    Of course, present during the time as well was punk rock photographer, Ed Colver. “I was omnipresent," Colver explains to a FIDM reporter in 2011. "I was out everywhere. Back in those days, the shows were small, but the bands were good.”

    Well-known throughout the music landscape for his momentous captures, Colver has become an authority on the topics of composition and timing. In 2011, Ed was invited to sit in as an industry insider for Instructor Kevin Reagan‘s graphic design course at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Los Angeles (FIDM).

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    In 2012, LA Times covered Colver's group photo exhbition 'Faraway So Close: Photographs of Los Angeles in the '80s' at Morono Kiang Gallery. On the topic of one of Ed's photos, Times writer Randy Lewis explains:

    "Colver's photo of the scene outside a Hollywood Boulevard theater at the 1981 premiere of Penelope Spheeris' celebrated punk documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization" communicates volumes about the combative atmosphere from which punk arose like a weed through a crack in a sidewalk: The street is lined with dozens of police motorcycles, setting the stage for battle."

    From capturing the rise of Bad Brains, to gaining early access to young Keith Morris (Black Flag) and Mike Ness (Social Distorition), Colver' photos have been pivotal in representing and adding context to what has become one of the most scarcely documented, but culturally iconic subcultures in American history.

    To grab a limited run print of Exene Cervenka, photographed by Ed Colver and printed on 1/2" sustainable birch wood, available now till January 6, 2016, click here. The print is available both with, or without a frame, to fit your home or office decor needs.

  • Punk Photographer Ed Colver Chats About his POW Releases and the Early Punk Era

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    For five years, Edward Colver photographed the Los Angeles punk rock scene we have all grown to know and admire-- or hate, depending on what side of the venue doors you chose to stand behind in. But for those in-the-know in the late 70s and early 80s, Ed Colver did the music world a dutiful act when he decided to photograph the early era of punk.

    Between late 1978 and 1984, Colver acted as a major game-player in the scene, documenting the overall look and feel of an American counter culture quite unlike any before it. Fast, loud, sweaty, destructive, angry, bold and bloody, the images of Ed Colver will live on as relics from a a culture that continues to define and sculpt alternative ideals and personas.

    Luckily for us, Ed Colver has graced POW-- and music lovers worldwide-- with a new print installment in his series featuring Social Distortion guitarist and frontman, Mike Ness.

     

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    Prints on Wood: Your third release with POW is a shot of Mike Ness of Social Distortion. Can you talk about seeing Social D in the early days and what those past shows were like?

    Ed Colver: I saw them numerous times and photographed them probably every time I saw them. They always put on a good show and they were always such a good band. I mean were just teenagers when they started out, ya' know. They worked wonders though, they did good. A lot of those types of bands that I was seeing, I'd just go seem them on a Tuesday night and there'd be 20-30 people there. It'd just be empty. And then by about 1983, Black Flag was drawing three thousand people at the Olympic and things changed.

    POW: What do you think is the major reason the scene changed so rapidly, so fast?

    EC: Well it kind of came above ground. It still wasn't socially accepted, but it got recognized and more people came in; It got publicity. I mean Black flag tirelessly toured the country in a van playing anywhere they could for years. They had more work ethic than anyone I'd ever met, just about.

    POW: I've been reading around, and it seems you have some thoughts on bands that were coming up around that same time, but got lumped into the punk category--

    EC: This always gets me: People go 'are you into New-Wave' and I go 'fuck no I'm into punk rock.' They would be used in the same sentence which is just ludicrous because they have nooothing to do with each other. People call Blondie and Talking Heads punk rock and it's just like [laughs] no. It's funny. It's always been strange that they'd got lumped together. Maybe they rooted their ugly heads at the same time, but that's it [laughs].

    POW: You are one of very few people able to say they photographed the album covers of some of punk rock's most important bands. Can you talk a little bit about some of your favorites?

    EC: Black Flack Damaged, Black Flag Louie Louie, Circle Jerk's Group Sex, the first TSOL album, those are all ones I'm real happy with. 45 Grave, I did some nice stuff for them. Channel 3 with the backward gun, that was actually done for Black Flag's Damaged when I was working on it and it didn't get used-- the Channel 3 Fear of Life cover with the bad graphics [laughs].

     

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    POW: Do you have a database of images that maybe didn't fly with band members or labels at the time, but that you look back on now with fond thoughts?

    EC: Yeah, I'm still finding stuff from bands that I photographed and never even looked at. Like I was never into English punk music and I photographed The Exploited and the UK Subs and a couple of those bands and I never even looked at them. There are some really, really funny photos of the UK Subs though since I shot 'em when they were teenagers also.

    POW: You've done two other releases with Prints on Wood including HR from Bad Brains and a Keith Morris shot which I especially love.

    EC: Thanks. He chose that one in particular actually. I have others that I like better; but he chose that one so we went with it.

     

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    POW: How did that decision come about?

    EC: He kind of just decided on that one. He just said 'I'd like to use this one,' so I said ok.

    POW: You seem to be an extremely easy person to work with.

    EC: [Laughs] Yeah i just get along great with him really well. I've known him for over half, actually, maybe two-thirds of his life probably.

    POW: Looking back on your 5-year-run of punk photography, what words do you have about your role now decades removed?

    EC: This stuff has become history, ya' know. It was a total underground culture of people that weren't recognized.  Being involved in that real early era was the same as being in the Beat Generation movement or the early Hippe, Anti-War movement-- those types of people, it was the same thing.

    Available until December 1st, Ed Culver's Mike Ness release is obtainable through POW as a 12 x 15.5 in., framed or un-framed fine art print on birch wood. You can purchase it by clicking here.

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  • Edward Colver X HR from The Bad Brains

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    The first release in a new series of wood prints with rock and roll photographer Edward Colver features HR from The Bad Brains. Edward is famous punk rock photographer, who surrounded most of his works around punk rock music, fashion, lifestyle, and art. Colver's photographs have become iconic pieces because it depicts and documents the birth of punk in Los Angeles. Colver has been taking photographs for over 33 years, and truly has a passion for what he does. He creates his own punk rock style within his pieces. Over the years, Edward Colver has shot many photos for famous record labels like Capitol, Geffen,and EMI.
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    The first print release from this series is a classic shot Colver took of HR performing with his band, The Bad Brains.
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    Limited to 50 prints, each one is signed and numbered by both Colver and HR.  They signed the prints just before HR performed at the Whisky in Los Angeles last week.
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    Other releases in this series will feature Keith Morris, Mike Ness, Exene, Jello to name a few. Each of the upcoming prints will be signed by Colver and the artist featured in the photograph.
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    Limited to 100 signed and numbered prints, just a few of HR's prints are still available.  Order yours here before they are sold out.

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