‘Punk Rock & Paintbrushes’ Takes it to Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago this July


Skateboarders Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi and Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly are among the artists who will appear on at Punk Rock & Paintbrushes events in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit this July.

The event that gained popularity in Southern California will take to the road this summer and the people behind it have  released a new coffee table art book: The Insides Of Artists Written By Outsiders, which features art and stories from world-renowned and new talents in the music, art, and action sports communities.

“I value each of these artists as they have affected my life in so many ways,” said Punk Rock & Paint Brushes founder Emily T. Nielsen. “Their stories are too powerful to not share with the world and we are about to do just that.”

Eric Melvin of NOFX and his lady at Punk Rock Paintbrushes - Photo by Luis Moreno
Eric Melvin of NOFX and his lady at Punk Rock Paintbrushes – Photo by Luis Moreno

Punk Rock & Paintbrushes takes to the road in July with stops in St. Louis, MO on July 14 and 15, Chicago, IL on July 16 and 17, and Detroit, MI on July 18, featuring in-person appearances and exhibits by artists-professional skateboarders Caballero, Hosoi, Jason Adams, and Hensley of Flogging Molly, photographer Blair Alley, visual artists Brian Bent and Paul Kobriger, as well as CKY and “Viva La Bam” personality Brandon Novak.

“Skateboarding and sobriety have given me everything drugs and alcohol ever promised me,” Novak said. “I am looking forward to the Punk Rock & Paintbrushes art tour to share with the world about my life and my amazing resource Novak’s House.”

A couple of years back the event drew the most eclectic of artists and musicians in Southern California, where the party was going strong in a fun, social setting.

Punk Rock and Paintbrushes drew the artistic crowd in 2019 - Photo by Luis Moreno
Punk Rock and Paintbrushes drew the artistic crowd in 2019 – Photo by Luis Moreno

General admission to each event is open to all ages, free, and grants access to the full, day-long art exhibit. Events will also host a very limited capacity VIP event which includes a book signing for The Insides Of Artists Written By Outsiders, a question and answer with all the artists, speaking engagements by Hosoi and Novak, live music by rock and roll father and daughter duo Bent Duo, and much more. See each date’s RSVP page for date-specific information.


July 14 and 15 – St. Louis, MO – 31 ART Gallery – stlprpb.eventbrite.com

July 16 and 17 – Chicago, IL – Galerie F – chicagoprpb.eventbrite.com

July 18 – Detroit, MI – El Club Gallery – detroitprpb.eventbrite.com

The Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Art Tour is powered by Monster Energy Drink and Stance Socks. At each stop, Punk Rock & Paintbrushes will be working with local skate shops doing VIP giveaways and also giving back to local nonprofits in each location.

Paintings on sneakers and skateboards were created by those including The Kills' Alison Mosshart - Luis Moreno
Paintings on sneakers and skateboards were created by those including The Kills’ Alison Mosshart – Luis Moreno

The Insides Of Artists Written By Outsiders was co-created by Punk Rock & Paintbrushes founder Emily T. Nielsen and Warren Fitzgerald of punk rock band The Vandals. Step into the minds and souls of the artists from Punk Rock & Paintbrushes. Read about their journeys, their personal lives and why art, punk rock and 2020 have created who they are today.

The book includes 26 chapters, each showcasing artwork and personal stories from participating artists, which include co-creator Warren Fitzgerald (The Vandals), as well as:

Brent Broza (visual artist), Brian Bent (visual artist), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chris Shary & Lori Herbst (visual artists), Christian Hosoi (professional skateboarder), Dan Smith (Sharp Shock), Danielle Donohue (visual artist), Jason Adams (professional skateboarder), Jason Cruz (Strung Out), Jennie Cotterill (Bad Cop / Bad Cop), Jim Lindberg (Pennywise), Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Mad Twins (visual artists), Mark DeSalvo (visual artist), Matt Hensley (Flogging Molly, professional skateboarder), Mike Gallo (Agnostic Front), Natalia Fabia (visual artist), Paul Kobriger (visual artist), Sarah Melvin (visual artist) & Eric Melvin (NOFX), Shawn Foley (visual artist), Soma Snakeoil (visual artist), Steve Caballero(professional skateboarder), and Tokyo Hiro (visual artist).

The book’s cover art was created by multi-talented fine artist, illustrator, and world-renowned graffiti artist RISK (aka Kelly Graval), and the layout was designed by Belle McClain.

The roots of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes reach back to 2007 when Nielsen asked friend Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) to paint a piece of art with the lyrics to the Rise Against song “Survive” for her after overcoming a battle with cancer. The painting has traveled around the world with Emily and is an everyday reminder that “How we survive is what makes us who we are.”

For more information:

Website: www.punkrockart.com