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5.0 out of 5 stars Fluorescent Dreamers, 8 April 2010
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This review is from: Workshop of Filthy Creation: The Art of Johnny Ace and Kali Verra (Paperback)
A full spectrum of lysergic hued colour as Johnny and Kali let the reader into their creative lives. The link between Ed Roth and the post punk Cramps world of an altern universe. Comic world fantasies, stripped down buzzsaw amphetamined rock hitched to the gotherella inspirations of the high st catwalk.

Kali and Johnny apprenticed under Ed Roth. Nick Cave placed Ed back onto the culltural map with the Junkyard LP. A new generation of kids then explored the weird art cartoon cover and came up against Ed Roth the man who saved Revell. Plastic car kits of various Gassers flowed off the the production line in tandem with the customising of the Detroit conveyor belt.

Kali and Johnny did the T shirts and worked on the rest of the Big Daddy opus bringing American surreal cartoon cultural superiority back to the new punk inspired generation. This book is a testament to the resurrection of that culture, as the dynamic duo have branched into all of the highways and byways of that world, apart from making their own cars. Pinstiping German helmets, producing loud brash posterwork that could grace any squat or Manhattan boudoir with equal grace and sleaze, T Shirts and figurines.

Most importantly are the posters of Link Wray, Cramps, Damned, Rat Fink, Dick Dale and other assorted electric skulpturers festooned with lurid colours and primeval signs to this other planet. Girls, cars, rats, shrunken heads, voodoo dollies and a big dollop of imagination.

Mirror images of Lux and Ivy of the art world they keep a corner of the world forever dayglo, a thin fluorescent line keeping the beige world of work and consumption at bey. The price of this book goes to keeping that thin wall from being breached. Support this local international multi hued sleaze against the onward lumbering tedium of corporate mammon with its soporific harmonies.

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