INTERVIEW WITH PAUL KOSTABI: PART 1
Paul: This PAINTING is called DEMONIC and is a collaboration between my
brother Mark Kostabi, Dee Dee Ramone and me Paul Kostabi. A guy in San
Francisco bought it. He has a band called Yanni Rotten.
Copyrightę 2001 -> for everything in this page by Jari-Pekka
OBS, this is a short interview. You can find from my Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone book 8,5 long and extensive interview I did
with Paul Kostabi and Heidi Follin at their house.
Paul Kostabi has known Dee Dee for over ten years and has been painting
and playing music much of his life. His works have appeared in galleries
throughout the world. He's recorded numerous records with his band
Youth Gone Mad for LA's Posh Boy Records and is currently living in
New York City. Dee Dee recently suggested to Paul that they should
collaborate on some artwork and the two have been going strong ever
Check out Empty Records to get some
really cool Youth Gone Mad -records, some also feature Dee Dee Ramone And
more about Youth Gone
Interview: January 25, 2001.
Jari-Pekka: 1) How did you met with Dee
I met Dee Dee at Arturo Vegas the RAMONES creative genius guy about 12
years ago. That's when Dee Dee gave me the idea for the Pollenate CD
design and T-shirt. I call it the Safety Pin Globe Logo Design.
Jari-Pekka: 2) You and your brother
are worked some collaboration works together with Dee Dee. How many at all
and can you tell something about them?
We have done one so far , DEMONIC and it is one of my favorite paintings
that I have done. We plan on doing more as soon as everyone gets back from
being on tour. Dee Dee is in Japan and Mark is in ROME doing piano
Jari-Pekka: 3) Can you tell
something about this coming exhibition of your recent paintings, how wide
exhibition is and is there your collaboration works
The exhibition is at Destroy All Music
3818 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles (Silverlake), CA
March 2nd, 2001
You can email them for more info.
Basically it is 12 , 12 x 12 inch paintings all collaborations with
Spraypaint oil marker and collage. They are all beautiful and the same
size as old record jackets.
(PRESS RELEASE INFO: Former Ramones bassist, Dee Dee Ramone and Youth
Mad leader and LA native, Paul "Ena" Kostabi will be showcasing some of
their current work in a show called 12x12x12 at Destroy All Music
with previews beginning on March 1st. The show's official opening
will be held on Friday March 9th at 6pm. 12x12x12 will be
the first art showing held at the Silverlake record store and it's
the first time Ramone's and Kostabi's works have been shown
together in Los Angeles.
Each of the paintings is unique and done specifically for
12x12x12. They are one of a kind and are the size of an LP record
jacket. The paintings will be available for purchase beginning at the
start of the previews. The show will run seven days a week during
regular store hours through Saturday March 31st, 2001.)
Jari-Pekka: 4) Can you
introduce Follin Gallery?
It is an on line gallery that features about 10 artists mainly but we have
exhibitions in NY on the weekends Saturday and Sunday at 166 second ave NY
Jari-Pekka: 5) How you describe Dee
Dee like a painter?
Dee Dee is good. He comes up with good color solving techniques. Very
soothing. His characters are very funny and sometimes disturbed but I
think he is a very good painter and artist.
6) Dee Dee painted cover arts for the Youth Gone Mad -releases: Rotten '7
and Pollenate-CD. Also played songs on Touching Cloth -CD? Do you wanna
tell something about these?
Yes he did. That was very nice. He plays guitar with his heart everything
that comes out is perfect. Not a Poison Heart at all.
The covers he did are both wonderful, He might do the next CD artwork as
Jari-Pekka:7) What Youth Gone Mad
We are going on a mini tour in June on the east coast of USA. I have a 17
year old guitarist and a 12 year old singer now so it will be very
interesting and truly MAD. We are also going to record a very punk rock 7
(Thanks really to you Paul Kostabi)