This photo was taken at the 2nd show I ever saw at 924 Gilman (Jan. 11, 1991).
To give some color to the culture of things at that time: At the very first show I went to upon moving to CA, I met a girl about my age. She seemed very involved in the scene and after that 1st show, she sent me a cassette with all the hottest new hardcore bands on it. One band the girl turned me onto was Downcast. So, I went to see and take photos of Downcast with Born Against, The Hated, Grinch, and Econochrist. I had just moved from Salt Lake City and was only really used to ‘youth crew’ posi-core. The Bay Area scene was very different and I attribute that to my interest in varied strains of punk and my general radicalization.
Econochrist were a big part of Bay Area punk/hardcore in the 90’s. Over 20 years later, I am now friends with Ben, the guy in this photo. I love the Bay Area.
This photo was taken around 1994. This is Rex from Portraits of Past. This show took place at some house where someone from Rancid lived and, I think, featured in one of Rancid’s video. At the time, with Rancid’s newfound pop success, we all got a big kick out of it. I attended the show with a b-boy friend of mine who commented afterwards, “I was the only guy in there with a fade!”
Going through some old cd’s, I came across The Honor System “Single File” Japanese release (2000) which I did the cover art for.
The front and back covers are images I created -edited by my good friend, Ryo Matsuura, who was working for Asian Man Records Japan. As you can see, “Yankees Go Home” was removed from the front image. The back image is of Vietnamese soldiers raising the flag. I know nothing about The Honor System and they had nothing to do with this layout.