Creative Foundation & Offerings


The mid to late 1980s were my most formative and rebellious years.


I can remember as far back as sixth grade when we had an art assignment to design a record album cover for our favorite album. Of course, at the time my tiny record player was wearing grooves into Duran Duran’s epic album Seven and the Ragged Tiger, so I set out to design my very own cover for the album. I decided to do a split face tiger and woman with a graffiti style background. I wish I still had the art because it came out pretty damn good for being in sixth grade!


This past weekend I celebrated 30 years since my first punk rock haircut.


Those were the days!

I remember asking Mom-ster before her and dad went on vacation that summer of 1988 if I could cut my hair shorter on one side. She yelled, “I don’t care, it’s your hair! Leave me alone!”

my awesome punk rock hairAfter they left, I walked my happy little punk rock ass up to the nearest salon and had my hair cut exactly as I wanted it – super short on the right side. Shortly after, I ran home, sprayed a ton of hairspray on my new do, and spiked my hair for the first time; the other side I crimped and it covered part of my face. 

The punk rock transformation had begun, even though I had the attitude long before the look.

In memory of my young punk rock self and to garner some much-needed inspiration to break through my creative block, I attempted to channel the spirit of my sixteen-year-old self by purchasing a throwback Pepsi, a bag of Cheetos, a classic Slim Jim, completing the ensemble with a Marlboro menthol (which I still have yet to light up), a fresh, new composition notebook and a red ink pen. 


I ventured out to where I used to go to be alone and write when I was younger, although the trip was short-lived due to the extreme heat and humidity we had in the area. That didn’t stop me from jamming out to the music from the magical Summer of 1988 in my car.


Music definitely lead the charge of my rebellious youth with a powerful soundtrack filled with Depeche Mode, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, and The Smiths – just to name a few.


These Post-Punk Classic Alternative bands not only helped me make it through some tough times as a teenager, but they also fueled and fostered my creative flow, whether it was my writing or my art.

But it wasn’t just those Classic Alternative bands who fueled that creative fire inside of me – it was also pop and rock music videos of the ’80s as well, you know, when MTV actually played music videos.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, J. Geils Band, and Van Halen were among the top rock bands with videos that planted creative seeds in my head, of which I am still reaping the benefits of today. The playlist that follows has most of these amazing music videos showcased.

Since I’m writing this I’d say the offering to my sixteen-year-old self did indeed work. 

The one thing that absolutely boggles my mind though, is how the hell did I survive the Summer of 1988 wearing all black 99% of the time, along with a black London Fog trench coat in the midst of a massive heat wave?

That was pure punk rock dedication to my look.

Vive le Punk Rock! Here’s to the next 30 years!



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Creative Foundation

  1. Love Stinks – J. Geils Band
  2. The Sun Always Shines on TV – a-ha
  3. Mexican Radio – Wall of Voodoo
  4. Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  5. Hot For Teacher – Van Halen
  6. Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
  7. I Need A Man – Eurythmics
  8. Notorious – Duran Duran
  9. Election Day – Arcadia
  10. Get It On (Bang A Gong) – The Power Station
  11. What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) – Information Society
  12. Pump Up The Volume – M|A|R|R|S
  13. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
  14. Big Time – Peter Gabriel
  15. Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed
  16. Venus – Bananarama
  17. One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
  18. Love Is The Slug – Fuzzbox
  19. Peek A Boo – Siouxsie & the Banshees
  20. Blue Jean – David Bowie
  21. Never Say Never – Romeo Void
  22. Behind The Wheel – Depeche Mode
  23. Bring On The Dancing Horses – Echo & The Bunnymen
  24. Ask – The Smiths
  25. A Night Like This – The Cure
  26. The Great Commandment – Camouflage
  27. Sympathy For The Devil – Laibach
  28. Inside Out – The Mighty Lemon Drops
  29. What You Need – INXS
  30. No New Tale To Tell – Love & Rockets
  31. Spirit In The Sky – Doctor & The Medics
  32. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
  33. Blue Monday 88 – New Order
  34. Underneath The Radar – Underworld
  35. Stigmata – Ministry
  36. Kooler Than Jesus – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
  37. Head Like A Hole – Nine Inch Nails