i just tripped across some old "CARtoons" mags from the late 80's that were peppered with shawn kerri's work. one of the issues even has a removable full color poster insert that she drew! nolan strals earlier in this thread mentioned her work for CARtoons.
way cool stuff stuff. she really was exceptional all around. a master.
i just got reliable word that shawn kerri is actually alive. she is currently leading a private existence. if given permission i will tell you all more. but, for now, sleep assured knowing she is, indeed, alive.
Shawn was a huge inspiration for me, in learning about the punk scene, during the making of ART OF ROCK. She spent many hours with me late, late at night, on the phone, regaling me with story after story. It was kinda like hearing the story line to DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION before Penelope Spheeris composed the movie. She had links to Griffin, no question. She loved to draw, to cartoon. It came naturally. I think she led many different lives at the same time. I miss her to this day. RIP Shawn.
Turns out that she died years after they claimed she did.
Talked to the guy that did Blackmarket zine, he went to her mom's house, she was taking care of her, she had become an alcholic,
and was really sick. She died from falling down stairs. He said he saw her alive at the mom's house a good five years after she was originally said to have been dead, but she is for sure dead now (maybe).
If Stinky hasn't gotten an answer to his question from three years ago, we had a thread running about which poster artists we'd love to see posting here, & both EMEK & I jumped up & wanted to hunt down Shawn Kerri,... the results were that someone posted her obituary. She died in the late 80's, ... I have her Skank kids tattooed on my right leg, in an endless circle pit,...
This is a link to an old bit I did on her: http://www.drowningcreek.com/06_manifesto/03_kerri/kerri.html
Like Rick Griffin, she's one of those people I've never met, but somehow end up missing.
Randomized. I found this quote here:
''The 'Germs Return!' flier had quite an impact on people. It was done for the show they performed shortly before Darby Crash, their lead singer, killed himself with an overdose. He didn't know what I was going to do - he didn't tell me that's what he wanted - he only said ''do a flier.'' I did it, and when I showed him the art, he was strangely excited by it. It was like a pre-post-mortem. I wondered later if he liked the Death's Head motif (the skull and the mohawk are undoubtedly him) because he had suicide on his mind. It was very spookey.''
- Shawn Kerri
trosley...yeah, for a while i couldn't draw cars that weren't peeling out, riding high above those big smoking, fat ass tires...he also drew some pretty nasty cartoons for hustler (or was it swank? who knows, it's all the same...)
my introduction to Shawn's work was in CARtoons magazine...which was kinda like if MAD had only been about automobiles....hot rods, off-roading, drag racing, corvette etc. themed issues. I bought it religiously from like 3rd through 5th grade, (this was in the mid-late 80's) and still have them! then my family moved to a town where no one carried it. Peterson Publishing put it out.
I learned so much about drawing at that age from Kerri and some of the other artists in there George Trosley (with his "how to draw (insert car type here)" section, etc. so it was cool years later to find out she had also been so involved in punk rock when I got into it.
That's the last I saw of her... though I'm sure her talents must have popped up elsewhere.