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With Blackpool’s own Rebellion Punk Festival fast approaching, I spent some time talking to dedicated artist David Worth who features and sells his work at the festival and further afield. Get his story here:

Who are you and what do you do?

I am David Worth, I create digital caricatures under the name of Punk Rock Cartoons. These are cartoons of musicians, bands and people from the world of Punk, Rock, Alternative, Pop and Movies.

How long have you been in Blackpool and what’s your background?

I was born, raised and still live in Blackpool. My art background is an O Level in Art, which they gave you just for turning up when I was at school. I haven’t been to Art College or University, but then again a lot of the amazing artists I do exhibitions with haven’t either.

Dave Worth
Dave Worth

I started the cartoons in April 2010 and the first ones I did were published thanks to John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), as they appeared on his official website (under 26 July entry) and the Public Image Limited Official site. Through this I was asked if one of my cartoons could be published in John’s Limited Edition book, ‘Mr. Rotten’s Scrapbook’.  A cartoon of the Country Life Butter advert was given a full page with John’s scrawlings above and below the picture. This was the only cartoon in the book that wasn’t drawn by John himself and is something I am very proud of.

My cartoons have been used by various bands, including The International Swingers, which includes members of Blondie, Sex Pistols, Generation X, The Alarm, The Cult, etc. I have just had a cartoon published in the booklet of the latest CD by original 1976 punk band Chelsea. I have now built up a portfolio of hundreds of images of various bands and people.

I have been displaying at various festivals for a few years, including Rebellion Festival and Strummercamp. I have also been exhibiting them in America since 2012. A friend of mine there, Tequila Mockingbird, has done a fantastic job of promoting my work in Los Angeles. She organised my first exhibition in LA at the KGB studios in January 2012 which I attended.

Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand and Morrissey at the Cat & Fiddle
Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand and Morrissey at the Cat & Fiddle

Since then my work has been constantly on display in various locations around LA. Until its closure in December 2014, my work was on permanent display at The Cat and Fiddle Pub on Sunset Boulevard. This pub was the haunt of many British musicians over the years. There is a photograph of Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand and Morrissey sat at a table with my cartoon of Lemmy in full view behind them on the wall. In January 2015 I went over again to LA for another exhibition at E.B’s Beer and Wine Bar in the Farmer’s Market.

How can we find and buy your work

My work can be seen online on my Facebook  page. Most of my images are on there. I also have a website but it hasn’t been updated for quite a while. My cartoons have appeared in Blackpool Gazette, Front magazine, Digital Arts magazine and Kolekto magazine. I’ve just exhibited my work at Strummercamp Festival in Cheshire. I will also be at Rebellion Festival again in August.  In the United States my artwork is on display at E.B.’s Beer and Wine Bar, The West Patio at The Farmers Market, 3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles.

What’s next for you?

I have been doing some designs for clothing for Los Angeles fashion designer to the stars, Maggie Barry, who has designed for Cher, Lady GaGa, Ke$ha, Niki Minaj, Pamela Anderson, Rita Ora, etc. T-shirts of my cartoons are available to buy at her Downtown Los Angeles Shoppe. I am also working on new designs for Rebellion Festival and also some more animations.

To find out more or to view or buy David’s work visit www.punkrocktoons.com. You can also like him on Facebook or visit his YouTube channel. Alternatively email [email protected]

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