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Image As Virus: Better Badges In The Punk Era 1976-1983
  • Presented By: Busy Beaver Button Museum
  • Location: Busy Beaver Button Museum
  • Address: 3407 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
  • Phone: (773) 645-3359
  • Dates: August 2, 2018 - December 31, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • “Image As Virus: Better Badges In The Punk Era 1976-1983” is an exhibition devoted to punk badges/buttons. The exhibit focuses on Better Badges, a small but culturally crucial company formed by Joly MacFie (b.1950) in West London, who created the very first punk badge (pin-back button) in 1976 and went on to produce an estimated 40 million badges/buttons over the next six years.

    The rarely seen collection contains original merchandise by key punk bands and record labels such as Buzzcocks, Ramones, Crass, Suicide, Rudi, Joy Division, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex, Industrial Wombats, FAST Product, The Raincoats, Desperate Bicycles, The Slits, and Motorhead. Celebrated artists such as Barney Bubbles, Jamie Reid, Peter Fischli, Peter Saville, Malcolm Garrett, and Linder Sterling contributed many of the original designs.
    The founding principle of Better Badges was “Image As Virus, Elitism For All!”

Image As Virus: Better Badges In The Punk Era 1976-1983
  • Location: Busy Beaver Button Museum
  • Address: 3407 W Armitage Ave
  • August 2, 2018 - December 31, 2018
  • Busy Beaver Button Museum
  • Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday