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Boy Punk

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bahouth, Candace (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tapestry, woven, with applied fabric, nylon bristles, pin badges, safety pins and metal chains, other mixed media and found objects, in fabric covered frame

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Candace Bahouth studied Fine Art at Syracuse University in the USA and tapestry weaving under the tutelage of Archie Brennan in Edinburgh. Bahouth produces large and small scale tapestries, exploring the contemporary trend towards smaller, less monumentual work. This trend was reflected in the brief for the first tapestry biennale in Lausanne in 1962, which stated that all exhibits were restricted to a minimum size of five metres square. Figurative rather than abstract imagery continued to attract many weavers in the 20th century and Bahouth is no exception. Self expression and presentation are extremely important in the subjects featured in her weaving and she tends to concentrate on individuals that represent their culture or sub culture by the clothes they wear, their hairstyle, make up and jewellery. Girl Punk and Boy Punk demonstrate how Bahouth often depicts a character whose appearance plays an integral role in their society. Her weaving concentrates on the figure, which she then brings to life in relief using trompe l'oeil effects, adding a mixture of appropriate accessories and warp-woven fabrics. The subjects in Girl Punk and Boy Punk were first seen by the artist in a tea shop in Bath.

Physical description

Knotted and woven tapestry depicting a male punk. The face and 'ripped' T shirt are knotted into the tapestry. The sitter has an 'A' for Anarchy between his eyes. The three-dimensional hair is yellow and green nylon bristles styled into spikes Heavy metal chain applied to make necklace, held together with safety pin, also chain of safety pins connecting nose and ear. T-shirt has tapestry weave slogans 'PUNK', 'RESPECT' and a swastika, and is decorated with numerous badges and 3 safety pins, one with a razor blade threaded on it, one with a number of drinks can ring-pulls, and one with a disposable plastic spoon. The badges bear a wide variety of slogans and designs, mainly referring to punk bands and figures such as 'The Clash', Sid Vicious, and 'Flux Of Pink Indians'. Frame custom-made and covered in a stylized camouflage print fabric.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1980 (made)


Bahouth, Candace (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tapestry, woven, with applied fabric, nylon bristles, pin badges, safety pins and metal chains, other mixed media and found objects, in fabric covered frame

Marks and inscriptions

White peace symbol on black ground
Badge #1

Black and white face with Anarchy 'A' over forehead
Badge #2

Lime green peace symbol on black
Badge #3

Black badge with skull in pirate hat & crossed pistols, 'ADAM'
Badge #4

'CRASS', above picture of Statue of Liberty & 2 unidentified men holding sign reading 'Bloody Revolutions'
Badge #5

'A' [for Anarchy]
Badge #6

'Theatre of Hate' [above human face]
Badge #7

'Japan' [superimposed over male figure]
Badge #8

'The Ants' [scrawled on the back of a man kneeling before a pair of female stockinged legs]
Badge #9

'Bad Manners' [above image of man sticking tongue out]
Badge #10

'Bauhaus' [and face]
Badge #11

Photograph of Sid Vicious
Badge #12

Photograph of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen
Badge #13

Badge #14

The Legend Lives On [with picture of Sid Vicious]
Badge #15

Badge #16

Pewter skull
Badge #17

FRANZ KAFKA [with image of Kafka's face]
Badge #18

'A' [for Anarchy, on crotch of woman's panties, close-up image showing panties crotch & stocking-tops]
Badge #19

ENEMY / OF THE / STATE [on brick wall, with crown on top]
Badge #20

FLUX OF PINK INDIANS [with pink peace sign and stylised cartoon of American Indian]
Badge #21

FLUX OF PINK INDIANS [with cartoon depiction of American Indian in fringed tunic]
Badge #22

FLUX OF PINK INDIANS [with black and white face]
Badge #23

'Killing / Joke / Killing / Joke / Killing / Joke'
Badge #24

Badge #25

Badge #26

Image of Sid Vicious on a red X
Badge #27

Badge #28

DISCHARGE [above heavily shadowed face]
Badge #29

Slogan on T-shirt

Slogan on T-shirt


Width: 65 cm, Height: 81 cm, Depth: 10 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1985/2.

Descriptive line

Knotted and woven tapestry 'Boy Punk', made by Candace Bahouth, London, 1980.


Wool (textile); Pile weave; Nylon; Safety pin; Metal chain; Metal; Plastic


Tapestry; Applied work; Printing

Subjects depicted

Peace symbol; Photographs; Spirals; Punk culture; Swastika; Statue of Liberty; Saint George's crosses; Crowns (headdresses); Brick walls; Pistols; Underwear; Anarcho-pacifism; Punks (persons); Camouflage; Skull; Native Americans (representation); Anarchy (motif); Man; Woman


Tapestry; Textiles; Body Art; Personal accessories; Portraits

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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