Raymond Pettibon (b. 1957 as Raymond Ginn) is an American artist known for his illustrations and paintings that combine text and image in his signature comic-book style, which he has developed since the late 1970s. He initially gained recognition for his involvement within the Southern California punk scene through his close affiliation with the band, Black Flag. In addition to naming the band, Pettibon designed the band’s iconic 4-bar flag logo. Continuing through the mid 80s he would serve as the band’s artist and his drawings dominated the band’s promotional materials. His black and white controversial drawings, satirizing authority, religion, and politics provided an immediate identity for the punk movement developing at that time. They took the form of flyers that travelled throughout the punk rock scene. With his Black Flag success, Pettibon has been exhibiting his illustrations since the mid 1980s. He has been with David Zwirner since 1995 and he is also represented by Regen Projects in Los Angeles. Often the image and the text in Pettibon’s pieces are discordant. He once remarked: “The work is supposed to be finished by the reader… I'm meeting them halfway but it's supposed to expand from the small scene on the paper. It's a starting point towards creating a world in the imagination." Recurring characters/themes in his work are Vavoom, Gumby, surfing and baseball. Pettibon cites Goya, William Bake, Edward Hopper, and The Ashcan School as his main influences. See also Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Paul McCarthy, and Ed Ruscha.