OWEN and Patrick Cool collaborate on the second edition of the new quarterly newspaper Jerry’s Kids. In the ten-page spread, OWEN illustrates a story from one of Patrick’s trip to San Diego two summers ago. Aesthetically reminiscent of the collage, stencils and ransom lettering of 80s punk zines, OWEN chronicles Patrick’s first hand account of the local hero Jerry the Street Dad aka “the best Street Dad that ever lived” with black pen on tracing paper. In a story of admiration and tragedy, Patrick describes a day in San Diego when Jerry saved all the punk kids from being arrested by throwing a hornet’s nest at a cop car. Spending his time looking for the punk kids at the beach and “slamming blue lagoons” Jerry’s life comes to an abrupt end, one that Patrick describes as a, “very fitting end for Jerry’s life and a good story to remember him by”. The miscellany of sketches and text are scanned and reproduced to create a harsh, raw, low-fi, DIY aesthetic - a style for easy distribution at low cost. Along with its punk graphics, the story itself is reminiscent of iconoclastic and satirical sensibilities of punk literature.
“In retrospect all that San Diego stuff is a bummer, it was romantic at the time, but people are doing unhealthy things- it’s not a great way to live. I just wanted to go to California, I took a bus from Minneapolis, to a bus for 8 days and saw the weirdest shit, just the weirdest fucking shit over and over again…I had to sprint across the inter state in Texas because some cowboy in a pickup truck was tryna run me down a parking lot because I wouldn’t let him suck my dick, the whole trip was just so fucking weird”
“Did you get what you wanted from California?
OWEN and Patrick met on a year and a half ago on New Years. Friends ever since Patrick tells a lot of stories to OWEN, and OWEN liked Jerry’s story in particular. OWEN went to OCAD for print and Patrick is a literary school drop out.