Barred For Life: How Black Flag's Iconic Logo Became Punk Rock's Secret Handshake

Barred For Life: How Black Flag's Iconic Logo Became Punk Rock's Secret Handshake

by Stewart Dean Ebersole

Barred For Life is a photo documentary cataloging the legacy of Punk Rock pioneers Black Flag, through stories, interviews, and photographs of diehard fans who wear their iconic logo, The Bars, conspicuously tattooed upon their skin. An extensive tour of North America and Western Europe documents dedicated fans bearing Bars-on-skin and other Black Flag iconography. Nearly four hundred "Barred" fans lined up, smiled/frowned for the camera, and issued their stories for the permanent record.