Lauren Utter‘s frenzied, raw, fluid drawings of punk kids partying and hanging out feel like a few house parties or shows you’ve probably been to. You can taste the cheap beer, smell the smoke, and feel the bodies being crushed against your own in her pictures. The New Jersey-born artist’s work is influenced by her own experiences panhandling in New York’s Lower East Side, hopping freight trains, and living in some interesting places. Her fringe characters all have stories to tell, and like the found materials she works with, Utter won’t let people discard them easily — even the ones about “barfday.” Click through for more of Utter’s drawings.
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