Long, long ago (the 1970s), in a faraway and strange land (the 1970s), there existed a tiny anarchistic tribe called the Sex Pistols. Though noted mainly for their music, they also dabbled in the visual arts—decorating their London cave dwellings with whimsical pictures called "graffiti."
A group of archaeologists have been examining some of the Pistols' drawings at 6 Denmark Street, former home of several Pistols members and an occasional property destruction (religious) site. The researchers have published a paper in the journal Antiquity in which they write that the eight Pistolian artworks they discovered—some of which were well-hidden—possess the "immediacy and freshness" representative of the Punkish Era, which came just before the Post-Punkish Era. "The fact that the graffiti could be considered rude, offensive and uncomfortable merely enhances their status and significance. That, after all, is what punk was all about," they write.
According to the scholars, the Pistols' former living quarters should be preserved for posterity because their cartoon doodles are just as important as prehistoric drawings. "The fuck they are," this guy at The Guardian responds (in so many words).
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