John John Jesse
John John Jesse (born 1969) is an illustrative painter from New York City's Lower East Side in the Juxtapoz gonzo-pop vein. He often shows as soon as artists similar to Esao Andrews. Jesse has cited Gustav Klimt, Caravaggio, Béla Iványi-Grünwald, and Mark Ryden as influences
He painted the girls he grew up with, citing the punk lifestyle of girls and drugs. Most of the people featured in his act out are contacts of his. They are generally nude or partially disrobed, in situations that are both fantastical and gritty. Jesse has, to date, two self confirmed series of renderings. The first consisting of black & white drawings he calls the "Baby Demonica" series and the second, full color paintings he calls the "Demonica Erotica" series. His paintings have been exhibited and sold at Art @ Large, a New York City erotic art gallery.
Jesse was a founding aficionado and bassist of the New York Crust punk band, Nausea. The band toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe and disbanded in 1992. He has designed posters and album art for bands considering Agnostic Front. He is a former guitar player for the band Morning Glory.
In 2005, Vivian Giourousis interviewed the player for Hoard magazine and asked him to clarify punk rock. He replied, "…punk rock was the world in which I entered at 14 years obsolescent because I didn't fit in anywhere, not at school, not in imitation of friends, and not considering my family. Back in the 80's we were everything serious misfits who didn't belong, and together we were REALLY united. We everything came from broken homes, we were victims of child abuse, we were angry, political, idealistic, drunk and proud. Basically punk stone music goes more than the realms of just being a music scene. It's a lifestyle and commitment. It's my world, and honestly it's whatever I know and it's where I fit."