Free Pussy Riot

For: Bitch magazine Gray Issue Release Party Completed: 2013
I'm continually inspired and amazed by the strength and persistence of the women of Pussy Riot. Now released from 2 years in prison, they are creating a women's prison rights organization, Justice Zone. This print is a mix of the ancient calligraphy style of the Russian Orthodox Church (Vyaz), and modern experimental typography. The words are the lyrics to the anthem performed by Pussy Riot, Punk Prayer.


Punk Prayer Lyrics

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away
Рut Putin away, put Putin away

Black robe, golden epaulettes
All parishioners crawl to bow
The phantom of liberty is in heaven
Gay-pride sent to Siberia in chains

The head of the KGB, their chief saint
Leads protesters to prison under escort
In order not to offend His Holiness
Women must give birth and love

Shit, shit, the Lord's shit!
Shit, shit, the Lord's shit!

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, become a feminist
Become a feminist, become a feminist

The Church’s praise of rotten dictators
The cross-bearer procession of black limousines
A teacher-preacher will meet you at school
Go to class - bring him money!

Patriarch Gundyaev believes in Putin
Bitch, better believe in God instead
The belt of the Virgin can’t replace mass-meetings
Mary, Mother of God, is with us in protest!

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away
Рut Putin away, put Putin away