Photo by Pirje Mykkänen


Elastic Boredom 1979 Lauri 1990, Kahvipapu Gallery Lauri 1990
AAARGHH! 1983 Broken cabinet 1993, Gallery Vanha Oh Cunt! 1991
Purple Vomit 1988 Blind Destructin 1995, Hippolyte Gallery Razorback 1991
Dark Pulp 1994 Dark Pulp 1998, Gable Gallery  
Succubus 1998 Quatermass – performance 1998  
Aquasaurus 2002 Vertigo and Nausea 2000, Hippolyte Gallery  
Petroleum Base 2007 Love and Violence 2004, Gallery Linna  


Petri Heikki Virtanen

12.2.1961 born in Lohja, Finland.

1971 starts buying Tex Willer comic books.

1972 draws his first comic strip, Astro and Apollo.

1972  big brother Jari brings home Ziggy Stardust record. Goes wild.

1976 starts playing tennis.

1978-79 An Exchange student in Hilliard, Ohio, USA.

1979 Returns to Lohja High School. Wants to be a vocalist. Forms his first rock band,

Elastic Boredomwith new classmates, Erkki Kääpä Niinimäki, Ilkka Iku Uronen and Timo

Jippo Kivistö.

1980 Jippo leaves the band due to musical differences. Drums by Harri Hartsa Laine and

bass by Ari Pihi Pihlström are added to the line-up.

1981 Graduates high school. Elastic Boredom quits.

1981-82 Hates army.  Meets Pete Anttonen and Delay there.

1983 Works in a lime stone factory.

1983 New band AAARGHH!  with Kääpä, Iku and bass player Matti Nutku Katajanmäki. 

Lasts one weird year.

1984-85 Studies art at Orivesi art school.

1985-86 Works as a cleaner in a subway station in Sörnäinen, Helsinki.

1987 After 7 attempts, finally gets to the Photography department of the University of

Industrial Arts, Helsinki.

1988 Rock band Purple Vomit is born, Virtanen sings and takes the bass duties. Erkki

Nipa Niinimäki on guitar and vocals, Ari Arska Siitonen on Drums.

1988 Meets guitarist Veli-Pekka Puka Oinonen through Delay, starts writing lyrics and

singing to Puka´s compositions.

1990 First solo Art Exhibition Lauri at Kahvipapu gallery. Photographs and a video.

1992 Purple Vomit disbands.

1993 Becomes MA from the Photography Department. Graduation exhibition is called

Broken Cabinet, horror photographs and drawings, at gallery Vanha.

1994 Dark Pulp is formed, with Nipa and Björn Bjöna Lindström on drums.

1995 More horror photographs. Blind Destruction opens at Hippolyte Gallery.

1998 DarkPulp art exhibition at Cable  Gallery. Various art works by the band members, 

plus Quatermass-performance and a concert by the band on the opening night.

1998  Dark Pulp dissolves, continues working with Puka, under the pseudonym Succubus.

2000 Vertigo and Nausea, horror photographs at Hippolyte gallery.

2002 the duo of Succubus changes its name to Aquasaurus, and starts playing electric

with Kai Kaitsu Järvinen on guitar, John John Lillrank on bass and Petri Pete Lehtelä

on drums.

2004 Love and Violence, horror photos at gallery Linna.

2004 Setu People, photo exhibition at Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art.

2005 John quits music business, Ludde takes up the bass guitar of Aquasaurus.

2007 Forms the band Petroleum Base with Mikko Haapanen on drums, and Petri Pete Anttonen 

on guitar.

2013 Keeps on truckin´.