Merch on Tour, Europe!

Both Heartless (US), and The Long Haul (UK) will be on tour seperately through October/November 2012, and will have merch with designs shown on here previously. Get out and support these bands, support hardcore!!

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Accolades 11.11

Forgot to post this earlier, but it meant a lot to have a mini-feature on the best advertising and design blog in town, The Denver Egotist. I’m a huge fan of the site and it generated a lot of web activity over here, giving me a chance to fly high among my professional peers with the punk rock.

Heartless t-shirt

Here is a new shirt design for the Heartless/Full of Hell tour. It’s printed black-on-black for the true cvlt hardcore kids that need fashionably-forward gear, shown here on dark grey. There were many iterations of this design – even more than the album itself – but this design is the final. Maybe I’ll post those up since it might be interesting to see the evolution of such things all at once.

Get this shirt and others at Heartless’ BigCartel store.

Heartless – Hell is Other People LP-CD art and design

Here is the latest work I’ve completed for Pittsburgh’s Heartless. The LP is entitled Hell is Other People, after the Jean-Paul Sartre play No Exit, where it is revealed that the characters are locked in a room and have no torturers other than themselves. While working on visuals that would carry the theme, we came up with a central figure in collapse with disembodied eyes implying that these people are our judges, always staring. The back cover references isolation and broken teeth in the lyrics. There were some discussions whether this project would be in color or B/W, and ultimately B/W was decided, wherein the gatefold art needed to be done as well. I’m glad, and I love how the stark black with rough grey washes rounded everything out and gave the project a frantic, darkened look. Heartless‘ music is the real highlight (lowlight?) of all this – it’s a grimy, ugly and enraged slice of metal, hardcore, thrash and sludge all blended together into something really unique. This grey-blooded death beast was a true joy to be part of and I really moved forward with some of my own work. The LP/CD will be on Southern Lord, my favorite label and it’s easily one of the best. Needless to say I am excited and humbled.