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My new A Quiet Place poster was just announced, here’s some detail shots - #Repost @mondonews with @get_repost ・・・ This week we're releasing two of our favorite posters in recent memory - THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH by @tropical_toxic & A QUIET PLACE by @msaputo! On Sale Tomorrow at a random time via mondotees.com. #screenprintedposters #screenprint #aquietplace

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Mr. MPC Head. Narrowly missed this guy for @thebeathustle #logo #logomark

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@royceda59 logo done last year in conjunction with the #bookofryan packaging. Also posted is a number of other concepts presented to him that didn’t make it to final. If things go the way you hope they will, you end up with every logo you present being one you’d be happy with going to final. It’s those times you throw in a logo you’re not sure about that they pick that one, haha. #logo #hiphop #logomark #detroit #typography #lettering

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#Repost @mondonews with @get_repost ・・・ A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Soundtrack LP ( @texasfrightmareweekend edition + Mondo online exclusive) & Frightmare edition of EVIL DEAD - A NIGHTMARE REIMAGINED 2XLP are ON SALE NOW! mondotees.com

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@mondonews is heading to @texasfrightmareweekend May 3-5 and bringing along the NOES soundtrack I did. This was originally only available with the box set, but is now available as a stand alone WITH a gatefold featuring the tweaked art I did for a previous Mondo poster. If you’re by Austin this weekend and fancy yourself a fan of Freddy, pull through. #mondo @deathwaltzrecs #austintexas #noes #nightmareonelmstreet #st #soundtrack #vinyl

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Few covers for Slaughterhouse’s single “My Life” from 2012. First one wasn’t chosen but was one I really dug. Second one was the first iteration of the final cover, before the legal department got a hold of it and made me change the Ferrari type and insignia. #slaughterhouse @shadyrecords #mylife #singlecover #cover #rap #art #design

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That one time i tried to get my Roger Dean on. #typography #rogerdean #handlettering #pencil

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I don’t know about y’all, but isn’t it about time for the sequel to the sequel? And no, this isn’t some subtle hint that another album is coming, as there is no sign of anything anytime soon. I’m just ready for it, it’s been a looong time. @eminem @royceda59 #badmeetsevil #shadyrecords #detroit #hellthesequaltothesequal

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There’s a lesson for you kiddies. Never pick up hitchhikers...on the hood of your car. 2016. #creepshow2 @arrowvideo #limitededition #bluray #stephenking @gnicotero #georgeromero

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Happy 40th to a classic. My @mondonews poster from 2015. @don_coscarelli #phantasm40 #phantasm

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#typography #handdrawntype #lettering #handlettering

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Backing up files I found this old one from 2012. This was @losangelesconfidential original cover for #jesuspiece standard edition. The deluxe was my stained glass concept that riled all the religious folk up. This one was approved and set to print, but a last minute decision changed the cover to the version paying homage to his brother who was killed. #thegame #packaging #design #compton #hiphop

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#tbt to that time in 2011 when my merch concepts (here’s a few) were presented to @liltunechi and it’s 2019 and still haven’t heard a response. You think he’s still thinking about it? Lol. #weezy #merch #tee #parody #typography #logo #nirvana

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Watershed moment. @wearedelasoul #threefeethighandrising #30years #daisyage #sketch #hiphop #nativetongues

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Who me? Pencil and photoshop #sketch #merch #wraith #pencil #photoshop

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R stands for Ravens. #logo #logomark #raven

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It’s #dreday happy bday to the man. Inner panel done for the #compton album. 2015. Layout by myself and shot by @jeremydeputat @drdre #impala #california #hiphop

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#tbt to the old agency days on the @kelloggsus account when I got to whip up @thesimpsons @starwars and @theincredibles cereal boxes among others. Good times. #cereal #cerealboxes #simpsons #starwars #theincredibles #design

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Some random logos and illos done during the exploration phase of what to put on the #kamikaze jet. @eminem @shadyrecords #logos #exploration #packaging #detroit #313

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Just killin’ time. #logo #eye #logos #s

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Also, my #petsematary vinyl gets the @mondonews @steelbook treatment for the 30th anniversary. #4k #mondo #steelbook

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Scrapped. #1color #vinyl #insert #petsematary

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This wax is 🔥. @eminem @shadyrecords #vinyl #redcamo #kamikaze

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So many D’s. Exploration phase for a rebrand. #detroit #logo #branding

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Picked up a copy of @marvel hip hop covers Vol 2. Nice book. Crazy that my @drdre #Compton cover was one of the covers chosen. I love it. Such a genius idea these covers... love the rough sketches. My only suggestion for the book would be to put the original cover for comparison, and maybe give the original designers/artists credit? #marvelcomics #marvelhiphopcovers #marvelhiphopvariants

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Incredibly generous care package of @eminem #kamikaze merch came yesterday with my artwork all over it. Man I love it when I see it all come to fruition. That pillow 🔥! Thank you @famehouse ! Much love! #eminem #merch #samples #shady

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Cant forget that @wutangclan also 25 years ago today. Classic material and a watershed moment in hip hop. Another quick sketch up in honor of two of my favorites. #enterthewutang36chambers @methodmanofficial @mastakillamusic @realghostfacekillah @ugod_zilla @gza @raekwon @rza @mathematicswu @officialcappadonna #wutang #odb

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“Hello. This is your Midnight Marauder program. I’m on the front of your cover. I will be enhancing your cassettes and cds with certain facts you may find beneficial. The average bounce meter for your midnight marauder program will be in the area of 95 bpms. We hope that you will find our presentation precise, bass heavy, and just right. Thanks.” 25 years ago today. From front to back, from package art to content - an all time classic. Little tribute sketch I did up. @atcq @qtiptheabstract @alishaheed @iamthephifer #tribecalledquest #midnightmarauders #hiphopclassic #goldenage #sketch #tribute

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5 years ago today @Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 came out. Here’s some outtakes from the packaging photoshoot by my man @jeremydeputat Fun Fact: The “condemned” back cover tracklisting on mmlp2 was an actual condemned notice from a house down Dresden. I photoshopped it, put the song titles on and hand wrote Dresden in the blank. @shadyrecords #mmlp2 #5years #eminem #rickrubin #detroit #whatupdoe #dresden

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@finger_eleven tee design from 2010 or so. #merch #bandmerch #tee #illustration #typography

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@Eminem bday and @detroitpistons opening night. Coincidence? Here’s a few years old collab tee we did. Went back to 1979 with these and the lightning bolt uni’s with @dickiev_espn at the helm. #tee #eminem #detroitpistons #merch #nba

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My parents used to have a painting over the fireplace. It was this portrait of a woman, who’s eyes locked on you no matter where you were in the room. This kinda reminds me of that. Kinda. Little bit. Just doing some messing around with some various techniques. #sketch #messinaround #exploring #eyes #illustration #photoshop #applepencil @astropadapp

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Some more random Em shit. @eminem @shadyrecords #eminem #detroit #shady #whatupdoe #merch #tee #concept

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Tis’ the season. I guess there’s no better time than the present to post some unused crap from the @deathwaltzrecs @mondonews #halloween box set brain dump. Tightened it up a little bit. #michaelmyers #slasher #horror #conceptart #boxset #illustration #sketch

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Repost from @deathwaltzrecs using @RepostRegramApp - HALLOWEEN - 40th Anniversary Edition. Incredible art by @msaputo. The spot varnish on this cover just completely pushes it over the edge. Incredible work. #halloween #michaelmyers #johncarpenter

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My inner spread for @slaughterhouse #welcometoourhouse CD release. 2012. I tried to tie in to the bizarro rap frat vibe they had going on with this release. @shadyrecords @royceda59 @joellortiz @kxngcrooked @joebudden #cdpackaging #photoillustration

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Throwback to this month in 2008. I was doing a lot of CD packaging for @smallstonerecords this was probably one of my favorite covers I did for them. I was still finding my way a bit in terms of illustration, but this one still holds up I think. #cdpackaging #coverartwork #illustration

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It’s #hoodieseason ! #october #halloween #sketch #michaelmyers

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Here’s my #Halloween package for @deathwaltzrecs @mondonews This one had a number of people not happy with the art. I wanted to explain reasoning behind my approach as there has been a lot of negative comments. Not liking the art is one thing. I can deal with that. Saying it’s wrong is a whole ‘nother thing. The cover was inspired by Annie’s death scene with the fogged windows. It was not meant to be a specific scene in the movie but to incorporate the same mood, color and eeriness of that scene. Google foggy window and you’ll see it’s not so far fetched. Moisture dripping on the window - that’s the fall season in Illinois. I thought it would be cool to do a varnish layer for the moisture drips, and we did that. As for the back cover and spread? You know, there’s gaps in between what’s explicitly presented in the film (plot) versus what’s not shown (story) and they can both be viable. Did it rain for a few hours on the night of the 30th after Michael got to Haddonfield as he was searching? Plot didn’t show that, but is it that crazy to think it did rain briefly since it rained at the sanitarium earlier that night? To me a fact like it was cold and wet didn’t even bother him added to his freakishness, and that’s part of his lore. As for the Huskers, they were around then that’s not a stretch. Originally Michael was in the scene but got nixed. Listen, I filled in some gaps that I thought would still be part of the implicit story with this release and I’m still happy with it, but Iooking back it was risky and it obviously didn’t please a lot of people who might be more linear in thinking and wanted a specific scene from the film. Frankly, that’s been done to death and I wanted to try something different. I’m sorry so many people don’t like it, but Death Waltz, Mondo, Trancas Films, and I was told even Akkad loved it. So for me, those were my clients and I made them happy, so I’m straight. But one of my goals behind every project I do is to please everyone, obviously that didn’t happen here and that’s a bummer. Like I always say - you win some, you lose some. You can’t please everyone, that’s fact. #halloween #1978 #michaelmyers #packaging #vinyl #horror

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2010 Recovery merch unused design. At least I don’t think we ever used it. This was a play off the UAW and union logos. I still really like this one...maybe I’ll repurpose it one day. @eminem @shadyrecords #detroit #313 #whatupdoe #logo #merch

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#Repost @deathwaltzrecs with @get_repost ・・・ The night he came home.... sneak peak of the insanely beautiful art for our forthcoming Halloween 40th anniversary reissue by @msaputo . Your jaw will be on the floor when you see this in full. #halloween #michaelmyers #soon #verysoon

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I do miss doing typography by hand. 2004 gigposter boom - trying to get my #rickgriffin on for @smallstonerecords #detroit #austin #sxsw #gigposter #screenprint

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I think this may have been 2011. Supporting the #badmeetsevil release, we dropped this limited edition #screenprint I worked up. Don’t know about you all, but I’m hoping on a reunion at some point. @eminem @royceda59 @shadyrecords #detroit #whatupdoe #illustration

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There’s only so many things I hold on to, but my old vinyl classics will always have a place. The essence...or as the kids may say these days - “dad rap” lol @pmd_mic_doc @erick_sermon @therealspooniegee @imroxanneshante @mixmasterice @publicenemyftp #utfo #roxanneshante #mantronix #spooniegee #2livecrew #publicenemy #epmd #hiphop #vinyl #classic #defjam @defjam @sleepingbagrecords #tuffcityrecords #coldchillin

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My favorite pieces I did from the @shadyrecords #shadyxv packaging released...damn, 4 years ago already. Can you name all the artists that make up the second panel? #shady #packaging #detroit #hiphop

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Here’s a bit of behind the scenes of how @eminem #kamikaze cover came to be. The initial direction was Marshall wanted it to be an HOMAGE to Beastie Boys “Licensed to Ill”, except for it should be a kamikaze pilot crashing into something. Cool, okay. So I went to the drawing board. I wanted to give him what he wanted, but I also wanted to explore myself a bit more just to give him some other options to consider. My personal opinion was I was a bit leery of doing Beasties TOO closely. So I did a range of composition plays on the Beasties, and also some completely different concepts. I thought there were some pretty strong concepts that veered away from the Licensed to Ill art. All in all though Marshall really was set on the Licensed homage, so that’s what we went with. Next step was finalizing the composition and deciding what kind of plane to use, and then what the graphics on the plane would look like. For those asking - it’s an American plane because, well, we’re American. Think of it as just a Kamikaze mindset...we’d still be using American planes. Besides, it’s really just a metaphor, it ain’t literal. @shadyrecords #kamikaze #eminem #detroit #whatupdoe #detroitvseverybody #sketch #concept #rap #coverart

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Return fire. @eminem cover that I whipped up in 2 hours yesterday. Game over Kelly. #killshot

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On the heels of the last post, where I showed what came out of @losangelesconfidential #jesuspiece album, I thought I’d show a bit of the thought that went IN to it. Specifically the cover. I don’t remember there being any specific direction, so these types of projects can be both daunting and exciting. On one hand, you don’t know the artist and you don’t know their steelo. On the other hand, you’ve got a blue sky to work under. Which is what I had here, so I tried to run the gamut with a number of different concepts and styles. That being said, it’s still really challenging to try to create something that spoke to an album I hadn’t heard and an artist who’s tastes I wasn’t familiar with. All in all though, I was pretty happy with the end result. #albumdesign #illustration #sketches #concept #thegame

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Throw it back to late 2012. @losangelesconfidential #jesuspiece came out. This was some of the work that came out of those sessions. This cover caused some waves when it came out, we got a bit of backlash here and there. 👹 I felt pretty good about the end result though, and I think Game did too. So it is what it is. Some great photos throughout the booklet to mess around with by the man @jonathanmannion #thegame #packagingdesign #illustration

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Death over Defeat. Inner tray. @eminem @shadyrecords #kamikaze #cd #packaging #illustration