New stuff on Nuclear War Now! Productions

Metal Deadness picture disc LP layout – radical original artwork from 1986! Ripping speed metal!:

more info at http://metal-archives.com/release.php?id=47518

buy it at NWN prod

Autopsy – Awakened by Gore LP. Diehard and Regular (not shown) LP layout. I highly doubt I’ll ever get to see a copy of one of these. “In addition to the demo recordings, this release also contains a bonus LP featuring one side of rare and unreleased rehearsal and live recordings while the other side is etched with artwork.” – NWN! prod. Awesome artwork by my partner in crime from Deadfall – Andrei Bouzikov. Also illustrations by Chris Reifert himself!




purchase a copy from NWN prod


Bunch of layouts

This is the Born Against ‘Rebel Sound of Shit and Failure’ LP jacket reissue on Prank Records. The technical print problem with the original Prank Records version of this LP was that the halftone dots weren’t big enough and the overprint wasn’t set properly. This reissue looks much better than the first reissue on Prank and also looks more like the original release put out on Vermiform Records.

Layout for the Municipal Waste LP/CD on Earache:

Conqueror/Black Witchery split LP on Nuclear War Now! Productions:

I have done many many more awesome LP layouts for Nuclear War Now! Productions, and I am excited to be including those soon.

Now for some fantastic stuff on Tankcrimes:

The Abscess/Population Reduction split LP:

Some various LP Layouts:

Toxic Holocaust/Inepsy split LP jacket cover:

Shadow Kingdom Records layouts – Iron Man LP jacket cover:

Various Shadow Kingdom records CD layouts:


Oakland Brainsqueeze Advertisement Video

This is a promotional video for the Tankcrimes Oakland Brainsqueeze—the American version of the Japanese punk/thrash festival, Yokohama Brainsqueeze, which is happening in about a month. Ross Sewage did an excellent job with the pro-wrestling/Monster Truck ad announcer voices. This was a very fun project to do; it’s not every day that you get to come up with a crazy motion graphics piece for such a wild event.


Voetsek – Bay Area Fast

I read Sean Clivers’ ‘Disposable‘, a skateboard art history book a while back when it first came out. He mentions how M. C. Escher was a huge influence on Vernon Courtlandt Johnson. If you look at MCE’s ‘Dragon‘ and then look at VCJ’s Powell Peralta 1980 Steve Caballero deck, the influence is especially noticeable. However, VCJ ran with it. That style of line really art lends itself to screen-printing on skateboard decks with a clean yet very edgy esthetic.

I’m not sure if Durer was ever mentioned in the book, but one day I stared at Durers’ ‘Revelation Four Riders’ for a long time and then went on to play World of Warcraft. As I was playing I was inspired and doodled on a piece of paper thinking of this style of line art and how cool it was.

Then Voetsek had to go on their 2008 tour and they needed a new shirt design. Scotty walked in my room and saw one of the doodles. He liked it so much he said, “That one! That’s the shirt”. They went ahead and had the shirts made and it was the best seller on that tour. It sold out before the tour was even over!

Since the shirt did so well on tour they decided to have it available through Warlord Clothing. You can order it here.


GPR Absurd Blog Theme

I decided to take a new approach with my latest website, the Give Praise Records Absurd downloads blog theme.

Paul Praise contacted me about creating a header image for his new blog. Since I’ve worked with Paul in the past I wanted to do something more fun and decided to make a wordpress theme that he would really enjoy instead. He already has a blog for his label, Give Praise Records, but he wanted a separate blog for free downloads of obscure demos and other rarities by bands on his label. The concept would be ‘absurdity’ in a Chevy Chase (who has been kind of an icon for GPR), beach scenes and whatever goes kind of  way. I chose pizzas, monkeys and robots of course.

This is the header for the home page, which also features the A-Team van, a World War II German failed attempt at a flying saucer, Vincent the thrash cat and Linda Blair.

This is the header for rest of  the blog.  As a side note, while I was making this I wasn’t sure if the ‘pages option’ was going to be used for this blog, so this header still has the ‘about link’ at the top. In the future, if Paul decides to use pages at some point with this blog it will look nice either way. Part of the point of using a CMS is giving the client this type of flexibility.

Finally, this is the footer with sidebar elements. Check out the the clear tapes—the transparency aspect adds a cool detail on the images and the cassettes give it a real old-school touch.

launch site: absurd.givepraiserecords.com