Direct Control

Pirates Press Record of the Week

Record of The Week is a blog that mentions releases over at Pirates Press. Skimming through the first page I found a few gems on Tankcrimes, Nuclear War Now Productions, and Buried by Time and Dust that I helped design or prepare files for print.

Okay back to cranking the finishing touches on Short Fast and Loud #24, 10 year anniversary issue!

box set

Tankcrimes Box Set design

This is a Box Set that came out almost a year ago on Tankcrimes. Some of the bands featured in this box-set are Population Reduction, Vitamin X, Cannabis Corpse, Voetsek and ANS. It shows one of my favorite own illustrations. A chicken where the neck folds around the box.

Here it is on template all folded out:

For more pictures of the screen printed process and finished product:

A limited edition poster was printed of just the chicken with out the lines.


Flyer for Asmereir show

I am in Lima, Peru for a couple weeks to play bass with my band Asmereir at Inmortal Fest II. My band’s out of town shows in Arequipa and other provinces near there ended up falling through so we are organising a gig in Barranco instead.

I decided to make a quick flyer with an illustration for the show. The drummer Cesar had a silly idea for it, so I decided to roll with that.

Here’s little bit on the Illustration process.

A quick composite for tracing.

The traced composite using Wacom.

Here is a 300dpi print link of this for those interested.


Couple Flyers

From time to time people ask me to do some quick flyers for shows. Here is a couple sample’s for some upcoming Bay Area shows.

For this one Scotty from Tankcrimes came up with the idea. He handed me a quick sketch and I did the rest.

This one is for a 2 day festival that Jeff and Athena from Six Weeks are doing for the 10 year anniversary of the Short Fast and Loud zine. I started with SF+L by doing the front cover design of issue #15 in 2006. I have been in charge of doing the layout for the whole thing since then! The next issue will be #24 and will be out and for sale at this 10 year anniversary show.

Direct Control

Promo video for Direct Control “Bucktown Hardcore” LP on…

“Finally available on vinyl, this is a collection of some of DIRECT CONTROL’s finest work. Classic 1980s style hardcore punk done correctly. This LP includes the cult 2003 demo, the “Public Safety” session from 2006 (Maximum Rock N’ Roll named their 2006 hardcore compilation after this song) and the original War All the Time demo from 2002.” –Record description from Tankcrimes.

Available on splatter vinyl and black.

The print ad to appear in the next Maximum Rocknroll and Razorcake Magazine, also used as a web ad on the front page of Tankcrimes:

The splatter vinyl:

All artwork was drawn by hand drawn by the Brandon Ferrell. I was in charge of the layout / pre-press.


New stuff on Nuclear War Now! Productions

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

more info at

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

box set

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:

Motion Graphics

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.

Wordpress Themes

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: