What the Hell Is Wrong with the New Black Flag Album Cover?
I asked six artists and graphic designers who’ve done artwork for bands and record labels to break it down for me. Here’s what they had to say…
Rob Dobi (Full Bleed / Your Scene Sucks)
Has done artwork for: Green Day, Thursday, Pearl Jam
What were your first impressions of it?
It looks like the placenta lovechild of Cartman and Punchy of Hawaiian Punch fame swimming through ecto-cooler and Hulk jizz.
What, from a design standpoint, is wrong with it?
Absolutely nothing, Black Flag is an extremely sour candy with a gushy center in the same vein as Warheads, right? This works perfectly then.
What do you think the artist was going for?
Probably trying to imagine how to give the viewers’ eyeballs cavities.
If you were assigned to improve it, what would you do/change?
I would have probably made used more 1998 Photoshop filters. The text could have really used an inner bevel / outer glow combo to make it pop. The drop shadow just isn’t cutting it.
What do you think Black Flag are thinking right now?
"I can’t wait to see what those assholes on America Online think about this cover."
How would you describe this cover for someone who has never seen it before?
Imagine an anti-abortion ad describing when life begins for punk cartoon characters.