It’s always fun to do a Stranger cover because for a week, I get to see my work everywhere: strewn in cafes, tucked under arms, crumpled in the gutter. I didn’t think the art director would let me do another cover so soon (my last one was in September) but I guess I made a good case for it. (As I recall, it was something along the lines of “Pleeeease??!”)
“Triangle Choke, or Ballard Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Alliterates Artfully” (an admittedly tortured shout-out to my school, Ballard BJJ. “Alliterates Artfully” -??)
A few people have asked how many covers I’ve done. My first was in 1993 – it was also my first paid job as an illustrator – but after that I wasn’t sure. So I decided to go through my archives, and rounded up nine. I’m pretty sure I got all of them, but by “my archives” I mean a variety of ripped folders, overstuffed envelopes, and plastic sleeves. Back in the creaky ol’ mid-nineties I still used to hand in my originals, and in a fit of organizational pique several years ago I threw out my yellowing copies of the newspapers. (Geeks: remember cutting rubylith?)
Here’s what I have, starting with the most recent:
July, 2007. “Two Fingers” is a painting in my “Big Fuckin’ Hands” series.
April, 1997, collaboration with Shawn Wolfe. I did a drawing of my friend Gwen holding an object (I had her hold a sleeping bag, then removed the sleeping bag and had her hold the pose) and Shawn did the rest.
November, 1996. This was also a t-shirt.