Every morning around 10am, someone in my neighborhood here in Chicago plays classical piano with their windows open and it’s the most serene thing

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Thanks Instagram for the awesome addition to my colorful book collection! @instagram

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Don’t be embarrassed by your old work. You wouldnt be doing your new work without it

Another #tbt…

My 2009 collaboration with @BurtonSnowboard entitled ‘Light Camo’. The idea behind this was a futuristic, hyper colorful, neon “camouflage”, something I interpreted as meaning it would help you completely disappear if you stepped into a laser-filled rave.

The most rewarding part of this project was seeing snowboarder @KevinPearce wear this jacket at the X-Games that year. Seeing pictures of him in it flying through the air against an intense blue sky with a snow-covered hill below completely changed how I saw this thing. Burton knew what they were doing when they asked me to make this - you absolutely cannot miss it on the slopes. It’s intense. I’ve been skiing a few times and seen it out in the wild myself…the color in the jacket is nuts - I was blown away when I saw the final thing, how nicely it went from screen -> product.

This design was used on jackets, backpacks, hoodies (one of them produced with black faux fur inside!? As if it weren’t gaudy enough, ha), snowboard pants, and a couple other things.

Collaborating with brands that go above and beyond on their end with the mfg & production is always such a pleasure. Fun to look back on this one.

#burton #snowboarding

#tbt The cover I did for @lupefiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor’, 8 (!) years ago in 2006. Little did I know at the time how big of an impact this album would have, going on to be nominated for four Grammys and really becoming a defining album for a growing new era of hip-hop.

Meeting Lupe came about in 2005 when @hwmk needed photos of him for LTD Magazine, knew we were both in Chicago, and made the introduction. I met Lupe at @saintalfred to shoot some photos (I forgot my memory card..had to run to Walgreens to buy one..give me a break I was like 20). Anyways, fast forward a bit to Lupe working on his debut album, he got back in touch about doing his album art to which I of course eagerly jumped on.

Lupe had an idea of a cover in which he’s floating in an ethereal environment surrounded by his most treasured belongings. We met up not long after in a Chicago studio to shoot the objects around him as well as Lupe himself. (If you look closely you’ll notice his glasses floating - they were held up by fishing line being held by 2 people on either side of him.)

Anyways, I loved how passionately Lupe cared about the art, to the extent that he was totally willing to completely brush aside what a typical hip-hop album cover “should” look like in order to execute what he and he alone wanted to do. It didn’t need to convey “tough”, it didn’t need to convey “hip-hop”, it only needed to convey Lupe’s vision for what this album sounded like in his mind. Through his direction, I am proud to say to this day I believe that was accomplished. It was an honor to be a part of the process on this record then and it’s an honor to look back on it now and be able to share some of the story about how it came to be.

The lettering on the cover was designed by the brilliant @Rostarrnyc

#chicago #lupefiasco

the aesthetic rewards of being patient through a Chicago winter

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Experiments with an iPhone + Photoshop Touch

Women’s bathroom murals for Madcap Coffee in Grand Rapids, MI Women’s bathroom murals for Madcap Coffee in Grand Rapids, MI

Women’s bathroom murals for Madcap Coffee in Grand Rapids, MI