Alex Heir was born in 1984 and graduated from the Pratt Institute in 2006 with a BFA in Printmaking. He currently lives and works in New York City, running his clothing label Death/Traitors founded in 2007 and does illustration for the clothing. He also plays in the NYC post-punk band SURVIVAL and industrial hardcore band L.O.T.I.O.N. At Sang Bleu’s we’ve asked Alex to choose his ten favourite record covers.
‘I think this list does a nice job of illustrating the aesthetic that I really enjoy; that middle ground between ugly and beautiful, where the slight imperfections of a powerful piece make it all the more exciting to look at. These aren’t the works of “masters,” but I find myself drawn to rugged pieces like this more than piece by more technical draftsmen. ‘
You can have a look at Alex’s recently released book on Sacred Bones which is available here
1.The Misfits- Earth A.D, Art by Mad Marc Rude
A classic record and cover, Mad Marc Rude is one of the original “punk” artists and a big inspiration. (listen to it here)
2. Anthrax- Fistful Of Metal, Art by Ken Joshpe
I’ve actually never even listened to this record, but I remember seeing the art years ago and it always stuck with me. There’s something about this piece is seems “off” but it’s so fucking awesome. (listen to it here)
3. Death- Scream Bloody Gore, Art By Edward J. Repka, Logo by Chuck Schuldiner
This piece is probably my favorite by the mighty Repka, there’s not much to say about this other than it’s brutal, made even better by the classic DEATH logo designed by the guitarist/singer. (listen here)
4. Alien Sex Fiend- Here Cum Germs, Art by Nik Fiend
This piece verges on “notebook doodle” territory, but something about it works… (listen to it here)
5. Gastunk- Dead Song, Art by Baby/Jimmie Morata, To Fans, Art by ?
This is the perfect punk record cover, so simple but epic. Skulls, snakes, and a brick wall. What else do you need? I had a really hard time choosing between this and the “To Fans” cover so I’m including both. (listen here)
6. Parliament- The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, Design by Chris Whorf/Gribbitt!
The costumes on this are so ridiculous, the set is perfect, and I love the weird spaceship collaged on there and the airbrushed crow on the back. (listen to it here)
7. Raw Power- Screams From The Gutter, Art by Vince Rancid
This piece is a really special, the colors and texture are great and it’s just such a bizarre piece overall…it reminds me a lot of 1960’s underground comix. (listen to it here)
8. Part 1- Pictures Of Pain, Art by Deborah Valentine
Gothic surrealistic, if you will? (listen here)
9. Flower Travellin Band- Satori, art by Shinobu Ishimaru
This piece is like traditional Japanese art meets a Led Zeppelin. Fits the music perfectly! (listen here)
10. Discharge- Warning: Her Majesty’s Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health,
Art by Mike Hannan
This drawing is absolutely brilliant, but my favorite part is her thumb. He went through so much trouble to draw and render everything so nicely, but the thumb is totally fucked. Perfect. (listen to it here)