NEW!! KMFDM album, Hell Yeah!, drops.

There’s a back story to the image I created for KMFDM’s latest album, Hell Yeah!
Back in 1994, I’d just moved into a new house in West London, renting a studio nearby as a workshop. No sooner had I acquired the keys when I got a call from KMFDM supremo, Sascha Konietsko, who informed me that he had to have the artwork for the band’s new album, asap. I barely had time to assemble my desk before starting the process of creating the image.
Unleashing the hack within me, I copied my face and hand reflected in a shaving mirror, adding the buildings behind almost as an afterthought. Despite the amount of fine detailing, I finished the picture well within my deadline.

Rather than mail it ahead of time, I decided to dwell a while on what I’d drawn, subsequently realising how powerful yet negative the image was. So, using another layer, I drew a cable within reach of the falling man’s hand, offering him a way out (if he chose to take it).

Over the years, it has become one of the images I’ve become most known for. I’ve been approached by people and told that the illustration made them stop and contemplate their lives  before attempting suicide. Somehow, I’d accidentally created a piece of art that spoke to people in a way I’d never consciously considered during its creation.

Fast forward to 2016 and the news that KMFDM, once again, required a new BRUTE! cover.  As I’d just launched the Tweak app, my time had been spent spent absorbing related articles and videos while how our lives are being shaped by smart phone technology was a recurring topic.  During a phone call to Sascha, the idea of updating the Glory cover to address the  concept occurred to me and, over the next few days, I embellished the initial idea into a story of sorts.

I think it’s one of my best.

2 thoughts on “NEW!! KMFDM album, Hell Yeah!, drops.”

  1. This piece is a really nice accompaniment to the new KMFDM album, one that has some new takes on old themes, some old takes on new themes, and just overall blew me away! Yeah, keep up the great work.

  2. Every time I see the work of William Blake or Yoji Shinkawa or even Manet’s Olympia, or a thousand other pieces of art I admire, I always wish that the artist himself had a backstory readily available for me to read and ponder over. As you, Brute!, will surely be remembered by posterity, in a thousand years thence, maybe more, I thank you for telling this little story on where the cover of Hell Yeah! came from. It’s one of the best, and, when coupled with the first impression of seeing just the selfie on the EP for Yeah!, then pulling back, as it were, to see the full picture and what the man is doing on the full album, it makes it that much sweeter. I fucking love it. It really is a theatrical presentation of your astonishing artwork.

    I salute you. \m/

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