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D*Face Q&A about his iconic art: The "Bionic" cover







Q: How did the cover for Christina Aguilera’s Bionic come about and did the record label give you feedback on it before the final version?

A: Christina and her then-husband Jordan Bratman had been buying my work for a while. They became good friends and we regularly hung out. Jordan is still one of my good friends, one of the nicest people you could meet—a true brother. When Christina asked me if I’d produce the artwork for her then-upcoming album, I was obviously flattered, but also concerned as in truth, I didn’t listen to her music. While she’s cool and I enjoyed hanging out with her, it wasn’t the music I listened to and I couldn’t see how what I did would fit with what she was doing. She explained that I’d have complete creative control and work directly with her and Jordan on the artwork. I asked her to let me listen to the album and see what came to mind. She told me, "I like the skulls being revealed in your paintings, but don’t make me dead". The album had a futuristic feel, but at the same time a nostalgia to it, and whether you like her music or not, she is an incredible singer— her voice is unbelievable. To me it seemed fairly natural to make her appear to be made up of musical components, like a steampunk robot. The feedback was fairly minor, so while producing the artwork was incredibly time-consuming, it went fairly smoothly.

Q: I saw the “hidden” items in that cover: your dog image and names important to her, including 'mom'. Were there any other "easter eggs" in the Bionic cover that you left for people to discover?

A: I started by hiding my name and the D*Dog in the artwork, right at the end when it was close to sign-off, thinking I could sneak it past her. No chance. She’s very meticulous and nothing just passes her by. She didn’t complain, just asked if I could add a few more hidden elements in there, so I did. Some obvious, some not so. I get asked a lot of times what things mean, but it wouldn’t be the same if I pointed them all out and explained their meanings.

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Tags: british celebrities, christina aguilera, toys / memorabilia / collectibles
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