Not that I spend a lot of time - or any time for that matter - reading Entertainment Weekly, but Jay Fingers from The Ministry of Cool and StereoCool brought this article to my attention the other night over some adult beverages at the Needles and Sins Compound.
Turns out that Penguin Books is releasing a "Penguin Inks" series "in which the publisher commissioned tattoo artists and illustrators to re-imagine the covers of six modern classics."
Of course, they fail to mention anywhere the names of these tattoo artists, so I can't exactly give credit where it's due. In fact, it really wouldn't surprise me if they just hired an in-house design team to do something in a "tattoo style."
Now that I think about it, I really can't understand why any of these books would need tattoo-centric cover art. From the standpoint of a graphic designer, I don't understand how this stylistic choice represents or enhances the stories beneath the dust-jacket; other than a "Well, tattoos are cool" perspective.
What are your thoughts? Anyone know who these artists are?
(Oh, and while I have my "graphic designer" cap on, I'd like you all to know that I did the cover art - as well as produce and engineer - a pair of indie/electro tracks for Alex Walker, available right now as a free download from Lapdance Academy. You can grab them in high quality MP3 format right over here.)