ATL "Дисторшн" mixtape cover artwork
Art-direction & Photography, Video: Anton Scut36 Volkov
I started collaborating with ATL back in 2012. This is the third cover artwork I did for one of my favorite musicians.
You can check the story behind the previous cover artwork I did for his #FCKSWG x За упокой mixtape.
I bought myself a sketchbook couple months after I moved to New York in 2014 and started filling it with ugly calligraphy while testing different types of calligraphy pens and brushes. Among all the different shit drew I was trying to create a lettering for ATL, so he could use it for the future prints on his promo t-shirts. However I didn't manage to create any good one.
Eventually the sketchbook was completed with tags and silly drawings in couple months so I started cutting pieces from it to create filters for my spliffs. Almost all the smoked filters I stored in the ashtray I made from a big jar that had been standing on the sill outside my window. A few months past when I noticed there have been not so many pages left. So I decided to clean the ashtray. After I put all the filters into the garbage bag I noticed that some of them unrolled a little bit. Several seasons past so they have been affected by sun, rain and snow. The inks on lots of them were beautifully distorted. I decided to clean and unroll all the filters from the jar. It took some time to make the dirty work.
I really liked what I saw but had no idea how I should use them, so I gave myself some time to think of a nice idea. Eventually all these filters have been becoming straight for almost 2 years not until I decided to make a skull out of them.
I noticed a bunch of pieces with 'ATL' tag on it, so I called him asking if he was planning to release any music in the nearest future. ATL really liked what I showed to him so we decided to put this on a hold.
In a couple of months ATL sent me some demo versions of the tracks he prepared for the upcoming mixtape. These songs inspired me with the final concept of the mixtape cover. I decided to create double glass frame and the neon made halo for the final installation.
I've been always fascinated with neon signs so it was a real luck to find a neon shop in Queens, NY where I was able to document the whole process of creating my 17" halo.
I found a perfect glass works place right near the place I live in Brooklyn. I chose Starphire ultra clear glass for my frame.
My friend's warehouse was the place where I gathered all the pieces of the final installation together.
I also made a video-version of the cover: