ATL "Дисторшн" mixtape cover artwork
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.
Reconstruction of the filter making process from the original sketchbook leftovers
The layout of the first part of filters after couple months of straightening
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.
My cat dropped a cup of water on an original sketch of the future cover ^. .^
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.
ATL "Дисторшн" mixtape final cover
I also made a video-version of the cover:
ATL "Дисторшн" mixtape cover artwork
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ATL "Дисторшн" mixtape cover artwork

The making of ATL "Дисторшн" mixtape cover
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