As soon as I hear someone’s ideas or vision, my mind starts to tick straight away. I began thinking of concepts and ways to visually represent the album in a single iconic image. I would then go away and sketch a wide variety of ideas, going back and forth with Dave and his team, picking apart each idea until we came to an agreement.
I eventually came up with the image of Dave with his head on fire, and after a lot of back and forth and refining, we had the final art.
What was it like to work with Dave and his team?
TR: They are my peoples! They’ve helped me a lot over these past few years.
The whole Neighbourhood Records team is amazing, but in particular, I worked closely with Jussy (Dave’s right-hand man) and also his managers Jack and Benny throughout the entire process and the last few years.
I’ve never had any of the usual designer nightmares like having to wait for payments or lack of communication on their part, and they’ve always treated me with the most respect.
They are all great people and great in business as well. It’s been super inspiring to see what they’ve done over the past few years.
Which fellow creatives do you admire most and why?
TR: I’m a fan of a bunch of my fellow artists. The artists that I’m currently big fans of are Christian Rex Van Minnen, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Kim Jong Gi, Francoswork and Leonardo Stazzinci.
“I feel like there’s an explosion of interest in the creative fields and along with it, a sea of creatives”
Currently, I feel like there’s an explosion of interest in the creative fields and along with it, a sea of creatives. I admire those artists that rise above the noise and are able to separate themselves from the seemingly non-stop bombardment of information.
There are a bunch of artists that have taken to social media platforms trying to make art accessible for the masses and not only the elite. I believe the whole ‘internet’ artist will be next wave much like how street art was embraced after years of being looked down upon.
Which artist would you love to work with next and why?
TR: Any artists that share mutual respect and appreciation for my craft as I do theirs. Over the years working with different artists, the worst thing is working with someone you looked up to, only for them to move weird.
I’d love to work with some of the UK legends like Skepta, Wiley, Giggs and those guys. And I’d also love to work with international acts like Drake, Kendrick, Meek Mill and I could keep going on.
They are a bit stereotypical but I feel like they would have the means to go about executing some crazy things.
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