Neon Art Director

From 1989 LITTLE FEAT "Let It Roll" TOUR BOOK

(Copyright 1989 Business As Usual Tours Inc.)

NEON PARK - Art Director and Beyond

california native...emerged via berkeley dada in the time zone
between beatniks and hippies...nurtured by be-bop...zen winos...
coffee-houses...ray charles...canyon cinema...brechtian theatre...
the mendocino rain forest...san francisco in the year of the golden eye...
dancehall posters...the family dog...light shows...incense...
mellow yellow...on the road...guadalajara then ohio...thousands of
dot drawings...hollywood...zappa...weasels ripped my flesh...lucy
in the sky etc...low riders...little feat...bowie...dr john the
night tripper...album art...special effects...ducks with tits...
the rock and roll twilight zone...mexico...magic realism...remedios
varo...waiting for columbus...zen voo doo...sucking plastic in
shaky-town...listening to the godvoice which speaks thru motel
air conditioners everywhere...fires and floods...animation...fuji
dreams...amsterdam...stonehenge...living in the hills with the
outlaws...painting and painting...reggae...margaritas...hello
hamburg...good-bye lowell...hoy-hoy...back to mexico...quit painting...
why make more art for a dying planet etc...bad attitude...time to
change my tune...stretch out...thank you bryne & eno for your bush
of ghosts...begin cross cultural primitive art layered over op force
fields and 3rd world magic doorways...guatemala so beautiful and
dangerous...color explosion...not kansas...tokyo show (no death sushi
please)...post-tech...cargo cult video...klaus schulze...snakes in
the kitchen with frida kahlo...pursuit of the black mirror...here
come the aborigines...let it roll...

From FEATPRINTS #8 [April 1993] A 1992 Interview With NEON PARK (Part 2 of 3) by Featprints Publisher LINDA GIBBON:

L: Back in the old days...you did covers for Dr. John...

NP: That was a hot one. That was "City Lights". I liked being around him. He thought I was weird - he had a shrunken head in his bag, and he thought I was weird! He's a wonderful person.

L: What other covers did you do back then?

NP: David Bowie - I did the album called "Images". It was a double album, and they wanted a cover that looked like "Cheap Thrills", the Big Brother cover. Kind of a comic strip - it illustrated the album. They didn't tell me until after I got into it that it was a two record set!

L: Had to do a little more illustrating than you planned?

NP: God yes, but it came out okay. It's been depicted in one of those album cover art books...

L: Alot of your art is noticed in that way, some of your covers were in Rolling Stone's list of the top 100 album covers just a few months ago. [see Web Page *NEON PARK* linked below] I know you did alot of posters too. Like the "Chemical Wedding" poster -

NP: That was the first. That was for Zap Comics, except it didn't quite make it, first it wasn't done in time, and then the issue it was supposed to go in got busted.

L: Due to an R. Crumb...

NP: The incest issue. I think that's how it was referred to in court...

L: That's too bad...Any other notable posters?

NP: I did alot of radio ads. I worked for an FM rock station here way back in the early days [see Web Page *Duck Rush (Neon Mallard)* linked below] about the same time as the Weasal, after the comic strip. I was doing an ad a week for them, and they were going to the [Los Angeles] Free Press and sometimes the Rolling Stone. I did about a years worth of those. It was good practice - being able to come up with ideas on a regular basis. I guess it was like training.

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