What were your reference points for the cover design?
We looked through a lot of flier references, specifically from the Washington, D.C., hardcore and punk scene. We were looking through fliers for Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Dead Boys and Fugazi. I loved that music in high school. The energy and the hardscrabble, D.I.Y. spirit of those bands really captured my imagination when I was in high school.
(NY Times Op-Ed art director Matt Dorfman, interviewed by the paper’s Jeannie Choi about the cover design to today’s New York Times Magazine).
Considering the Dead Boys were never based in DC, predated hardcore and disbanded before Minor Threat debuted, Dorfman could’ve just as easily cited the poster/sleeve aesthetic of Paul faves Rush.