Maryland artist Steve Blickenstaff made a surprise appearance on the cover of the Rolling Stone… well, his monstrous art did, that is, when teen sensation “Lorde” sported a t-shirt featuring Steve’s cover artwork for The Cramps 1984 LP “Bad Music for Bad People”:
Lorde’s Cramps Shirt: Punkabilly Heroes Are Accidental RS Cover Stars
A quick primer on the beloved cult band Lorde’s supporting in our new issue.
By Kory Grow (Rolling Stone, 1/15/2014)
Lorde isn’t the only big-haired artist making her Rolling Stone cover debut on the new issue. That’s because the leering, high-coiffed, emaciated ghoul on her T-shirt belongs to another band: the Cramps. The group, which used the T-shirt illustration on their cheekily titled 1984 comp Bad Music for Bad People, pioneered its own brand of sinewy, rockabilly-inspired garage punk that was perfect for the dinge of its native New York City when it formed in 1976 (or a little over two whole 17-year-old Lordes ago).
Read more at Rolling Stone.
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Steve drew the cover on Halloween day 1983. He recently created a new version:
To order either print, send $20 or $30 (depending on which cover you want) to:
16 Frederick Ave.
Frederick, MD 21701
If you want to check out Steve’s other available art, email him at glack at rcn.com for PDF files of his original art and prints he has available.
We’ve known Steve for over over 20 years – introduced to us by fellow artist Bob Kathman who grew up with him in Frederick. Steve has been a long time Atomic Books supporter – he’s created artwork for as well as displayed his own at Atomic Books’ gallery shows. Steve also designed the label for Tri Brewing’s “Swampus” — a specially brewed beer for my annual 4th of July bbq:
Cheers to Steve!