Illustration

In addition to writing words, I draw and design things too. Click an image for more information.

Sun Ra-mmellzee
A collage I did while working on my book Dead Precedents, which features a lot about these two gods of Afrofuturism.
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Sorry to Bother You
After a successful run of movies in the 1980s, Spike Lee used to say “Make Black Film” like a mantra, and we saw it in the 1990s with Matty Rich, the Hughes Brothers, John Singleton, and Lee himself. It looks like it’s in effect again with boundary-bombing work by Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Arthur Jafa, Donald Glover, Jordan Peele, and Boots Riley. The latter’s Sorry to Bother You is not just the movie of the moment, it’s a statement, a stance, and a hopeful catalyst for change.
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Let’s Roast Darkthrone Logo
I did a Darkthrone knock-off logo for my dudes at Let's Road Cycles in Chicago to bring together two of my favorite things: BMX and Black Metal. They put it on a shirt, stems, and even a BMX frame. Check it out!
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Mission Unknown
Mission unknown. [Sharpie, December 24, 2017]
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dälek Logo Design
dälek is one of my all-time favorite groups, and I’ve known them for a minute now. Though unsolicited, it was an honor to finally put something like this together.
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UIC Communication Murals
In the spring of 2017 I painted two murals in the Communication department at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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PBR2-D2
PBR2D2 a.k.a. Pabst Blue Robot. [August 13, 2016]
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Aesop Rock Logo
Once I tried to do a logo for The Impossible Kid.
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Prince, R.I.P.
I drew this portrait of Prince to accompany a piece for the Hong Kong Review of Books. I hope it at least seems fitting. There's no way to say what the man meant to me. [May 6, 2016]
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Hong Kong Review of Books Logo
My logo for the Hong Kong Review of Books. [Digital, March 12, 2016]
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Tom Waits
An ink sketch of Tom Waits. This one ended up being featured on Andy Jenkins' Bend Press site (see below). I saw the man play live in 2008.
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Cloud Gate
"Cloud Gate" b.k.a. "The Bean." [I only had the one pen with me; May 8, 2014]
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Alaska Logo
Metal-ish logo for my rapper friend Tim "Alaska" Baker. Sharpies, white-out, and copy-machine. [February 16, 2014]
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Brian Eno in Pencil
My sketch of Brian Eno for my forthcoming interview anthology, Follow for Now, Volume 2: More Interviews with Friends and Heroes, for Punctum Books.
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SMPRC Logo Design
A few of my colleagues at UIC and a few of their colleagues from institutions around the world are all working on social media privacy. They put together a group called the Social Media Privacy Research Collective and wanted to solidify their efforts with a logo. Being the resident artist of our department, I was tapped to do the design. I immediately started playing with the initials.
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St. Roch’s Logo Design
My friend and old boss Chris Mullins along with Steve Leninger opened St. Roch’s bar under the name “Double Down Lounge.” After a year, they were forced by Double Down Saloon in Las Vegas to change the name. As St. Roch is the patron saint of dogs, and since Steve is from New Orleans, “St. Roch” is the perfect name for their spot...
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Faith Skate Supply Logo
This is easily one of my favorite designs. Faith Skate Supply is one of the places I always stop by when I'm in Alabama. They didn’t commission this design from me, but I did it as a personal exercise. The full story is linked below.
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Well-Red Bear Logo
I did this one for my own project, the Well-Red Bear Review of Books.
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Notebooks
I make spiral notebooks out of record covers, VHS boxes, and other dead-media leftovers, all Twitter-approved by Ice-T.
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Various Zines
I started all of this writing stuff making zines in junior high school. It would be difficult to overstate how much that experienced shaped who I have become. As I always say, that’s where I learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. I've continued to make them off and on, and am working on a new one now (More on that soon). Check out one of the late-era ones below.
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