Guitar Mikey: Put it back in the box

Give it up for Guitar Mikey, who manages complete nonchalance while tearing down the highway at 88-miles per hour.

Photoshop Disasters

The female model also seems indifferent while she attempts to murder the snake-skinned musician holding on for not-so-dear life. Luckily, the only witness will a blurred prairie.

Let’s hear your suggestions for what this album art is trying to say.

Thanks Randy for the find!

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  • Chairman

    Okay, so it’s an illustration of an idea. Where’s the disaster?

  • P

    I don’t understand the relevance of the links.

  • stella

    There is so little logic in this photo (of course, it is an album cover, so logic isn’t a necessity). I think if they were going to blur one side of the woman (is she trying to kill him or is she helping him hold on?) they blurred the wrong side.

    • JStass

      Unless she is traveling faster backward along the truck bed to stomp on his hand than the truck is moving forward, in which case I’d say she is REALLY eager to see this man dead. Of course this would also mean that his legs are kicking extremely fast, so perhaps he is actually showing some fear of being ground into road meat. Also, great Back to the Future reference. ;D

  • Leo

    Sorry, but i kind of liked the art. See no disaster here…

  • http://twitter.com/MAJikMARCer Marc

    I’m failing to see the disaster as well. It’s a bit amateurish, but nothing is disastrous.

  • Cropper

    Well, they can’t ALL be Sgt. Pepper’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lightstriker-Stormyhahaha/1046633734 Lightstriker Stormyhahaha

    There’s more speed lines than an anime.

  • Mushroom

    I like how he casts no shadow. (Sorry, Leo, you missed that?)

    • stella

      The shadows of the guitar handle and his upper body are on the back of the truck, the shadow of his leg(s) is on the ground under him. The sun appears to be in back of the truck, and fairly low in the sky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.hegg Danilo Hegg

    The only disaster here is your spelling! “Luckily, the only witness will a blurred prairie”. Back to first grade!

  • Michael Mosmann

    this is the mostly unknown blur protection within slipstream effect …

  • MD

    I like how the flames are waving straight up with no sign of wind although the car passes at 150 mph.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charlene-Vickers/744084090 Charlene Vickers

    It’s trying to say that his guitar work is “out of the box” – ie. not conventional – by showing him hanging “out of the box” – ie. off the back of the truck box.

    Great album, by the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001474201869 John C. Lowe

    Since this is an illustration, I don’t see a “disaster” per se. But the blur on the female model is going the wrong way. Perhaps Mikey’s little brother did the photoshopping.

  • Guitar Mikey

    LOL.. Thank You PSD for this post. This has been a very entertaining to read. So let me chime in here.. RESPONSES TO COMMENTS: I had to train for weeks to get in shape for this shot. The max speed during the shoot was 64 MPH. The Blur on the girl is caused by a her moving forward to step on my fingers combined with the movement and torque of the truck and we had to tie a cable around her so she wouldn’t fall out. The shot involved much prep and 2 days of shooting. OK OK it’s all photo shop but in the words of Ed Wood “where is your suspension of disbelief?” I think you might need to listen to the album and appreciate the genre to get the cover entirely but on its own it is just meant to be fun. My brother turned me down to do this cover so we got Al Brandtner, a very reputable graphic designer having some very serious clients. I think he did an excellent job in capturing some of the content from the album in a humorous way (BTW I pushed the record company to keep this cover with Al’s support). NOTES: This is actually only half the cover. It is a full 2 panel fold out with another girl driving (looking back recklessly:) This truck was used in the movie “The Help” It all was shot on the old historic blues highway 61 (including the flames) I would love to see some more commentary after y’all buy the album of course:) BTW in the spirit of good fun we are offering free shipping for those on PSD who are interested. http://guitarmikey.com/OutOfTheBox/cd.php?offer=PSD

    • Jugstopper

      You, sir, win the Best Sport of the Year Award. Al Brandtner is the winner of the Most Heroic Use of the Blur Filter Award.

      So, is (are) the woman (women) in the truck “The Real Thing”? Are your backup singers called “The Real Thing”? Can you link us to a picture of the full fold-out of the cover? It really is a fun picture.

      • Guitar Mikey

        Thank you for saying so but in the words of my friend Ronnie Hawkins “any press is good press”. “The Real Thing” is whoever has happened to be in the band over the years. The girls are models and I have never officially had backup singers and if they had been they certainly wouldn’t be now after this egregious act:)
        This is the full cover (click here ).

        You can find the complete “adjusted” artwork if you click here .

      • Guitar Mikey

        Thank you for saying so but in the words of my friend Ronnie Hawkins “any press is good press”.
        “The Real Thing” is whoever has happened to be in the band over the years. The girls are models and I have never officially had backup singers and if they had been they certainly wouldn’t be now after this egregious act:)

        This is the full cover

        http://guitarmikey.com/OutOfTheBox/Earwig4965_2PAN.800.jpg

        You can find the complete “adjusted” artwork here if you are interested

        http://guitarmikey.com/OutOfTheBox/Earwig4965_8PAN.ADJUSTED.jpg