– Red Run Art Series (No Blackout Dates) is a mixed-media series by artist Damon Kardon created to celebrate the traveling circus that is the music tour. He has various bands and solo artists whose music and words have influenced him and his art over the years. He set out to encapsulate in these works everything that a band or artist puts forth with a new album and accompanying tour. What better way to convey the creativity and excitement of travel than in a postage stamp representing this new voyage?
“Red Run” is a postage term describing an assignment to handle registered mail and “Blackout Dates” a travel term meaning no time off from travel. These terms represent to Damon, a clear vision each band or artist delivers in their new album and then expresses 24/7 in their subsequent tour. Each piece he creates starts with a painted portrait of the band or artist. He then incorporates colors and elements of their new album into the background. Next, he takes that image of the finished painting and digitally alters and adds text through Photoshop.
The text seen on each postage stamp design incorporates new song and album titles as well as the names and dates of the tour. Each completed stamp design is a mixed-media collage representing the artist/band and their music. You shall see a new finished piece featured every week for the entire run of the series. Through their boundless creativity and determination, these artists/bands have put their musical stamp on the world.
– Be sure to enhance your viewing/reading experience by streaming Corrosion of Conformity’s latest full-length offering, No Cross No Crown, released on January 12, 2018, via Nuclear Blast Records.
About the Painting:
– I discovered most of my music heroes in the 90’s. This band is at the top of the list. COC broke through the barriers of punk and heavy metal and created a new sound all their own. They are now the godfathers of the groove/stoner/sludge/thrash sound that is carried on by bands like Red Fang, The Sword and Clutch. I first heard them in ’92 on Blind and was instantly hooked. I was so excited to see Pepper Keenan return (from his also legendary super-group Down) to join his brothers-in-arms in 2014. Now with the new release of this awesome new album No Cross No Crown and a new tour with Black Label Society, I hope to see COC take their permanent seat in the pantheon of Heavy Metal gods. – Damon Kardon
Package #4: “No Cross No Crown”:
– Check out Damon’s creative process by scrolling through the photos below.
06/08 – Donington (Download Festival) – GB
06/21 – Copenhagen (Copenhell) – DK
06/22 – Clisson (Hellfest) – FR
06/24 – Dessel (Graspop Metal Meeting) – BE
Corrosion of Conformity’s cover artwork for No Cross No Crown: