Stephen Blickenstaff’s art was recently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone when Lorde was wearing a Cramps t-shirt on the cover. I asked Stephen how he felt about it.
Q: How did you find out about your work being on the cover of Rolling Stone?
A: One of my friends brought it to my attention on Facebook.
Q: What was your reaction to finding out?
A: At first I thought it was a joke. I thought it was a fake magazine cover that someone had Photoshopped. After I realized it was real I thought it was pretty crazy. I’m used to seeing the image around in lots of places since it’s been bootlegged so much, but to see it on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine was a real surprise.
Q: I understand that you didn’t know Lorde before seeing the cover with her wearing the shirt of your design. Did you listen to her music after seeing it?
A: I’ve still heard very little of her music. I plan to find out more about her. I know a lot of people are really coming down on her for wearing the Cramps T-shirt in the Rolling Stone cover photo, saying she probably doesn’t even know who they are, but from a few short articles I’ve read she seems quite aware of, and also a fan of a lot of the old school stuff that I like. And I think it’s fantastic that she’s thrown a spotlight on The Cramps. Hopefully a lot of young people will discover their music now.
Q: When you first made the artwork, did you ever think it would become as popular as it did?
A: I would have never guessed.
Q: After making it on the cover of Rolling Stone, is there anything else you would like to accomplish?
A: I was joking with a friend that I’d like to see the Cramps art worn by an astronaut in space. But yeah, there are lots of other things I’d like to accomplish. There are plenty of things rattling around in my head trying to get out.