When approached with designing the Savage Joy cover, I first read the manuscript, then ventured out to the East Village where the book is set. I took photographs of graffiti and building murals, and settled on the drippy paint fresco I found on a wall on Avenue A. To me, the drips looked like two figures trying to connect, and I thought they evoked the tension and beauty of the narrative.
Working with several photographs, I built the cover and turned it into a roadie box. Wanting to represent the hard scrabble life on the road, I added texture, peeled stickers and spray painted the title (literally!).