When it comes to DIY album art, many of us may associate our nostalgia with scribbled Crayola-marker tracklists on the backs of CD mixes we made for middle school sweethearts. Graphic designer Patso Dimitrov, on the other hand, has taken the art form to a whole new level.
The Barcelona-based art director has been making waves online recently with his reworkings of popular hip-hop album covers, which involve making the releases of fresh-faced stars such as Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown look like they came straight out of a 1974 record store bin.
Fans have been wowed by the authentically-vintage appearance of the edits, which are detailed down to the imprints left by the imaginary vinyl records contained within the well-worn sleeves. The telltale signs of wear-and-tear combined with the retro fonts and filters make the covers feel familiar to any collector of vintage records, a group which has seen significant growth in recent years.
In a recent interview with Crack, Dimitrov (who also works as a freelance artist for the NBA) explained his inspiration for the delightfully-antiquey project:
“Obviously I’ve been doing alternate artworks for a while now and have always liked to put my spin on things, but for the past few months I’ve been in the creative space of listening to a lot of funk and jazz from the 70s and 80s, and trying to put a more modern, more personal, spin to the visuals from that period of time. So when I combined that with my fondness of the record covers I recreated, that was the end result.”
With his most recent old-school reimagining coming just hours ago, it appears Dimitrov may have plans to make the popular collection an ongoing project. Music fans everywhere are now eagerly awaiting more of the creative designer’s time-warped interpretations of their favorite artists’ album covers.