Bruise Cruise – Limited Edition 7″ Records Album Cover Art Review & Interview

Every year, Bruise Cruise transports a cruise-load of individuals from Miami to the Bahamas, for an alcohol-fueled and music-driven party on the water. This year’s seven-concert event will take place over the course of four days, hosted by Chain And The Gang’s dry-humored Ian Svenonius, and featuring music from Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Vivian Girls, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys, Ty Segall, Quintron And Miss Pussycat, Turbo Fruits, Jacuzzi Boys, and DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin.

This year, Michelle Cable from Panache Booking and Jonas Stein — the founders of Bruise Cruise — invited artist Rob Corradetti to, in his words, “create a series of limited-edition 7″ record covers to coincide with the maiden voyage.”

There will be one brightly-sleeved 7″ record for eight of the bands that have been invited to perform on Bruise Cruise, as shown below. “[The images] are a combination of drawings, screen prints, and collage elements that I photographed and did final work to in digital form,” Corradetti describes. “Most everything is made in reality but ultimately finalized on a computer.”

Upon first glance, there are obvious hints of nautical and “lost civilization” imagery. The nautical themes were the result of brainstorming sessions, but the other influences were a more personal touch added by Corradetti himself. Most of these images stem from his subconscious. “People say that my drawings have an ancient civilization vibe going. I just like to put on the music and draw and collage and try to formulate a response to what I am hearing.”

For an artist like Corradetti, who has always “been a huge fan of garage rock and ’60s music,” having the opportunity to work on a project featuring notable garage rock musicians has been a good feeling. “[All of the bands] do a great job of capturing the raw and inherent power of rock and roll, while at the same time, add something modern to the equation… it was a fun challenge.”

Small details can be found throughout the 7″ covers. The pieces interlock with one another in special ways, and all have been thoughtfully crafted to match the tracks they represent. But Corradetti doesn’t want to give too much away. “I leave the rest up to the owner of the albums to figure out,” he says. And hopefully you will be able to attain a copy, as these limited edition beauties are only available on the Bruise Cruise itself, in select stores that carry vinyl, and randomly on Ebay.

In addition to these pieces, Corradetti certainly challenges himself to create otherwise interesting art, as well. Up next is a series of pillows called Stache Pillows, which conservative parents will no doubt be appalled by. These pillows are not shaped like mustaches, but will be created as hiding places for people to stash their drugs and condoms. Corradetti will also be participating in the MoCCA Festival, sponsored by the Museum Of Comic And Cartoon Art, in New York this April.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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