This is the image that fuelled Naked Raver into becoming what it is today.
As I was penning the book, Naked Raver, Daniel showed me some designs that he had been working on, such as Journey to the Centre of the Spotlight, and The Hand That Strikes Peace. I asked him if he would design a cover for the book, and he said that he would.
A few weeks later, Daniel sheepishly presented the image to me, explaining that I may not like it because it is edgy. However, when he showed me the design, I loved it. It was more primitive than the one above, but I loved the concept.
Anyway, several weeks later, I dreamt that a friend and headmaster of my son’s primary school had my book on his desk, hidden underneath some other books, and he said to me, Do you have a different cover design? the reason being that he felt he couldn’t openly sit and read this book in front of his colleagues, even though the story and its message is very universal, inspirational, and innocent. I mentioned this to Daniel, and we agreed to change his initial design to a more socially acceptable cover, you know, the sort that you could leave on your coffee table, or read openly on the bus!
However, we both loved the concept of a woman being bound to the headphones, as though she was a submissive to the music, especially since music plays a huge part of who we are. We also realised how the concept of Naked Raver as a whole, that of it being an adventure of the feminine spirit, suited both of our art forms (in terms of music, books, and art), and hence we joined forces and launched the company Naked Raver, debuting at the Preston Guild in 2012, an event that takes place every 20 years.
In preparation for this event, Daniel revised the original design, adding more detail, context, and colour. We both knew that because the image was being placed on a large mounted board, then this additional detail was essential.
If you look, you will see that the design is modelled off a Technic 1210 turntable, the iconic deck that inspired a generation of Dj’s and dancers from the mid-late 80’s, whilst the woman in the centre has elements of a pulp comic bondage scene. In keeping with our love of nature, which is prevalent in much of our work, Daniel has used earthy tones and a range of flowers and leaves in this design. Look at the twine that binds the female’s hands to the headphones, and also the flower bud that is the needle cartridge. Even the term ‘Naked Raver’ is designed in bamboo, reminiscent of a paradise beach or even a jungle.
Many fans of Daniel’s artwork say that this is their favourite, because of the way that he has combined several very cool concepts in a truly unique way.
(This design is available as a print via our online Boutique)