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Mike Mills, Graphic Artist

Posted May 26, 2011 to photo album "Mike Mills, Graphic Artist"

Before becoming a feature filmmaker, writer/director Mike Mills honed his aesthetic sensibilities as a graphic artist, working on posters, album covers, skateboards, music videos, and TV commercials.

Beginners: Portrait of a Graphic Designer
X-Girl Graphics
Sonic Youth Washing Machine Album Cover
Beastie Boy T-shirt/Poster
Album Cover for Air’s Sexy Boy
Subliminal Skateboards
Human Posters
Undefeated Billboard Project
Sonic Youth Washing Machine Album Cover

Sonic Youth Washing Machine Album Cover

For the Sonic Youth album Washing Machine, Mills curated a collection of photographs.  The cover photo was shot by the band while on tour, and used by Mills for the design. He described his intent in an interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross in 2006: “I did a cover of Sonic Youth cover that had a picture of their merchandising on the front, and everything about it was very regular, straight, and in a way just trying to flip what you expect from them.”