Damn Son Where Did You Find This? by Tobias Hansson & Michael Thorsby — Stockholm, Sweden
A book about US hiphop mixtape cover art – a document showing the work of five extraordinary Adobe Photoshop wizards that day after day get up, draw up an epic scene centered around one or more rappers and finish it off with blazing typography, all in the matter of a couple of hours and for as many hundred dollars, then repeat that procedure up to ten times more before the sun sets.
Limited to 400 hand-numbered copies, Damn Son Where Did You Find This? is the first book ever to focus on the cover art of the modern US hiphop mixtape. A visual world that reached unseen levels at the turn of the millennium, uncensored, unregulated and extreme, it is a the most anarchic of all genres of graphic design. Freed from major label guidelines, lawyer opinions and moral hindrances the designers featured in Damn Son Where Did You Find This? are truly unique, something that is hard to come by in today's global world of intertwined visual tendencies.