The very first printing of DayBlack.
I began creating Dayblack in 2000 during my first year as an apprentice tattooing at this little "shop" called Alien Touch Tattoo in Five Points Mall ( yup the flea market) in downtown Atlanta .
Since the very first issue that I had printed at Kinkos, it's gone through many changes and it reflects in the different covers over the years until I finally settled on the iconic red cover, which has probably become the most recognizable thing I've ever done....
I can't believe at one point the cover was going to actually be blue ...but that's because at one point the book wasn't even about him being a vampire (or a slave) so once I made that switch, the color red became a Natural Choice....
(SIDE NOTE : people often ask why Merce has tattoos on the cover but not in the book, well it's because , I use the tattoos to tell the story of what goes on in that particular chapter, so if you look close you'll see references of things that happen in the story, but since he was bitten as a slave, he wouldn't be able to get a tattoo in the present day.)
Music and film play a big role in my creation process. At one point i wanted to be a filmmaker, so I approach designing a page the same way a cinematographer would a scene in a movie. I
like to listen to music that's a little left field, because sometimes if I don't understand the lyrics right away, it lets my imagination run wild and gives me different visuals to draw from. I also draw a lot from life experiences.
Not only does it make the work more authentic, but also relatable because I feel like everyone can relate to the joys and pains of everyday life.
Various covers over the years