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The New York Times Magazine’s ‘Major Threat’ cover was inspired by D.C.’s punk scene

What do scotch tape, Rand Paul and Fugazi have in common?

They all heavily influenced the cover of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Art director Matt Dorfman drew inspiration from a 1989 Fugazi poster and the DIY aesthetic of D.C.’s punk scene to illustrate Robert Draper’s story on the rise of the libertarians (and their “outlaw spirit”).

1. 11/8/16: The date of the next presidential show(down).
2. Major threat: A reference to seminal hardcore punk band Minor Threat.
3. The circle-a: Switching the “a” to the anarchy symbol in the nameplate had to be approved by the higher-ups, art director Gail Bichler told WAMU.
4. ALL AGES: A nod to the youth-friendly shows that hardcore bands sought to play.
5. scuff marks: Dorfman cut, taped and Xeroxed parts of the cover to mimic the scrappy look of punk show fliers.

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