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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