Allow me to introduce my blog... www.onehellofaneye.com




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Celebrity Photographer/Designer Mike Salisbury Blogs About a Beatle, Apocalypse Now and Tyra Banks

VENICE, Calif., May, 25, 2010...Famed celebrity photographer and brand designer Mike Salisbury, whose work includes countless brand and entertainment icons known the world over, is now writing a blog, aptly named www.onehellofaneye.com.

The weekly blog features photographs and art from Salisbury's personal collection, as well as much of his own photography - some pieces never before seen - and taps into his unique, contemporary voice as a storyteller. His anecdotes explore not only his many and exotic travel adventures, his irreverent slant on brandmaking and his singular position as a Zelig of Pop Culture, but lend a compelling insider's view to his varied experiences working with a virtual "who's who" of celebrities from all walks of industry. Salisbury's celebrity portfolio crisscrosses from the motion picture to the music industry; from corporate America to the political arena; from household names in the art world to such symbols of Americana as the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

After years of reading his stories in print or being part of enthusiastic audiences when he had shared his tales at local gatherings, friends and colleagues urged Salisbury, a natural storyteller, to "tell us more!" He frequently travels the globe doing speaking engagements for design and photography students and organizations, and will pepper his presentations with some of his best anecdotes but discovered that that, too, only led to more demand. Finally convinced, Salisbury conceived and launched www.onehellofaneye.com.

Salisbury, whose fame has reached its own celebrity status, is excited to share his stories in the new blog. "I wanted a way to communicate on a regular basis with people I know, as well as those who just want to know more about me and the world I've come from," explains Salisbury, who is quick to add that this is not a tell-all gossip column. "I don't mind being edgy, but I do not want to criticize or complain about other work or people because that doesn't feel good to me. The Internet is full of complainers; I don't want to add to their number."

The name of the blog is actually a shortened version of Salisbury's tagline, "The Man With One Hell of a Good Eye," a clever piece of verbal imagery originally conceived by writer Tania Presby. Current business artwork still utilizes the name (see below).


Salisbury is recognized worldwide as one of the leading talents in American brand design. People see his artwork every day in some of the world's most recognized corporate branding and product designs for companies such as Volkswagen, Suzuki, Honda and Hasbro. He is also the man behind the imprint on a multitude of diverse products from HALO, the world's most popular video game, Rolling Stone, Surfer and Playboy magazines to O'Neill and Gotcha surf wear and Levi's 501 jeans, a brand he created.

In the motion picture industry, Salisbury helped create marketing campaigns for more than 300 movies including Aliens, Jurassic Park, Romancing The Stone, Raiders of The Lost Ark and Moulin Rouge. The "exploding boxing gloves" that introduced Rocky IV to the world is an iconic Salisbury image that drew more recognition for the film than its title, ultimately becoming the visual symbol for the film and Salisbury's most copied graphic metaphor. George Lucas is a collector of Salisbury's work and recommended him to Francis Ford Coppola, who used Salisbury's image creations in Apocalypse Now.

His music industry work includes creating the cover artwork for Michael Jackson's debut solo album, "Off the Wall," in 1979. In fact, it was Salisbury who was the creative genius behind Jackson’s white glove and sparkly white socks. Salisbury also created album covers for George Harrison, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Ry Cooder, Ike & Tina (for which he garnered an album design Grammy nomination), and many others. In addition, Salisbury developed branding identities for top labels Blue Note Records, RCA, United Artists Records and PolyGram.

In www.onehellofaneye.com, Salisbury will include stories about his experiences photography and working with the likes of George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, Annie Leibovitz, Alan King, Billy Crystal, Hunter Thompson, JoBeth Williams, Andy Warhol, Ike and Tina Turner, Evel Knievel, Warren Hinckle of Ramparts Magazine, Denzel Washington, James Taylor and Carly Simon, Rickie Lee Jones, Randy Newman, Gregory Peck, Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine, Lyle Lovett, Jason Freese of Green Day, Michael Douglas, Dick Dale, Tyra Banks, Ry Cooder, Alfred Hitchcock, Cheryl Tiegs, Jim Morrison, Robert F. Kennedy, Truman Capote, Captain Beefheart, Bill Cosby, Jon Voight, Liberace, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Von Dutch, Peter Fonda, Rudy Gernreich, Dalton Trumbo, David Carradine, Sly Stone, Sylvester Stallone, George Burns, Brooke Shields, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Ed Ruscha, Richie Valens, Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and George Hamilton.

To view the blog, which Salisbury plans to update weekly, visit www.onehellofaneye.com.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Salisbury, email Mike at mikesalisburyllc@gmail.com or call 310-526-6081.

NOTE TO EDITOR: To download this high-resolution image of Salisbury's "One Hell of An Eye" letterhead tagline, drag or copy this image to desktop.

About Mike Salisbury:

Salisbury has taught design, advertising, illustration and photography at UCLA, Otis Art Institute and The Art Center. He is a contributing editor, writer and photographer for Forbes, Men's Journal, and other magazines; his photography has additionally appeared in Vogue, Esquire, Newsweek, and many other publications. His signature writing style can be found in countless articles about his own work, as well as the chronicling of his adventures all over the world--surfing safaris to Fiji and Nicaragua, motorcycle treks circumnavigating Alaska, dirt biking across Peru from the Pacific over the Andes to Machu Picchu, sport bike racing from Milan to Corsica and Sardinia, off-roading Baja and into the Brazilian Amazon from Bolivia; jet skiing around the Florida Keys, into the Grand Canyon and across the Gulf Stream from Miami to Bimini.

Salisbury has photographs in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; his design work is in the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian. He has been invited to speak across the U.S., Europe and South America. His photography and graphic work have been featured in museum shows worldwide.




Go West, Young Art Director























Steven Heller is the co-chair of the Designer as Author MFA Program and co-founder of the MFA in design criticism program at the School of Visual Arts. He is the editor of AIGA VOICE, as well as the editor, author or co-author of over 100 books on design, political art and culture.

In this article he writes about Mike Salisbury's years at WEST, the "storied weekly supplement of the Los Angeles Times, art directed by Mike Salisbury, that was a masterwork of design erudition, appreciated by those who could care less about design..."



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Mr. Pop Culture from Mike Salisbury on Vimeo.


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The Man Behind Michael Jackson’s White Gloves and Socks Speaks “Off the Wall”

 

 

VENICE, Calif., July 8, 2009…Famed designer Mike Salisbury, the man behind the imprint on a multitude of diverse products from HALO, the world’s most popular video game, Rolling Stone, Surfer and Playboy magazines to O’Neill and Gotcha surfwear and Levi’s 501 jeans (a brand Salisbury created), is also the genius behind Michael Jackson’s iconic image in black pants, glittery socks, and loafers wearing a single white glove.

 

Upon hearing of Jackson’s sudden death, Salisbury reflected on how the singer’s look came about.

 

Question: How did you end up working for Michael Jackson?

 

Salisbury: I saw Michael Jackson in the movie, The Wiz.  I knew his agent and called him to say that Michael Jackson was going to be the biggest star ever and I would be anxious to work on something with him. Michael’s agent called me in to his office.  He showed me an album cover mock up and said, “This is to be his solo album. What do you think?" I told him that it looked like a cheap ad for the children’s department at Macy’s. “I know," the agent said. “It sucks."  "He is going to be huge—the biggest!" I exclaimed. "Let me come back with some ideas."

 

Q: What did you come up with?

 

Salisbury: I sketched out several variations of my concept and returned to the agent's office.  I presented the concepts and he just kept staring at them, looking perplexed, like a cross eyed-chicken checking out a worm.

 

“It’s a metaphor,” I tried explaining. “He’s just a kid out from under his dad so I think the album cover should make a statement that his solo debut is as big as Sinatra coming on stage in Vegas."

 

Q: What was your concept?

 

Salisbury: At that time, young Michael was gangly and had an Afro. I explained the concept by pointing to the fashion type drawing. “I put him in a tuxedo. That says big deal!"

 

The agent hemmed and hawed and was just about to dismiss the whole nutty idea when a little, high-pitched voice softly squeaked, “I like it,” and Michael stepped out from behind the drape covering the large office window. "Let's just do it," he said.

 

So we did.

 

Q: Did Michael change anything in your concept?

 

Salisbury: He wanted to make one change. “I want to wear white socks," Michael whispered to me.

"They have to be über socks then," I told him. “Glamorous!"

 

Q: What else did you do to create the look that has become engrained in our popular culture?

 

Salisbury: My wife at the time found an Yves St. Laurent woman’s tux in Beverly Hills that fit Michael. I also told him to get loafers like Gene Kelly wore in An American in Paris. When we went to shoot the photo, I instructed him, “Roll up your pant legs, put your fingers in your pockets and pull your pants up like Gene Kelly—to show off the socks.” The loafers really made the white socks work. By the way, the socks were custom-made for Michael by famous Hollywood costume designer Bob Mackie.

 

Q: Where did you do the photo shoot?

 

Salisbury: The shoot was taken at the Griffith Observatory at the Hollywood Planetarium. Michael drove up the hill to where we were at in the front of the building, the same location where they shot the knife fight in the movie, Rebel Without a Cause. He was just 21 and had a new Rolls Royce. It was smashed up a bit and he was driving badly. 

 

There was no place for him to change and we were under the gun because we had no permit to shoot there. Fortunately for us, the women's restroom was open and like a real trouper he ran in there and put on the tux.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here, (left) is my first attempt at the photo for the cover of his solo album. After reviewing it, I thought that it didn’t show the real Michael. We were rushed and Michael was just not that into it. I thought he was a little too serious. We needed to shoot this differently. I mean, this album cover was just for him, not him and four other brothers.

 

I suggested we re-shoot it and when we did, I directed him to be more animated. I suggested he smile and exaggerate the pulling up of his pants and get into it like he was dancing. He was a great sport and agreed to do the re-shoot. We did the second photo shoot against a wall and voilá—“Off the Wall." (Below)

 

 

Q: Did you also suggest Michael wear a white glove?

 

Salisbury: The white socks were so successful in drawing attention to Michael and his dance moves, there was a conversation about doing gloves, too. White gloves. To me, I felt that would start looking literally Mickey Mouse (and of course Michael was a big Mickey Mouse fan). Between the agent and Michael and me, we got it down to one white glitzy glove. Another great move for attention.

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Salisbury created Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” debut album cover art Salisbury in 1979. Today, Salisbury is recognized worldwide as one of the leading talents in American brand design. His artwork is seen by people every day in some of the world’s most recognized corporate branding and product designs for companies such as Volkswagen, Suzuki, Honda, and Hasbro—the biggest toy company in the world.

 

His work can also be found everywhere in the motion picture industry. Salisbury helped create marketing campaigns for over 300 movies including Aliens, Jurassic Park, Romancing The Stone, Raiders of The Lost Ark and Moulin Rouge. The “exploding boxing gloves” that introduced Rocky IV to the world is an iconic Salisbury image that drew more recognition for the film than its title, ultimately becoming the visual symbol for the film and Salisbury’s most copied graphic metaphor. George Lucas is a collector of Salisbury’s work and recommended him to Francis Ford Coppola, who used Salisbury imagery creations in Apocalypse Now.

 

His music industry work includes creating album covers for George Harrison, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Ry Cooder, Ike & Tina (for which he garnered an album design Grammy nomination), and many others. Mike additionally developed branding identities for top labels Blue Note Records, RCA, United Artists Records and PolyGram.

 

For more information or to schedule an interview with Mike Salisbury, please visit www.mikesalisbury.net or call 310-526-6081.

 

NOTE TO EDITOR: To download a high-resolution image of the before/after artwork by for Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” album, please visit www.mikesalisbury.net/press (image may be dragged or copied to desktop).

 

 

 

About Mike Salisbury:

 

Salisbury has taught design, advertising, illustration and photography at UCLA, Otis Art Institute and The Art Center. He is a contributing editor, writer and photographer for Forbes, Men’s Journal, and other magazines; his photography has additionally appeared in Vogue, Esquire, Newsweek, and many more. His signature writing style can be found in countless articles about his own work, as well as the chronicling of his adventures all over the world--surfing safaris to Fiji and Nicaragua, motorcycle treks circumnavigating Alaska, dirt biking across Peru from the Pacific over the Andes to Machu Pichu, sport bike racing from Milan to Corsica and Sardinia, off-roading Baja and into the Brazilian Amazon from Bolivia; jet Skiing around the Florida Keys, into the Grand Canyon and across the Gulf Stream from Miami to Bimini.

 

Salisbury has photographs in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; his design work is in the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian. He has been invited to speak across the US, Europe and South America. His photography and graphic work have been featured in museum shows worldwide.

 

 

 




Ed Ruscha, 1969
West Cover
11 H x 14 W (inches)

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                             

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Magazine cover sells for over $600,000 at Christie's

 

 

A cover for legendary West magazine painted by Ed Ruscha, which was commissioned by famed designer Mike Salisbury, sold for over $600,000 at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction at Rockefeller Center in New York, May 14, 2009.  West is the most expensive editorial or advertising ever sold as fine art,” says Salisbury, noting that Ruscha’s last fine art piece sold for $3 million. “Some Norman Rockwell pieces may go for more, but that would be the second or third or fourth time they were sold.  And considering fine art sells by the square inch and West is only 11 X 14, we did good.”

 

Salisbury is the man behind the imprint on a multitude of diverse products from HALO, the world’s most popular video game, Michael Jackson's white glove, Rolling Stone, Surfer and Playboy magazines to O’Neill and Gotcha surfwear and Levi’s 501 jeans (a brand Salisbury created).  He asked Ruscha to create the cover when he was working as art director for West, a magazine supplement to the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times.  West was legendary for its irreverent and cutting edge design, as well as its advocacy and promotion of Southern California popular culture.  The artwork culminated Ruscha’s famed “Romance with Liquids” period, which was characterized by a series of works where the words appear to have been formed by spilling liquids onto the surface of the canvas.

 

“My only direction to Ruscha was to use the word west,” recalls Salisbury, who owned the oil after the artist presented it to him as a gift.  “A lot of our covers symbolized the west.  This had the sun going down in a blue sky and the letters forming the word West emerging from the ocean.  It is one of the few pieces of editorial advertising, commercial graphic art that is considered fine art, which is quite an accomplishment,” notes Salisbury.

 

Salisbury worked as art director for West magazine for five years, between 1967 and 1972. Today, Salisbury is recognized worldwide as one of the leading talents in American brand design.  His artwork is seen by people every day in some of the world’s most recognized corporate branding and product design for companies such as Volkswagen, Suzuki, Honda, and Hasbro—the biggest toy company in the world.

 

His work can be found everywhere in the motion picture industry.  Salisbury helped create marketing campaigns for over 300 movies including Aliens, Jurassic Park, Romancing The Stone, Raiders of The Lost Ark and Moulin Rouge.   The “exploding boxing gloves” that introduced Rocky IV to the world is an iconic Salisbury image that drew more recognition for the film than its title, ultimately becoming the visual symbol for the film and Salisbury’s most copied graphic metaphor.  George Lucas is a collector of Salisbury’s work and recommended him to Francis Ford Coppola, who used Salisbury imagery creations in Apocalypse Now.

 

His music industry work includes creating album covers for George Harrison, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Ry Cooder, Ike & Tina (for which he garnered an album design Grammy nomination), and many others. Mike additionally developed branding identities for top labels Blue Note Records, RCA, United Artists Records and PolyGram.

 

For more information, please visit www.mikesalisbury.net or call 310-526-6081

 

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About Mike Salisbury:

 

Salisbury has taught design, advertising, illustration and photography at UCLA, Otis Art Institute and The Art Center. He is a contributing editor, writer and photographer for Forbes, Men’s Journal, and other magazines; his photography has additionally appeared in Vogue, Esquire, Newsweek, and many more. His signature writing style can be found in countless articles about his own work, as well as the chronicling of his adventures all over the world--surfing safaris to Fiji and Nicaragua, motorcycle treks circumnavigating Alaska, dirt biking across Peru from the Pacific over the Andes to Machu Pichu, sport bike racing from Milan to Corsica and Sardinia, off-roading Baja and into the Brazilian Amazon from Bolivia; jet Skiing around the Florida Keys, into the Grand Canyon and across the Gulf Stream from Miami to Bimini.

 

Mike has photographs in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; his design work is in the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Smithsonian. He has been invited to speak across the US, Europe and South America. His photography and graphic work have been featured in museum shows worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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