UPDATE: See the actual, real Mothership artwork here
Shepard Fairey, the artist/designer/illustrator who created the Andre the Giant Has a Posse sticker campaign and whose artwork graces album covers for artists like The Black Eyed Peas, 311, and the Smashing Pumpkins, announced last Friday that he has been commissioned by Led Zeppelin to design the packaging for their forthcoming Mothership greatest-hits collection. Fairey made the announcement at the Los Angeles Getty Center during his featured presentation as part of the sold-out QBN Sessions.
During the talk, Fairey said that the band had searched through a number of different designers, but were unable to agree on one until seeing the work of his Studio No. 1. For the record, Fairey did not confirm (but also did not deny) the rumors that the band will be reforming in November for a concert at London’s O2 Arena.
A Led Zeppelin press conference is scheduled for Wednesday.
Update – NME: Led Zeppelin set for special announcement…band set to officially confirm reunion this week.
In addition to his work for Led Zeppelin, Fairey recently announced a new collaboration with Public Enemy:
Chuck just asked me to do an Obey art and clothing Public Enemy collaboration commemorating the 20th anniversary of “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” which I consider to be the best and most important hip hop album of all time. Additionally, Glen E. Friedman who shot the album cover as well as other genre defining photos of hip hop, skateboarding, and punk rock, has allowed me to use one of his shots of P.E. to illustrate from. This is going to be an awesome project… look out for updates.
Here’s some examples of Fairey’s past album cover artwork: