Velocity Press have published Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art, a book showcasing the work of the mastermind behind some of the most iconic rave flyers and record covers from the late 80s and early 90s.
Junior Tomlin’s visionary capabilities led to a long-running career as a flyer artist. His fantastical projections of the future and often surreal imagery earned him the title ‘The Salvador Dali of Rave’. Tomlin’s iconic work was highly sought after, with ravers collecting his remarkable work and promoters queuing up to commission him to produce imagery for their flyers.
Junior’s imagination conjured up alternate worlds, references to outer space and gave us a peek into the endless possibilities presented by an unknown future. It was the perfect representation of the brave new world being cultivated by rave promoters and the community that sprung up around the culture.
Junior worked with a range of seminal labels and rave promoters from 1989 onwards including Telepathy, Dreamscape, Slammin’ Vinyl, One Nation and Mute. 30 years since he designed his first flyer, Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art documents his work across 160 pages, with commentary and draft sketches provided by Junior himself.
Divided into two distinct sections – record covers and flyers – the book also features an in-depth interview with Junior and a foreword by Chelsea Louise Berlin (artist, flyer collector and author of Rave Art) plus words from former clients.
The book is 25cm x 25cm, printed and bound on premium 130gsm paper. It is the first time his work has been documented and presented in such a comprehensive, cohesive fashion.