More Album Cover Outtakes

These are the four original photographs of the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, taken by filmmaker Gus Van Sant, for their Rick Rubin-produced funk-rock classic, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991).

In 1991 Van Sant was commissioned by the Chili Peppers to create the artwork for their first album for Warner Bros. and the iconic image incorporated Van Sant’s photographs of the inked-up Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and John Frusciante arranged around tribal-style tattoo art designed by Dutch artist Henk Schiffmacher, a.k.a. Hanky Panky.


A definitive funk-rock masterpiece, the cover of the album features the stylised tongues of the band members reaching out towards a single, metaphorical rose, conceptually recontextualised from cover of their previous album Mother’s Milk, with thorny vines in black and white coming out of their open mouths. The band personified Hollywood’s dirty, funky cool and the album stands at the threshold of an enormous cultural shift in the 90s, and remains one of the most iconic album sleeves of the era.


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2 Responses to More Album Cover Outtakes

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I love these outtakes…this album cover is classic and disturbing all at once!

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