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DG #24: On the cover

Issue #24 of Delayed Gratification is out now and we’re loving the cover art for this sixth anniversary edition. The artist, Don Pendleton, is a US artist and former skateboard designer whose work on Pearl Jam’s album Lightning Bolt won him a Grammy for best recording package.

The Curse of Duplicity is a timely piece of art, its title inspired by Pendleton’s experience of reading political stories about the US election. “The character in the centre just had a bit of a shady look in his eye,” he says. “There are a lot of consistent lines in there and then some chaos from intersecting and incongruous lines, and that just felt like the very definition of duplicity: some truth mixed with some blatant lies.”

Having worked in newspapers before, Pendleton – who we interviewed before the US election – is worried about the state of the US press. “These days with most media outlets, there is so much opinion that is projected as fact and in the process, you end up with a lot of very ill-informed Americans. It’s much easier to control their emotions: you can make them afraid, paranoid, angry…” he says. “At this point, people don’t even seem to care about the truth, they simply want someone to agree with them and that has created a ton of disagreement and conflict. Add the internet into the mix and it just seems like a tinderbox ready to explode.”

Read our full interview with Pendleton in DG #24, which is now available in our shop.


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