Los Angeles graffiti artists Galo Make Canote created the masthead design on the cover of the September issue of Esquire Magazine. He answered a few questions about the cover.
1. How did you get involved in working on the September issue of Esquire Magazine cover?
It was more a fluke than anything. It started out with me contacting them and proposing the idea. It took several attempts. When the idea of Sam Worthington holding a spray can came up, guess who they had in mind and contacted to do something graffy?
2. How much freedom did you have on the design? Were there other designs that did not make the cut?
I had complete freedom. The initial idea was to redo the entire masthead in graffiti form. But after thinking it over, I thought to myself, that it'd be best if I kept the actual script and just tweak it out a bit with drips and over-sprays. They fell head over heels over it and were totally not expecting it. It was pretty much the only design submitted.
3. That is one great cover. Do you think society is more accepting of graffiti?
Thank you. And most definitely. Although it is still frowned upon, society is being more receptive to it and actually realizing that it is a growing market and marketable medium.
4. Any more work that we should be looking out for in the future?
Yeah - there are a few things brewing. I often don't talk about what it is I am working on or have in the works. I like waiting til it comes out to talk about it, to surprise people. I strongly live by the saying: "don't talk about it, be about it."