Animal Collective's Trippy Cover Defended By Its Enigmatic Designer

Animal Collective's Trippy Cover Defended By Its Enigmatic Designer
By now, a lot of people have had a dose of Animal Collective’s new whacked-out Merriweather Post Pavilion album art. You know? That trippier than trippy purple-green leaf thing that moves but doesn’t move? Well, love it or hate it, if you think all it takes to make such eye candy is a joint or two and a few hours of Photoshop, the designer says you are dead wrong.

In a message to Idolator, Animal Collective’s artist had these clarifying words to say about his/her creation: "Neither weed nor Photoshop were used in the creation of the cover. Say what you will about the aesthetics of the cover — I could care less about that — but the idea that one could light up a joint and make that cover happen in Photoshop shows a total lack of understand of both weed and the Adobe suite of software. Seriously: try it and get back to me."

There you go: no Photoshop, no weed (however, there is no mention of harder, more hallucinogenic substances). If you don’t feel like trying your own hand at making such a psychedelically loaded creation, here are some other optical-illusion album sleeves to get lost in.

Animal Collective "Fireworks”