We get notes from time to time asking about the artwork, so here’s a little bit about the cover of “I Am The Hint”. The album is a story that flows from song to song with over-arching themes of love, loss and passion, and we collectively loved the idea of flowers to represent that visually. Flowers are beautiful and hopeful, and almost always connected in some way with love and loss. Different varieties represent totally different things. We began searching obsessively for the right kind of flower for the cover.
We used exotic flowers in group shots, all the while talking to photographers and artists – it started to become more than we expected. At the last minute, sitting around a table looking at designs, Dave, our drummer, casually mentioned that his father is a photographer that sells prints. We checked out his website and Alan Magazine’s photograph of red calla lillies struck us right away. The flowers almost look hand-painted, classic yet passionate. We called Mr. Magazine and asked for permission to use his art and, after Tim’s design work, here it is:
From what we’ve read, calla lillies are very rarely red. The photographer told us he was surprised to find them (genuine red calla lillies, that is), and he grabbed a black backdrop the first chance he could and snapped the shot. Not surprisingly, it’s his best-selling print (or was at the time). They’re majestic and timeless – they usually last longer than most too.
“Like most flowers, the calla lily has a symbolic meaning. It is, ironically, associated with both weddings and funerals. The calla lily is symbolic of marriage and purity because of its white color and its trumpet-like shape, similar to a woman’s shape. It is also the symbol of rebirth and resurrection; therefore, it is widely used in funeral arrangements and planted in cemeteries.” (credit: Pauline Gill)
Tim kept the logo very organic, and the hand-painted font reminded me of some other great bands from way back. The spark is probably my favorite part. We wanted the flowers to be almost explosive and three-dimensional. When it all came together, I loved it.