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FARM­ERS AND HEAVY METAL – WHETHER IT’S MU­SIC OR MA­CHIN­ERY – GO HAND IN HAND.

Successful Farming - - ACROSS THE EDITOR'S DESK -

You may not know Jay Vigon, but chances are you’ve seen his work. Es­pe­cially if you like rock ’n’ roll. Vigon is a well­known artist and de­signer of al­bum cov­ers. In his 40+ years as an artist, he’s done mem­o­rable work for mu­si­cians like Prince

(the Pur­ple Rain ty­pog­ra­phy), Bon Jovi (the band’s trade­mark logo), Tom Petty and the Heart­break­ers, Van

Halen, and more. With 100+ al­bum cov­ers in his port­fo­lio, we could think of no bet­ter de­signer to cre­ate our “Heavy Metal” cover art for Suc­cess­ful Farm­ing mag­a­zine. Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Matt Str­elecki was ex­cited to give Vigon, of Des Moines, Iowa, a call and work to­gether on a project. The ma­jor sto­ries in the Novem­ber is­sue were ideal for a de­sign that re­flects SF read­ers’ in­ter­est in heavy metal – whether it’s mu­sic or ma­chin­ery.

Vigon took cues from agri­cul­tural equip­ment as de­sign in­spi­ra­tion – like the trac­tor steer­ing wheel. He added vis­ual el­e­ments that were sig­na­ture mu­sic im­ages of the era. The type is one of a kind, drawn by Vigon per­son­ally.

We’re ex­cited about shar­ing the in­spi­ra­tion and the top-notch ex­e­cu­tion from a true leg­end in the mu­sic busi­ness.

Long live heavy metal!

Jay Vigon dis­plays his work on the walls of his Des Moines, Iowa, stu­dio.

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