BILLY JOE ARMSTRONG / GREEN DAY – ‘AMERICAN IDIOT’

GREENDAY PRINT BW print ad

This was taken in Dublin to promote the yet to be released ‘American Idiot’ album. I had to shoot a front cover for one of the guitar magazines and the idea of Billie Joe Armstrong posing with a guitar seemed so cheesey and definetely not at all punk.  I wanted Billie to look completely uninterested on the cover and I had the idea to get Billy chewing on bubble gum and stretching it towards the lens to avoid him having to hold the guitar at all. I expected this to be a difficult shoot but like all good ideas the simplest work the best and Billie was so easy and co-operative throughout the session.

The finished  print is in the style of a screen print with several block overlays over the original image through a dot mesh.Stricty limited to only 50 24″ x 20″ prints.

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