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. Â I wanted Billie to look completely uninterested on the cover and I had the idea to get BillyÂ 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 Â 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 50Â 24″ x 20″ prints.