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    Perhaps Trent never said it, but Broken cover could (potentially!) be inspired by Low - which he admitted was among his favourite records.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasonsinthesky View Post
    Uh, what? Is that a real thing? I've never heard that in the last 15 years of fandom. Give me sources! There's nothing on wiki or NINwiki.
    I am having no luck citing my source here. Anyone able to lend a hand? @Leviathant? @Lt. Randazzo ? @allegro? @Malechite? @sheepdean? One of y'all with ungodly NIN-related knowledge?

    At some point in the 1990s, I could swear I read something that said that the cover art for Broken (and, in turn, Fixed) was assembled by cutting up a picture of Trent and arranging it so it looked like flames. I cannot find any reference to this online at the moment. Because I was able to find it in the '90s, before I had an internet connection and everything in the world was archived, I think it was an interview from a reasonably major publication, but I could be wrong.

    Until now, it never even occurred to me to question the legitimacy of this interview or document (assuming it does actually exist), but given twenty years of perspective (i.e., Impossible Pain) on the weird shit people lie about, since I'm having trouble even finding it, I'm definitely curious. I will feel like a bit of an ass if I've been telling people this for decades (you know, because it comes up super often) and it's been untrue.

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    Plus it really totally changes the cover, from "orange blob" to "profound orange blob"... Would be a shame if it had to revert back to being an hideous piece of bad protoshop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khrz View Post
    Plus it really totally changes the cover, from "orange blob" to "profound orange blob"... Would be a shame if it had to revert back to being an hideous piece of bad protoshop!
    Not going to lie: I didn't read the last few posts before scanning over this, and subsequently said to myself "heh, there's nothing profound about Trump."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sesquipedalism View Post
    I am having no luck citing my source here. Anyone able to lend a hand? @Leviathant? @Lt. Randazzo ? @allegro? @Malechite? @sheepdean? One of y'all with ungodly NIN-related knowledge?

    At some point in the 1990s, I could swear I read something that said that the cover art for Broken (and, in turn, Fixed) was assembled by cutting up a picture of Trent and arranging it so it looked like flames. I cannot find any reference to this online at the moment. Because I was able to find it in the '90s, before I had an internet connection and everything in the world was archived, I think it was an interview from a reasonably major publication, but I could be wrong.

    Until now, it never even occurred to me to question the legitimacy of this interview or document (assuming it does actually exist), but given twenty years of perspective (i.e., Impossible Pain) on the weird shit people lie about, since I'm having trouble even finding it, I'm definitely curious. I will feel like a bit of an ass if I've been telling people this for decades (you know, because it comes up super often) and it's been untrue.
    I gotta say, Sesqui... that's not ringing any bells. I think the general wisdom on NIN cover art was that none had featured photos of Trent except Pretty Hate Machine - up until With Teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sesquipedalism View Post
    At some point in the 1990s, I could swear I read something that said that the cover art for Broken (and, in turn, Fixed) was assembled by cutting up a picture of Trent and arranging it so it looked like flames. I cannot find any reference to this online at the moment. Because I was able to find it in the '90s, before I had an internet connection and everything in the world was archived, I think it was an interview from a reasonably major publication, but I could be wrong.

    Until now, it never even occurred to me to question the legitimacy of this interview or document (assuming it does actually exist), but given twenty years of perspective (i.e., Impossible Pain) on the weird shit people lie about, since I'm having trouble even finding it, I'm definitely curious. I will feel like a bit of an ass if I've been telling people this for decades (you know, because it comes up super often) and it's been untrue.
    I can somehow relate as there were so many things that came and gone with the world of NIN in my mind when digging for facts and overall pieces of information here and there. I totally get what you're saying though as there where times when I found interviews and pictures only to completely forget about them and remember them very vaguely.

    If that really is true, and hopefully surfaces if so, that would be pretty cool, considering Burning Bright (Field on Fire) because it could be looked as Trent already being a field on fire, but simply just not realizing it yet. (Perhaps in character and/or real life persona.)

    I hate it when that happens too, but it seems bound to happen considering how many things are said about NIN, yet neither confirmed or denied, let known fully known or understood in their absolute context.

    As for my favorite NIN artwork, I'd probably have to go with The Fragile, including the entire booklet. I've always seen it as very complimentary eye candy to the actual music itself.

    (That is, if I were to just pick one album out of them all as far as artwork goes as of right now.)
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    Favorite NIN artwork

    I really like the aesthetics of this series of 2006 live shows posters, they're kind of a mix between WT and YZ


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    Looking at them, I can't imagine the Broken art being pictures of Trent at all. The sleeve design (incl. photography) is credited to Gary Talpas, as well.

    If you ask me, it looks like a close up shot of, like, silk sheets with an orange filter over it. A bit like this.

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    fucking this. it's such a strong visual statement and says a 1000 words tbh. almost like a painting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hani View Post


    fucking this. it's such a strong visual statement and says a 1000 words tbh. almost like a painting.
    Not that it really matters, but did we ever figure out whose arm that is? I've always liked to think it's Trent's own hand, shopped onto his shoulder. Like the pieces of who he was coming to drag him down, make him slip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hani View Post


    fucking this. it's such a strong visual statement and says a 1000 words tbh. almost like a painting.
    I love it too, is this the only album artwork where Trent actually appears? It makes it seem even more personal.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sesquipedalism View Post
    Not that it really matters, but did we ever figure out whose arm that is? I've always liked to think it's Trent's own hand, shopped onto his shoulder. Like the pieces of who he was coming to drag him down, make him slip.
    It's Alessandro Cortini's arm, source: nin.wiki as said by modwheelmood in a Japanese interview

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    Quote Originally Posted by HWB View Post
    I love it too, is this the only album artwork where Trent actually appears? It makes it seem even more personal.




    It's Alessandro Cortini's arm, source: nin.wiki as said by modwheelmood in a Japanese interview
    D'oh. Well, it still works as an interpretation. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HWB View Post
    I love it too, is this the only album artwork where Trent actually appears? It makes it seem even more personal.
    It's the only album cover Trent is on, yes. He has only ever been on the inside of the booklet for PHM, and the inside of the CD case for WT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizfan View Post
    The artwork on Year Zero and YZR was perhaps the closest we ever got to seeing a depiction of the dystopian future of the concept (the blurry, glitchy ARG videos weren't as eye-popping, as they aimed for raw realism). Most of the art was made by Matthew Santoro, a visual effects artist who used to work at Hydraulx and is now making a movie of his own called Higher Power (it's not the YouTube star of the same name, but their IMDb credits are all mixed up).
    Right, so, I spoke with the IMDb admins and they rectified the situation. This is now the proper page for Year Zero artist Matthew Charles Santoro. Again, very little is known about this guy's work. I haven't seen his contributions being brought up in any Year Zero conversations. The art of Rob, Russell Mills, David Carson and Gary Talpas has been discussed to death, but this guy's art? He made one of the most memorable NIN covers ever, bringing to the YZ concept the blockbuster-like quality that it aimed for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butter_hole View Post
    The only Sheridan ones are the in-studio ones, I thought?

    There's a bunch here: http://phillipgraybill.com/music-boo...nch-nails/NIN/
    Sorry for digging up the thread but wow I didn't know those pictures were made this way. And there's a lot that were not released with the album. Those are all gorgeous. thank you.

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    My favorite NIN artwork is anything from the Year Zero era. Amazing stuff that helped draw me into becoming a NIN fan.

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    While I already mentioned The Fragile, I think just as far as the front album cover art alone goes, Pretty Hate Machine turns out to be my most favorite, since The Fragile got my vote as far as cover art, both inside and out. Anyway, I also still can't decide between the original version and the remastered version. I just love both of them equally.

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    I never quite grasped the idea behind changing that cover so much - shift colours, turn it 90 degrees, text in capitals... meh

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenAkenobi View Post
    I never quite grasped the idea behind changing that cover so much - shift colours, turn it 90 degrees, text in capitals... meh
    If you'd never read Rob Sheridan's notes about that, they're super fascinating (IMO) - http://www.nin.wiki/Pretty_Hate_Machine#Artwork

    The short version is that the original artwork didn't exist anymore, so they had to completely recreate it from scratch anyway, which led to various new creative decisions being available. Regardless of whether you like the remaster design or not, that link's got a lot of info about the process that went into it.

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    Yeah, i read that before and still it looks like the final thing could benefit from even more adventurous approach

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    I think it's one of the best cases of changing the art for a remaster ever. It's immediately recognizable without being exactly the same, it updates the cover to match the darker palettes of the band's future albums, and it's not ugly. I don't think it gets much better than that.

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    This might belong in the controversial NIN opinions thread, but I definitely prefer the remastered PHM artwork. I think Rob & Trent improved on the original cover and made it even better. The colors of the original looks pretty dated to my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonic_discord View Post
    This might belong in the controversial NIN opinions thread, but I definitely prefer the remastered PHM artwork. I think Rob & Trent improved on the original cover and made it even better. The colors of the original looks pretty dated to my eyes.
    When I was first introduced to PHM I only listened to and saw the artwork for the remastered version. I was so confused when I finally took note of the original artwork, thinking my boyfriend who showed it to me was playing a joke on me. I didnt think it was possible that the PHM album was supposed to look so bright for being NIN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonic_discord View Post
    The colors of the original looks pretty dated to my eyes.
    I definitely agree. The cover of most NIN albums are fairly timeless and look like they could be from anything, but original PHE just screams "1980's album" to me, especially with that rippled "effect" put over it.

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    Favorite nin art work... all the content that Alex over at 42Entertainment has put together as Bottom Of The Pyram1d. His work is sick.

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    The Hesitation Marks era artwork is pretty sweet, the deluxe edition cover is my favourite piece. The bright orange with the cracks and the cropped NIN logo looks so awesome.

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    Wait, deluxe edition cover is not orange, it's black and dark red...

    one of my favourite too
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenAkenobi View Post
    Wait, deluxe edition cover is not orange, it's black and dark red...
    I believe he was referring to the iTunes artwork with the fishing lures:


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