Category Archives: Design

Acid Desert Tour


Check out the Missing Link Ties crew on the Acid Desert Tour. The tour was an long magical journey filled with a creative glow and a worldly vibe. In search of something within the mystical realm, we travelled past Mecca and Bombay Beach all the way to Salvation Mountain. The desert sun was blistering, as we looked around everything glistened with vibrant colors. It was a weird and desolate, but sacred land far from normality. Take a view into the looking glass of the Acid Desert Tour.

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Marijke Koger is a multi-talented artists from Amsterdam who designed clothing for The Beatles and Cream, created custom-painted instruments for John Lennon, Eric Clapton and George Harrison, printed posters sold at the counter culture shops of the day and was commissioned as a muralist to exercise her talents in large format for The Beatles’ Apple Boutique on Baker Street. Her talents were discovered by “psychedelic” photographer Karl Ferris in 1966 in a hippie commune in Ibiza, Spain. This discovery led to her becoming one of the founding members of the Dutch design collective known as “The Fool” who created awesome art and became prominent members of the psychedelic art movement.

“The zeitgeist at 1967 was magical. The magician portrayed was symbolic of the illusion of the physical world and our god-given free will to create what we want in life. In hindsight it was a bit naive, the powers of evil don’t let go of their greed easily. At the time it seemed nothing was impossible and there was a genuine belief the world was going to be a better place.” – Marijke Koger
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Robert Beatty // Album Art

Robert Beatty is an artist and designer who comes up with some with some pretty unique and eclectic album art. He uses a lot of gradients and brights colors to evoke a sort of retro space age vibe that . Most of his art takes a surrealistic approach and is rather fun to look at. Check out some of our favorites below, or you can check out the whole enchilada here.


Storm Elvin Thorgerson R.I.P.

Storm Elvin Thorgerson was an English graphic designer best known for his iconic artwork for rock artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Europe, The Mars Volta, Muse, and Ween. Check out some of his timeless classics below.

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Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a 30 acre sculpture garden created by landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks at his home, Portrack House, near Dumfries in South West Scotland. The garden is inspired by science and mathematics, with sculptures and landscaping that take design cues from black holes and fractals. The garden is not abundant with plants, but rather sets mathematical formulas and scientific phenomenas in a setting that elegantly combine natural features, artificial symmetry, and curves. The garden is private but usually opens on one day each year for a charity event in honor of Charles Jencks late wife who died of cancer.

Keiichi Tanaami

Keiichi Tanaami was born in 1936 in Tokyo, and is one of the leading pop artists of postwar Japan. He has been active as a multi-genre artist since the 1960s as a graphic designer, illustrator, video artist, and fine artist. His career really started taking off during the 1960s during the hippie movement where he designed album covers for bands such as The Monkees and Jefferson Airplane. Later he went on to become the first art director for the Japanese edition of Playboy in 1975. He then suffered from a pulmonary edema where he hovered in a fragile state between life and death and suffered frequent hallucinations. During this time in the 80s and 90s is where a lot of his really twisted and crazier work came into light. Now at 77 he is still going as strong as ever with his very graphic and psychedelic aesthetic that has won him worldwide notoriety. This year he collaborated with Stüssy and designed some killer tees and last year he was honored at the world renown Art Basel in Miami. Good on you Keiichi, may you keep on keeping on for many more years to come brother.