Volume 040

Gap The Mind

December 2018

Visual Artist: Ric Stultz

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Side A

A1: KUNZITE – “Monks”
A2: Individualist – “WaWaNe”
A3: Knox White – “You’ve Been My Girl”
A4: Captain Kidd – “Limit”
A5: Monsieur Minimal – “Agalia”

Side B

B1: Common Tiger – “The Paisley Agreement”
B2: Monster Rally – “Giant Leaves”
B3: Deep Touch – “Animals”
B4: Snacks – “Move Electric”
B5: HOUNDTRACK – “Soquel”
B6: Pure Colors – “Make Things Better”

Features

  • Die-cut triple gatefold jacket
  • Artwork that wraps around the front, back, and inside
  • Sticker insert
  • Mutant green colored vinyl
    • VIP Variant: Pink slime colored vinyl
  • Intro letter
  • Lyrics & art info insert

About the artist:

Ric Stultz’s artistic worlds feel like a holding pen for unused characters from a wild video game – except those characters have gone rogue and taken over the sketchpad where they live. In his digital illustrations, anthropomorphized devices, animals, and shapes peek out from the corners of a geometric landscape, complete with their own fashion, fears, and fascinations. They recall the idiosyncratic designs of Tim Schafer, though with a bolder approach to color and splatters of paint that blur the relationship between the figures and their backgrounds. And when Ric foregoes the computer, his drawings become even more uncanny. Layers of broad ink-strokes seep the depicted personas in their unnerving world. While the art he’s created for Vinyl Moon is definitely more whimsical, there remains a touch of the deranged that keeps us coming back for more.

Ric Stultz is an unabashed lover of vinyl records, featuring our favorite music medium prominently in many of his works. His unique style has led him to work with brands such as MTV, Nike, and Armada Skis. His designs grace sporting goods, music album art, countless t-shirts, and more. Ric is based in Milwaukee, WI.

– Jason Adams

Intro Letter

How does that old saying go? “If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again”?

Hmm, no. I was thinking more like: “If at first you don’t succeed; lose your freaking mind and try again.”

Yup, that’s the one. That is the mantra I was looking for. That is the week- end-long musical bender I was aiming to lean on to get me through this particular life hurdle.

Don’t let your head be a prison. Storm the yard and flip that bone-bowl into a playground. Leave no thought left unturned! Invite that unruly cast of characters over for dinner! They may leave a mess, but picking through the aftermath is half the fun.

Life is too short to not be a little bit crazy.

– Brandon

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