Category Archives: The Art of Packaging

Vintage Fire Cracker Packaging

Happy (almost) 4th of July. We’ll be counting fingers on Wednesday.

Not Just Colored Vinyl

Unless you’ve been living in a cave (or the midwest) you’ll know that vinyl records are back, and back big.  Right now vinyl is outselling all formats of recorded music. I guess people were just bored w/ stealing badly compressed music off the internet – hopefully so. In order to give the buyer a completely different experience record labels have upped their game by producing unusual and uniques pieces. It’s usually the smaller record companies like Jack White’s Third Man Records that will do the real cool stuff – You may find a pink vinyl copy of Madonnas new LP from a major label but you’re never gonna’ find one filled with her hair and urine (honest to god – see below). Most of the records don’t play that great but what the hell – they’re just so damn cool.

Liquid filled

Liquid filled – Friday the 13th OST

Aliens OST - Alien Blood Version. Limited to 75 copies

Aliens OST – Alien Blood Version. Limited to 75 copies

X-ray

X-ray

In the cold war era Soviet Union, bootleggers built homemade recording machines and ingeniously copied and pressed forbidden records by the state on discarded X-Rays which they clandestinely obtained from hospitals. They would etch a copy of a record into the X-Ray, cut it into a circle with scissors, and use a cigarette to burn a hole in the middle, allowing the record to be played on any record player.    http://coloredvinylrecords.com/blog/25-unusual-and-creative-records/

Glow in the dark

Glow in the dark by Man or Astroman?

String filled record by The Liars  - LP - MESS

String filled record by The Liars – LP – MESS

 

Multi cuts

Multi hole, lathe cut

 

Bible Ash

Bible Ash

Hellmouth burned an old German Bible from the late 1800s and pressed the ash into the ‘Bible Ash’ variant of their Gravestone Skylines album, which was limited to a total of 33 copies.

Ice Mold

Ice Mold

Shout Out Louds, a band from Sweden managed to create a playable ice disk for their single ‘Blue Ice’ in collaboration with TBWA Stockholm. The track can be recreated on a record player but only a few people got the chance to use it. They sent a kit to ten select people along with a set of instructions on how to make the album, along with a mold and a bottle of water.  http://coloredvinylrecords.com/blog/25-unusual-and-creative-records/

Zoetrope

Zoetrope

Zoetrope vinyl releases have printed or etched images on them that produce continuous moving pictures when spun on a record player.

Color combos

Color combos

Glassjaw‘s Coloring Book has 120 unique color combinations using yellow, orange, green, red, blue and white. The vinyl separates into a 7″, 10″ ring and 12″ ring and comes framed with a hand-numbered sticker on the back of the frame.

Chocolate

Chocolate

French DJ and producer Breakbot had a limited pressing of 120 copies of his single cast in edible chocolate and was intended to be played only once and then eaten.

3 RPM

3 RPM

The world’s first 3 RPM record, given away for free at Third Man Records‘s Three Year Anniversary Party. It’s cut at the slowest speed yet it plays super fast (and needs to be spun by hand as no turntable can play it). It’s a compilation of 7 inch records but packaged like a 12 inch, containing every Blue Series single released.  http://coloredvinylrecords.com/blog/25-unusual-and-creative-records/

Asteroid Dust

Asteroid Dust

Emperor Yes’s LP – An Island Called Earth had a limited pressing of 100 records, containing crushed meteorite dust.

Blood

Blood

Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy had her blood mixed w/ clear vinyl for a limited release. The Flaming Lips went went step further for their LP Heady Fwends having the blood of Kesha, Nick Cave and Yoko Ono (among others) pressed into their LP.

Hair and Pee

Hair and Pee

Eohippus went even further with their single “Getting Your Hair Wet with Pee” single. That’s right yellow vinyl embedded w/ urine soaked hair.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Barren Harvest‘s Subtle Cruelties clear vinyl edition was pressed with real autumn leaves inside and was limited to 100 copies.

Cremains

Cremains

British company And Vinyly offers a unique service to their customers. They press your or your loved one’s ashes into a 12″ clear vinyl, containing music or any audio of your choice. All you have to do is to deliver the ashes to a pressing plant in London and pay the £3,000 for the ‘Basic Package’, which includes 30 copies of the record.

Platinum and Gold

Platinum and Gold

Both LPs for The Great Gatsby soundtrack are set are blindingly reflective metallized discs. Disc one is platinum and disc two is gold. These are the first-ever commercially available records made using these precious metals via this process. Not stopping there, the records come housed in an entirely unique laser-cut wooden LP jacket riveted to aluminum spines. If you can find one it’ll set you back about $400.

Lazer Etched

Lazer Etched

Normally, laser etching is only done on a non-playable side of a vinyl record. However, with some tweaking, laser etching can be done also on the groove side of the record without affecting the playing grooves. If hit by a light, the etching reflects in polychromatic colors.

Thanks to      http://coloredvinylrecords.com

Design: Extreme DVD, Blu-Ray sets

These aren’t all from 2013 but a good many are. It’s nice to see some actual thought going into some of packaging. However, this did seem to be the year where they took the main characters head and simply filled it w/ DVDs, but that’s OK (the Jackass package is pretty clever). Favorites? The Dexter box is very cool as is the Breaking Bad collection. The older films like the 10 Commandments and the Sound of Music seem pretty uninspired  but a life sized bust of Moses filled w/ media might not be the way to go with these films.

Breaking Bad - The whole series in a cool plastic barrel and nice apron

Breaking Bad – The whole series in a cool plastic barrel and nice Los Pollos Hermanos apron

Dexter - The series in a nice wood 'blood slide' box

Dexter – The series in a nice wood ‘blood slide’ box

Jackass - The movies (I think)

Jackass – The movies (I think)

Inland Empire - Japan only w/ copy of shooting script and Lynch 1

Inland Empire – Japan only w/ copy of shooting script and Lynch 1

Marvel Heroes (Iron Man, Thor, et al) - Phase one w/ light up features in a sweet attache

Marvel Heroes (Iron Man, Thor, et al) – Phase one w/ light up features in a sweet attache

Masters of Horror - In a dirty skull

Masters of Horror – In a dirty skull

The 10 Commandments w/ 'parting sea' case and tablets - tons of extras

The 10 Commandments w/ ‘parting sea’ case and tablets – tons of extras

Game of Thrones - Series 1 & 2 in wood case w/ 'secret door' and scroll

Game of Thrones – Series 1 & 2 in wood case w/ ‘secret door’ and scroll

Up - W/ Pixars signature hopping lamp (don't know if it actually hops)

Up – W/ Pixars signature hopping lamp (don’t know if it actually hops)

Predator - All the movies in a 3D head

Predator – All the movies in a 3D head

The Walking Dead - Series 3

The Walking Dead – Series 3

Heathers - Contained in a nice metal locker w/ T-Shirt and book

Heathers – Contained in a nice metal locker w/ T-Shirt and book

I Robot - Bad movie, nice packaging

I Robot – Bad movie, nice packaging

For Mom - The Sound Of Music - w/ a whole bunch of your favorite things.

For Mom – The Sound Of Music – w/ a whole bunch of your favorite things.

X Men - All the movies so far

X Men – All the movies so far

Planet of the Apes - All the movies from the 70's in a creepy ape head

Planet of the Apes – All the movies from the 70’s in a creepy ape head

Friday the 13th - Everything plus the 3D one w/ glasses

Friday the 13th – Everything plus the 3D one w/ glasses and mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elaborate CD Box Sets – 2013

It’s that time of year again. Here are a few grand ideas for stuffing stuffers. Perhaps Santa will bring you the $300. Clash retrospective in a cardboard boom box, the 15 CD Blind Guardian (?) set or the entire work of John (Cougar) Mellencamp in one nicely designed box. 2013’s designs seem a little less elaborate than the last few years, no metal traveling case with 6 anatomically sized dildos of each of the members (ha) of Rammstein or the $500 box of U2’s single LP – Actung Baby! There is some nice stuff though so save your pennies and happy holidays.

The Clash - with tons of extras.

The Clash – with tons of extras

Moody Blues

Moody Blues

Merzbow (?)

Merzbow (?)

Small Faces

Small Faces

Wings Over America

Wings Over America

Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian

Johnny Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp, John Mellencamp

Johnny Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp, John Mellencamp

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Kishi Bashi - Limited 7" single set (not a CD but beautiful)

Kishi Bashi – Limited 7″ single set (not a CD but beautiful)

Sonic Youth - Japan Only

Sonic Youth – Japan only release of The Eternal

The Kinks at the BBC

The Kinks at the BBC

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

Deicide (?)

Deicide (?)

Beatles - 50th Anniversary Set

Beatles – 50th Anniversary Set

Beach Boys

Beach Boys

Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Count-down: Ben Cooper & Collegeville Costumes

How could anyone resist sporting a cheap nylon apron and thin vinyl mask to go as one of your all-time favorite characters, i.e.  Jaws, the motorcycle guy in the Village People, Rubiks Cube, or perhaps one of the Beatles or Mr T or even Alf. All great costumes, indeed. There were many companies that put out these kinds of costumes but Ben Cooper and Collegeville were the Kings. Hard to see out of (perfect for dark busy trafficked streets) either too tight or too loose (one size does not fit all) and completely cheap and and weird, these were the easy way out for 1950’s and 60’s kids and moms. For $2.00 you could be almost anybody or anything – badly.

beatle george

garfield

Witch and Hot Wheels Racer

Witch and Hot Wheels Racer

Bruce the Shark

Bruce the Shark

Village People Leather Dude & Morgan Freeman from The Electric Co.

Village People Leather Dude & Morgan Freeman from The Electric Co.

Mr. T

Mr. T

Andy Panda

Andy Panda

The Banana Splits

The Banana Splits

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Evil Witch

Evil Witch

Spaceman

Spaceman

The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Alf

Alf

Gay Carrington

Gay Carrington

Superman and Batman

Superman and Batman

Pogo

Pogo

Various

Various

Ninja

Ninja

The Catman (Kiss) and The Hulk

The Catman (Kiss) and The Hulk

Smurfette

Smurfette

kits

Skeleton

Kids

Kids

The Art of Packaging: Studebaker

Studebaker – Founded in 1852 under the name of the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, the company was originally a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military.

Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles, all sold under the name “Studebaker Automobile Company”. Over the next 50 years, the company established an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and unique design. The South Bend plant ceased production on December 20, 1963, and the last Studebaker automobile rolled off the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, assembly line on March 16, 1966.

Below are advertisements and production photos for many of the Studebaker models, starting in 1950 and ending with the 1963, Raymond Loewy designed Avanti. Beautiful cars, beautiful ads.

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1956 Studebaker Ad-02

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