Posted: Jan 10 2013

Wale recently reached out to me to create the single cover artwork for "Bad" feat. Tiara Thomas that was originally off his mixtape. As soon as I heard the song I was in love. Wale has a way of connecting with females through his musical poetry and I was determined to create a visual that lived up to it. The song is about a woman who has a difficult time loving with her heart, but not in the bedroom. In the artwork, her heart is missing and she has intimate scratches on her back. Although she is smiling coyly, she has mascara running down her face because deep down she still yearns for the love she can't receive.

Work in progress. In painting this artwork I have probably listened to the song over 500x. I can perform it word for word.

The finished cover.

If you haven't heard the song, you can listen below.


Thank you to Wale, Shari, Kyser and everyone at Atlantic/MMG for the opportunity!


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  • Posted by Esther on April 18, 2018

    I’ve been to desperately get your art tattooed on me and finally this weekend, I have the means to do so. The lyrics, the art moved me. 💛
    I just thought I’d let you know.

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