Growing up, I honestly was raised as a Metallica kid. I preprogrammed to hate anything Megadeth before listening to a single track by them. It wasn’t until in high school I met a friend that was into way more gnarlier metal then I was and handed a copy of “Rust in Peace“. Taking that album was probably the most open minded thing and the wildest thing I’ve ever listen to at that time. Dave Mustaine’s always shrill vocals gave them album meaning, but it was definitely newcomer guitarist Marty Friedman that carried it to places that were sharp, vicious, pounding, grim, but overall, and most important, fast. Even compared to Megadeth’s more highly acclaimed albums like “Peace Sells“, or “So Far, So Good, So What?“, “Rust in Peace” still remains as my top favorite amongst others, and I’m certain it’s owned to Marty for making that possible.
Later hearing about his life after his departure from Megadeth and starting anew in Japan, Marty Friedman has taken a new role as a different kind of icon for me. Aside from the fact that I myself have giant aspirations of visiting Japan as much I can in my life, Marty’s become somewhat of an ambassador of the country by spread knowledge of its sociology and musical landscape, something I’ve always been curious about, but unfortunately don’t have many outlets to discover such information without him. Marty has embraced this knowledge and has applied it to his personal discography, allowing other from around the be more aware of the type of influence of Japanese music has.
I made this poster to appear to like a newspaper cut of Marty on top of a blazing Japanese sun design with him baring his name in both the English and Japanese translation using the color pallet from “Rust in Peace“. I wanted to make this poster using influences of various Japanese punk flyers found in his neighboring area of Shinjuku.