I’ve done a variety of visual works, including commissioned design work, album covers for my own releases, and viral memes.
Every year, Global Dance Music hosts the largest New Year’s Eve Festival in the United States; Decadence. In the weeks leading up to the event, the internet is bombarded with memes of fake additions to the lineup, the most ubiquitous of which I’ve been creating and releasing myself with the permission of Global Dance Music.
The following galleries are complete collections of my Decadence memes from the past few years. Click on any to start a slideshow, and enjoy!
Trigger warning: some of these are, to say the least, irreverent.
Decadence 2015: Phase 1
Decadence 2015: Phase 2
Decadence 2016: Phase 1
Decadence 2016: Phase 2
Decadence 2016: Phase 3
Decadence 2017: Phase 1
Decadence 2017: Phase 2
Decadence 2018: Phase 1
Decadence 2018: Phase 2
When Donald Trump tweeted “despite the constant negative press covfefe” on June 1st, 2017 at 12:06AM ET, the internet erupted in memes and jokes in response to the spelling error. My design, “Mein Covfefe,” a redesign of the cover art for Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” went instantly viral, being shared by everyone from George Takei to “God.”
The image even ended up projected onto the side of a building in San Francisco.
But perhaps the most unexpected outcome from this came when I was contacted by Dr. Elizabeth Otto from the University of New York at Buffalo, who wanted to include the design in her book, “Art and Resistance in Germany.” I signed off on it, and the meme literally made history.
I’ve always had a knack for drawing, but it wasn’t until the last few years that I mustered the courage to begin sharing some of it with the world. Here are a few of my comic strips.
Flyers and Release Artwork
I am occasionally commissioned to do flyer designs, and sometimes take it upon myself to design my own release artwork if I am feeling up to the task. Here are a few examples.
© Joseph Mancuso, 2019.