Body Count's album cover, featuring artwork by Dave Halili
David M. HaliliAlias : H ~STYLE
30 April 1968|
|Field||Painting / Drawing / Graphics / Illustration / Digital art / Printmaking/ Textile arts / Screen printing|
|Movement||Social realism / Graffiti / Symbolism/ Urban art / Street art / Hip hop / b-boying|
|Works||Ice-T album covers|
Dave Halili is a contemporary American fine arts illustrator and graphic designer of album cover paintings, posters, logos, T-shirts and other graphical merchandise. His best-known works are the album covers for Body Count (Body Count, Born Dead), Ice-T (Home Invasion, VI - Return of the Real), The Skeletones (Skeletones Red) and Moon Ska Records compilation California Ska-Quake. An array of collaborations in the Los Angeles entertainment industry & music scene have garnered him 1 Diamond record plaque, 3 Platinum awards, 3 Gold records and 2 Gold Europe plaques certified and registered by the RIAA.
Halili's artwork on the cover of Body Count became to symbolize the band's song Cop Killer that was widely criticized by the authorities, raising questions about the boundaries between artistic freedom and censorship. This controversy, together with an executive clash over Halili's proposed montage for the jacket of Home Invasion, forced Ice-T to leave Warner Bros. Records. On March 23, 1993 Ice-T released the album with Halili's original illustration produced by his own record label Rhyme Syndicate Records.
Besides the above-named, Halili has also worked with N.W.A, No Doubt, Kurtis Blow, Donald D, King Tee, Stone Temple Pilots, Everlast, Ednaswap, Fishbone /Angelo Moore, Autolux, Gripsta, Keith Sweat, Prince Whipper Whip, Dance Hall Crashers, The Toasters, Royal Crown Revue, Hepcat, Let's Go Bowling, Reel Big Fish, DJ Yutaka and Zebrahead.
The artist is also a member of the Universal Zulu Nation and the original L.A. based Rhyme Syndicate. A serendipitous friendship between Dave and T.V. producer Michael G. Moye ( via Moye's assistant Rocky ) led to a fortuitous business co-op providing promotional merchandise for Fox Broadcasting Company's first prime-time sitcom Married... with Children.
Halili is a Pacific Islands American who educes awareness and recognition of multiracial affairs in many of his art pieces. He resides and works in Orange County, California where he runs a studio and screen printing workshop named 'Halili-Style Graphics & More'.
- "Artist Credits: Dave Halili". ARTIST Direct Music. Retrieved Nov 9, 2011.
- Sherry, James; Neil Aldis (2006). Heavy Metal Thunder: Kick-Ass Cover Art from Kick-Ass Albums. Chronicle Books.
- "News On This Day - April 30 Illustrator". Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. Apr 30, 2013. Retrieved Nov 1, 2013.
- Hamashige, Hope (January 16, 1995). "The Artist and the Bad Rap: Brea designer took heat for cover work on Ice-T album with infamous song 'Cop Killer'". LA Times.
- Hamashige, Hope (January 30, 1995). "The Short, Graphic Career of David Halili: Controversy over an Ice-T rap album he designed hasn't hurt". LA Times.
- Ice-T, ( Author ); Heidi Siegmund ( Editor ) (February 1, 1994). The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?. St Martins Press.
- Rule, Sheila (January 29, 1993). "Ice-T and Warner Are Parting Company". New York Times.
- Pareles, John (March 29, 1993). "Ice-T's Latest Gangster-Rap Caper Finds Him Alone and on His Own". New York Times.
- "Halili Style Graphics". Manta. Retrieved Nov 9, 2011.
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