Dave Halili

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Dave Halili
Body Count Album Cover.jpg
Body Count album cover, featuring artwork by Dave Halili

David M. Halili

Alias : H ~STYLE
(1968-04-30)April 30, 1968
Fullerton, California
Nationality American
Known for Painting / drawing / graphics / illustration / digital art / printmaking / textile arts / screen printing
Notable work Ice-T album covers
Movement Social realism / graffiti / symbolism/ urban art / street art / hip hop / b-boying

Dave Halili is a contemporary American fine arts illustrator, graffiti writer and graphic designer of album cover paintings, posters, logos, T-shirts along with other forms of representational merchandise. His best-known works are 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 Hollywood entertainment industry and indie music scene have garnered him a Diamond record plaque, three Platinum awards, three Gold records and two Gold Europe plaques certified and registered by the RIAA.[1]

Halili's artwork on the cover[2] of Body Count[3] came to symbolize the band's song "Cop Killer", which was widely criticized by the authorities, and raised questions about the boundaries between artistic freedom and censorship.[4][5][6] 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.[7] On March 23, 1993, Ice-T released the album with Halili's original illustration, produced by his own record label Rhyme $yndicate Records.[8]

In addition to the above named, Halili has also worked with N.W.A, No Doubt, Kurtis Blow, Donald D, King Tee, Stone Temple Pilots, Everlast, Monie Love, Ednaswap, Fishbone /Angelo Moore, Autolux, Carla Azar, Gripsta, Keith Sweat, Afrika Islam, DJ Evil E , Prince Whipper Whip, Grandmaster Caz, D-Roc the Executioner, Hijack, Dance Hall Crashers, The Toasters, Royal Crown Revue, Hepcat, Let's Go Bowling, Robert "Bucket" Hingley , Reel Big Fish, DJ Yutaka, DJ Honda and Zebrahead.[4]

Dave is also a lifetime member of the Universal Zulu Nation and the original Los Angeles-based Rhyme $yndicate. A friendship between Halili and TV producer Michael G. Moye (via Moye's assistant Rocky) led to a fortuitous business co-operative, whereby Halili designed promotional merchandise for Fox Broadcasting Company's first prime-time sitcom Married... with Children.[5]

The artist resides and works in Orange County, California, where he runs a studio and screen printing workshop named Halili-Style Graphics & More.[9]


  1. ^ "Artist Credits: Dave Halili". ARTIST Direct Music. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Sherry, James; Neil Aldis (2006). Heavy Metal Thunder: Kick-Ass Cover Art from Kick-Ass Albums. Chronicle Books. 
  3. ^ "News On This Day - April 30 Illustrator". Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. Apr 30, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ Ice-T, (author); Heidi Siegmund (editor) (February 1, 1994). The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?. St Martins Press. 
  7. ^ Rule, Sheila (January 29, 1993). "Ice-T and Warner Are Parting Company". New York Times. 
  8. ^ Pareles, John (March 29, 1993). "Ice-T's Latest Gangster-Rap Caper Finds Him Alone and on His Own". New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Halili Style Graphics". Manta. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 

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