|Born||June 29, 1960
Great Bend, Kansas
Look What the Cat Dragged In
One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
Folklore and Superstition
John Scarpati (born June 29, 1960) is a professional photographer whose photography has appeared on hundreds of album and CD covers for bands and individual musicians. He is also the owner of Scarpati Studio, a photography studio that does photography and layouts for advertising campaigns, some of which have won national and regional awards. Scarpati has produced two books based on his photography: Cramp, Slash, & Burn: When Punk and Glam Were Twins  and Eyes Wide Open. The first major solo art exhibit of Scarpat’s work was in1991 at Midem - Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. The exhibit was a dye transfer print series. Scarpati’s work has also appeared in publications such as the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Because of his extensive photography work with so many bands in Hollywood the 1980s, as well as the production of his book Cramp, Slash, & Burn: When Punk and Glam Were Twins, Alarm Magazine has referred to Scarpati as The Anthropologist of the Sunset Strip.
The majority of Scarpati’s photography work has been done in the music industry, having worked on hundreds of album covers and photo shoots across different genres. He has worked with many famous musical artists, such as Rush, Def Leppard, Warrant and Kenny Rogers.
Because of his extensive work with the band Fishbone, Scarpati’s photos were featured in the documentary Everyday Sunshine. In addition, one of Scarpati’s photos of the band was sent to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which also has a collection of artifacts from the band.
In his work through his company Scarpati Studio and other advertising firms, Scarpati has worked as a photographer or art director on a number of advertising campaigns for corporate clients. His artistic approach has won a number of awards, including one national ADDY award  and two regional ADDY awards.
A partial list of Scarpati’s Corporate clients include Bridgestone, Firestone, One Systems, Honda, AKG Microphones, Hunter Fans, Tequila Rose, Vantage Bowling, Fuzion, Paramount Studios, and English Eccentrics. In addition, his cover for the New York Dolls album One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This was used in an iPod Nano advertising campaign.
Scarpati has produced two books based on his photography work. This first, called Eyes Wide Open, is a collection of unusual and artistic images from his work. The Second is called Cramp, Slash, & Burn: When Punk and Glam Were Twins, and focuses on Scarpati's work in the Hollywood music scene in the 1980s.
Eyes Wide Open
The photography artwork in Eyes Wide Open began as an art show exhibit in alternative venues, such as clubs, bars, and hotels. While there may appear to be no obvious cohesive theme to the book, the concept is a collection of fine art prints on a wide array of Substrates. The collection contains a number of artistic examples of the photographer’s work and showcases his creativity.
Cramp, Slash, & Burn: When Punk and Glam Were Twins
Cramp, Slash, & Burn: When Punk and Glam Were Twins is a collection of Scarpati’s photos from the Punk and Glam music industry in Hollywood during the 1980s. The photographs have been cleaned and digitized and the original film was wet drum scanned and digitally remastered to produce high quality images. The book is produced in a 12x12 format to mimic the size of traditional album covers. In addition, life size images of memorabilia from the period, including tick stubs, trinkets, and an authentic can of Aquanet from the time period. The text inside the book is written by band members and others who were a part of the scene at the time. The artwork from the book premiered at La Luz de Jesus Galley in Los Angeles and continues to be on display at various venues around the country.
The book won a Mohawk award  and earned Scarpati the title “Anthropologist of the Sunset strip from Alarm Magazine, which said, “As a photographer, John Scarpati is well known for his work on album covers, each a dynamic and living piece of art. During the 1980s in Los Angeles, he was the music photographer, an anthropologist of the Sunset Strip, his lens documenting the fashion, sounds, and faces in the era of outrageous musical fashion.”  The Indie Reader, Culture Catch, and Felt and Wire also praised the accuracy of the book in documenting the era and scene.
Album cover art
Chronological list of John Scarpati's album cover art.
|1984||Steve Perry||Street Talk||Photography|
|1985||Tex & The Horseheads||Life’s So Cool||Photography|
|1985||Various||The Enigma Variations||Photography|
|1985||Stryper||Soldiers Under Command||Photography|
|1985||Stryper||Reason For The Season||Photography|
|1986||Fishbone||In Your Face||Photography|
|1986||Poison||Look What the Cat Dragged In||Photography|
|1986||The Unforgiven||The Unforgiven||Photography|
|1987||Dramarama||Box Office Bomb||Photography|
|1988||L.A. Guns||L.A. Guns||Photography|
|1988||Kix||Blow My Fuse||Photography|
|1988||Social Distortion||Prison Bound||Album Design|
|1988||Oingo Boingo||Boingo Alive||Photography|
|1988||Various Artists||A Town South of Bakersfield Vol 1||Photography|
|1989||Warrant||Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich||Photography|
|1989||Kingdom Come (band)||In Your Face||Photography|
|1989||Michael Monroe||Not Fakin' It||Photography|
|1989||Dramarama||Stuck in Wonderamaland||Photography|
|1989||Babylon A. D.||Babylon A. D.||Photography|
|1989||Bonfire (band)||Point Blank||Photography|
|1989||Fates Warning||Perfect Symmetry||Photography|
|1990||Hurricane||Slave to the Thrill||Photography|
|1990||The Northern Pikes||Snow in June||Photography|
|1990||Blowfly||Twisted World of Blowfly||Photography|
|1990||Electric Angels||Electric Angels||Photography|
|1990||Social Distortion||Social Distortion||Photography|
|1991||Rush||Roll the Bones||Photography|
|1991||The Storm||The Storm||Photography|
|1991||Armored Saint||Symbol of Salvation||Photography|
|1991||Aldo Nova||Blood on the Bricks||Photography|
|1991||Me Phi Me||One||Photography|
|1991||The Scream||Let It Scream||Photography|
|1992||Warrant||Dog Eat Dog||Photography|
|1992||Steve Perry||Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased||Photography|
|1995||Bill Miller||Raven in the Snow||Photography|
|1995||Marshall Chapman||It's About Time||Photography|
|1995||Philip Claypool||A Circus Leaving Town||Photography|
|1996||Dramarama||The Best of Dramarama: 18 Big Ones||Photography|
|1996||Warrant||The Best of Warrant||Photography|
|1996||Al Anderson||Pay Before You Pump||Photography|
|1996||Jason and the Scorchers||Clear Impetuous Morning||Photography|
|1997||Eddie Rabbitt||Beatin’ the Odds||Photography|
|1997||Scorpions||Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years||Photography|
|1997||Rick Altizer||Blue Plate Special||Photography|
|1998||The Thompson Brothers Band||Blame It on the Dog||Photography|
|1998||Pam Tillis||Every Time||Photography|
|1998||Eddie Rabbitt||Songs from Rabbittland||Photography|
|1998||The Insyderz||Fight of My Life||Photography|
|1999||Brooks & Dunn||Tight Rope||Photography|
|1999||Jetboy||Lost and Found||Photography|
|2000||The Kentucky Headhunters||Songs From the Grass String Ranch||Photography|
|2000||Ray Price||Prisoner of Love||Photography|
|2000||The Sky Kings||From Out of the Blue||Photography|
|2001||Rush||Chronicles/ Moving Pictures||Photography|
|2001||Danni Leigh||Divide and Conquer||Photography|
|2002||Oingo Boingo||20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection||Photography|
|2003||Social Distortion||Greatest Hits||Photography|
|2003||Buddy Jewell||Buddy Jewell||Photography|
|2003||Jamie Lee Thurston||I Just Wanna Do My Thing||Photography|
|2003||Janis Ian||Working Without a Net||Photography|
|2004||Brad Cotter||Patient Man||Photography|
|2004||Restless Heart||Still Restless||Photography|
|2004||Lane Turner||Wanting More||Photography|
|2005||Jo Dee Messina||Delicious Surprise||Photography|
|2005||Hank Williams, Jr.||That's How They Do It in Dixie||Photography|
|2006||New York Dolls||One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This||Photography|
|2006||Mechanical Birds||The Possibility of Flight||Photography|
|2007||Social Distortion||Greatest Hits||Photography|
|2007||Randy Kohrs||Old Photograph||Photography|
|2008||De Novo Dahl||Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound||Photography|
|2008||Black Stone Cherry||Folklore and Superstition||Photography|
|2009||Doyle and Debbie||Performing all their top hits to the very best of their ability||Photography|
|2009||Korby Lenker||Lovers and Fools||Photography|
|2012||Craig Morrison||Craig Morrison||Photography|
|2012||Deborah Allen||Hear Me Now||Photography|
|2012||Fishbone||Every Day Sunshine||Photography|
|2012||Redd Kross||Researching The Blues||Photo editing|
|2012||Korby Lenker||Korby Lenker||Photography|
Awards and Notable Achievements
Gold & Platinum Records
Steve Perry - Street Talk
Poison - Look What the Cat Dragged In
L.A. Guns – L.A. Guns
Great White - Hooked
Warrant – Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
Warrant - Cherry Pie
Rush – Roll The Bones
Kix – Blow My Fuse
Rush – Presto
Brooks & Dunn – Tight Rope
Buddy Jewell – Buddy Jewell
Notable Achievements and Recognition
1984 - Scarpati’s 1st album cover to go Platinum – Steve Perry / Street Talk: Columbia
1989 - Shot 1st music video – Tone Lōc / Wild Thing for Delicious Vinyl /camera operator DP
1990 - Juno Award – Best album cover – Rush / Presto - Atlantic
1991 - Worst album cover – Rolling Stone Magazine – Warrant Cherry Pie – Columbia
1992 - Juno Award – Best album cover – Rush / Roll the Bones – Atlantic
2005 - Honda Ad Campaign featured in Luerzer's Archive
2006 - iTunes podcast – interview with Scarpati by light source
2007 - Silver Addy “national” Design CD/DVD packaging – Mechanical Birds
2008 - Silver Addy – photography print Campaign “local” – De Novo Dahl - CD packaging
2008 - Apple iPod Nano “TV & Print” New York Dolls cover featured in advertising campaign
2009 - Shutterbug Magazine – feature article (March) Pro’s Choice
2010 – Featured article PDN magazine – Scarpati Rocks the House – Legends of Photography Issue
2011 - 2 full page spread - Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition – Bridgestone Tires Campaign
- "Allmusic Guide Listing for John Scarpati". Allmuisc (Rovi). Retrieved 15 January 2013.
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- "Goodreads Catalog Reference for Cramp Slash & Burn". Goodeads Librarians. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Goodreads Catalog Reference for Eyes Wide Open". Goodeads Librarians. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Metal Hammer Article on Scarpati's Midem exhibit". John Scarpati Hooked on Covers. Metal magazine. 1 April 1991. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
|last1=in Authors list (help)
- HARMANCI, REYHAN (17 October 2010). "Showcases for Locally Made Documentaries". New York Times Article on Fishbone. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- Eddy, Lincoln (19 Oct 2012). "Cramp, Slash & Burn: Punk and glam through the lens of rock photographer John Scarpati". Alarm Magazine article on Cramp Slash & Burn. Alarm Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "Smithsonian Presents Screening of Documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone". Newsdesk Newsroom of the Smithsonian. Smithsonian Institution. 10 Nov 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "List of ADDY Award Winners". 2007 ADDY Awards. American Advertising Federation. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "List of Regional 2011 ADDY Award Winners". 2011 ADDY Awards. American Advertising Federation Nashville. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Subramony, Ambika (16 May 2011). "Gallery: A Visual History of the iPod". MacLife Article on the History of iPod Advertising. MacLife. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Altpick Article". Altpick Article on Eyes Wide Open. Altpick. 14 Jul 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- Zennand, Tina (12 Sep 2010). "Webdesigner Article". Webdesigner Article on Eyes Wide Open. Webdesigner. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "La Luz de Jesus Press release". Press Release for Cramp Slash & Bur Show. La Luz de Jesus Gallery. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- Biederbeck, Tom (14 Sep 2012). "Mohawk Show Winner Cramp, Slash & Burn". Felt & Wire Magazine article on Cramp Slash & Burn. Felt & Wire Magazine. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- Wright, Dusty (24 Jul 2012). "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution". Culture Catch article on Cramp Slash & Burn. Culture Catch. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Rush Juno Awards". Juno Awards Database Listings. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.