By Adam Nichols
Heres my second entry into the Megadeth Vic Rattlehead Redesign contest, second of three entries I intend on submitting by the closing date on tuesday.
About the 3 images:
As a longtime fan of Megadeth I instantly felt compelled to enter this contest not only for the prizes but just for the honor of redesigning an icon I grew up with (I started listening to Megadeth at about age 8 influenced by my elder brothers) and have loved the iconology of Vic and Megadeth. Naturally Ive chosen to stick as closely to Daves long running image for Megadeth with its strong political views and visuals. I noticed 99% of the entries so far were just logo designs collating photos so I decided to go one further designing a poster or potential promotional artwork for my entry. The aim was to redesign the character but I decided there were some elements of the original where were crucial to the concept and to the band too. I decided to keep the blue suit and skeleton skull and to redesign his head predominantly to make him less 1980 and more current and modern by streamlining the features and angles. The pose roughtly suggests the cross with the rifle over the shoulders and usual megadeth one liner "Killing time with... Vic Rattlehead" in similar vein to their previous albums and lryics. The concept of "clean dirt" also throwing in a political twist to the image as well within the mock up torn and tattered "poster". I felt a certain erge to stick close to the original ideas of Megadeth as I knew the fans (being one too) would protest to any radical changes to Vic and hoped i could still keep the new Vic as bold and iconic as the original.
Good luck to the other entries and I cant wait to see which ones Dave goes with ;D
adam nichols aka autaux
entry 1: vic verticle poster
entry 2: vic widescreen poster
entry 3: megadeth vic logo