Heavy Metal has always had a strong illustrated element since the early dayseverything from the album covers to the merch. The lyrics in Trap music paint a vivid picture as well. I wanted to paint that picture in a way that’s never been done. As far as inspiration, the first song that comes to mind is “Sanitarium,” by Metallica, which is a song about being imprisoned or ‘trapped.’ Megadeth’s album cover for Countdown to Extinction depicts a man in a prison cell. These are literal Trap comparisons, but beneath the imagery, I feel the emotion comes from the same place. For instance Young Jeezy states in “Soul Survivor” “First they give us the work then they throw us in jail, I’m trafficing in the white, Please Lord don’t let me go to jail tonight” The lyrics sound desperate and describe a man doing what he has to survive. We all share the same struggle at different levels. Trapcore represents that.
Authenticity is everything! I reached out to reputable Heavy Metal illustrators from around the world and worked closely with them to create the Trapcore style, coming up with unique themes for each shirt. I found a really amazing designer who did the Trapcore main graphic on our website, an armor clad urban warrior emerging from fire and rubble, clutching two giants axes. A year after we worked together, the same designer did Megadeth’s new Dystopia album cover and it bears a resemblance to the graphic we collaborated on. Real recognize real. We’re from two totally different worlds, but riding the same wave. I feel very honored since Megadeth was such a huge inspiration for Trapcore.
My goal is for Trapcore to be the premiere destination for graphic tee’s in Rap. I want to feature a wide variety of artists from around the world who can graphically depict the feeling you get listening to Trap music into a t-shirt design. I want them to explore the surreal and draw from their imagination, not from reality. Take rap fans to a world they’ve never seen before. I want the TC line to become collectibles and twenty years from now we’ll rock em like kids wear vintage rock t’s today.
Who do you hope to collaborate your work with in the future and what areas would you expand your horizon (such as other genres, artists, or locations)?
I’m working on show merch for Chicago rapper Montana of 300. We are preparing several merch pieces for his up coming Fire in the Church tour. I have a collaboration with rapper/singer James Dennis, who is pushing his own style of trap, Trap Goth, coming soon. I would like to work with Southside of 808 Mafia, who I reached out to and got a good response from so hopefully we’ll collab sometime in the future. I work closely with Livemixtapes, who premieres major tapes from some of your favorite rappers, so I’ll definitely be working with them on some releases and possibly an official Trapcore mixtape.
The art displayed on your website perfectly envisions the style of Trapcore. Do you think this line of art helped gain an understanding of this evolution?