If you have ever been curious about
who it was that designed the Beastie Boys' Brooklyn Dust
Elephant logo (1992) then this Who's Who entry on Todd James
in exactly what you have been waiting for.
Todd's name became famous to Beastie
Boys fans in & around the time following the release
Your Head (1992). Perhaps you own the Check Your
Tea Boys" t-shirt. If you pull the shirt out of
your closet, you will see that Todd's work graces the back
side. Also, as was eluded to in the first paragraph, Todd
was the person who designed the Brooklyn Dust logo. So,
any t-shirts or stickers which depict that image may also
be credited to him.
Todd first met up with Adam
Horovitz and his friend Dave
Scilken in 1983. They stayed in contact and around 1987
Dave, Todd, and Adam Trese
were into writing graffiti. Shortly there after, Dave contracted
Todd to make the Brookyln Dust logo (which he had in mind)
a reality. Working along with Dave, Todd did some other
work for the Beastie Boys as well as for other clients.
Their working relationship ended with Dave's untimely death.
After a look through Todd James'
website, it will become pretty apparent just how many well
know logos ( from Mobb Deep to The Source) and album covers
he has worked on over the years. For example, Todd did the
cover of DFL's Grand Royal Records release My Crazy Life.
As you may already know, that album features Adam Horovitz
Does the name Todd James sounds familiar to you? It may
also be because prior to the Beastie Boys' performance of
"High Plains Drifter at the 1992 Roselands New York,
NY concert they tell how the previous night Todd had a run
in with the law and dedicate the song to him. If you have
a recording of that show, pop it in the stereo and listen