If you’re gonna rock you also have to laugh
Best Classic Bands is proud to bring the art and humor of David Ray Skinner back to the rock music community. In 1977, he started drawing cartoons for the trade magazine Record World that delighted the music industry as well as the artists he portrayed and often ribbed. Skinner later became the magazine’s art director, and during his years there did cartoons for such notables as Elton John, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Led Zeppelin and Billy Joel.
Skinner’s first job after college was at an East Tennessee weekly, where he worked as a reporter and editorial cartoonist and also contributed a weekly comic strip called “Tales of Space Helen.” In 1977, his love for art, design and music landed him in New York, where he became the cartoonist and, later on, Art Director, for Record World magazine. While at Record World, he did cartoons for such notables as Elton John, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Led Zeppelin, and Billy Joel. He spent his last few years in New York art directing Doubleday’s Literary Guild Magazine. At Doubleday, he created marketing treatments for books by writers such as James Michener, Peter Maas, Stephen King, and celebrities such as Candice Bergen, Dinah Shore and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
In 1984, Skinner moved to Atlanta and co-founded a design and advertising agency called Indelible Inc. In the early 90’s, Skinner became involved in various musical projects, including Johnny Cash’s Return to the Promised Land, for which he designed the logo and co-wrote the title track with Cash and Hugh Waddell. He also wrote and recorded the Civil War concept album, John Hunt Morgan: A Southern Legend, which was considered for Gettysburg College’s famed Lincoln Prize, an award given annually to a literary work focusing on the American Civil War.
In 2005, Skinner formed a marketing, design, illustration and advertising agency called Bridgital.Some of his more recent works include a 20-foot bas-relief sculpture over the entrance to the University of West Georgia’s new football stadium, jingles that have aired weekly on the Grand Ole Opry and a watercolor hanging on the office wall of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.