Trent Pollard is a Sydney-based illustrator and tattoo artist who loves to draw fiendish characters in stark black and white.
“I like riding pushbikes and drawing goofy pictures. Kind of goofy, cranky stuff like demons and little skinny devil boys. I think a bunch of those come from DOOM.”
The more Trent Pollard thinks about it, the more he has DOOM to thank for his illustration style. His contribution to Soundtrack to Slay was always meant to be.
“When I was first approached to be involved in this, I was dead keen. I’m dead keen.”
Soundtrack to Slay is an upcoming 7″ record inspired by the world of DOOM, the series of video games which began way back in 1993 – the year Pollard was born. For the project he was chosen producing a black and white record sleeve insert.
Like so many more, DOOM holds a special place amongst Trent’s earliest memories. It was a game that reached far and wide, an early relic of video game culture that broke ground far beyond its initial sphere of influence.
“The artwork I’m thinking for DOOM… I reckon there’s just so much fun about that chainsaw, probably one of my favourite bits of DOOM I think. This ridiculous weapon.”
Pollard’s sleeve insert takes the soul of DOOM and etches it into black and white. Chainsaw, demon, and Doomguy – you’ll want to give yourself a tattoo of all three.
Soundtrack to Slay
A-side: Owen Penglis – Trapped on the Moon
Cover art by Miranda Lorikeet
Insert by Trent Pollard
Additional DOOM jacket by Father Superior