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Wasted and Wounded is the brainchild of John Cheves, a designer, photographer and musician based on the English south coast. His letterpress prints for Wasted and Wounded combine John's passion for music and design to create exquisite images that pay homage to some of the greatest songwriters we have known, whilst standing in their own right as striking examples of the art of typography.The artworks are created using the concepts of word clouds, but also cut-up techniques pioneered by the surrealists that have been used to great effect by the likes of William Burroughs and David Bowie. Through this process, the lyrics of a song are "distilled" into it's essential elements, creating new relationships and meanings between the words. The prints are made in Rye, East Sussex using one of the last remaining vintage Heidelberg Letterpresses, onto 100% recycled 270 gsm board. The strong colours and deep impression of the type into the paper are unique characteristics of this traditional process.In the past John has worked as a cleaner in a sausage factory and a satellite dish salesman. He's been a staff photographer for the UK's "best selling music magazine", played guitar for the King of Spain, and been out to dinner with Jay-Z. John studied photography at Trent Polytechnic and went on to become a renowned music photographer, documenting the resurgence of British music in the 1990's. His photographic work has been published extensively around the world in publications including Rolling Stone and NME. As a musician, John has toured and recorded with cult band and John Peel favourite, Piano Magic, and collaborated with acclaimed Spanish film-maker Bigas Luna.

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