At first glance, the album cover appears to just have the title in big multi-colored letters. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the colors come as a result of a collage of logos for different tobacco and alcoholic beverage companies. I did this for a reason...read on.
I first got the idea for this one about a week ago. The inspiration for the name of this album came from a movie that referred to death as "the debt that all men pay." I was toying with the different ways people could pay that debt, so to speak, and came up with death by a life of drugs and alcohol. In doing so, I also came up with the final title of the album.
My original intention was to model the corporate logos in the shape of a handgun, but I realized that the shape would be too hard to recognize afterwards, so I opted to put the title in big letters (deliberately arranging the words so it fit neatly) and filling them with the logos instead.
Some might disagree with me that tobacco and alcohol use don't necessarily make a person "bad." That's fine. I just believe that drug and alcohol abuse over a long period of time are sure to lead to a person's downfall. Besides, the use of the word "bad" in the title allowed for a neater fit of the words on the cover.
It took me several hours to think of all the brands of tobacco and alcohol to use in this picture and even longer to find good-quality versions of their logos. All the logos are copyrighted and/or trademarked by their respective companies.