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Ioannis interview with Greece’s Rockpages

Famed album artist Ioannis has spoke to Greece’s Rockpages and he discussed his most famous album arts as well as what’s in store for the future.

Talking about future plans he said, “Ah, there’s a lot going on… I will be doing some appearances and more covers but  for metal I am working with a band called Trauma. They approached me, I really liked what they are doing. They were Cliff Burton’s original band from San Francisco, they came out at the same time as Metallica.”

If work as a cover artist has become more difficult in the digital age, “My first record covers were in the ‘80s. And we were switching at that time from vinyl to CD. I remember people going ‘well, that’s the end of record covers, people buys CDs now, who cares.’ The point that they miss is what designers like me are brought to do is create a look for the band. The pallet changes, but the mission is the same.

“Iron Maiden was Iron Maiden, but Derek Riggs created a look for them. It didn’t matter if he did it back in the days of vinyl, or if he does it now. Because you are brought in to present a band, so there is the logo designs, it is their way to the market. Merchandising is very big now. Yeah, we don’t sell physical, but merch is huge. So, the priorities have changed. When I am on a meeting with a band, the first word from their managers is ‘what kind of merchandise will you design? What can you come up with for us?’ So, they can sell t-shirts, because that’s where the money is: touring and t-shirts.”

Ioannis interview at BraveWords

As previously mentioned/discussed in February’s Between A Rock And A Hard Place column, one of the top modern day album cover artists for prog metal – as well as good old fashioned metal and classic rock – has to be Ioannis.

Having worked with the likes of Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Quiet Riot, Sepultura, Allman Brothers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, his legendary art has reached through a wide variety of metal sub-genres. And here, he talked with BraveWords correspondent Greg Prato how he got started, his inspiration, and the stories behind some of his best-known album covers.

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Ioannis talks Prog and Metal Covers with BraveWords

What truly is progressive music? Each month BraveWords will aim to dissect that answer with a thorough overview of the current musical climate that is the prog world. Old and new, borrowed and blue. A musical community without borders. So watch for a steady and spaced-out array of features, current news and a buyer’s guide checklist to enhance the forward-thinking musical mind. So, welcome to BraveWords’ monthly column appropriately titled, Between A Rock In A Prog Place. 

How does one of prog rock’s top album cover artists come up with ideas? Ioannis – the man behind eye-popping covers for the likes of Fates Warning, Blue Öyster Cult, and Uriah Heep – fills us in (as well as pointers on getting started in the prog rock art field, and selections of his favorite work).

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Hello to all of my friends and supporters of my work, its been a while since we have updated our website.Well there is good reason for that, we have been working on a great new website that we are hoping to launch by late july.The website will be more interactive and have a lot of great new features and a better and more comprehensive display of my work.Also more direct contact with all my social media and also our new YOUTUBE channel. I am working on a lot of exciting new projects and also a series of exhibits that coming in the next 14 months, and i cant wait to share them with you. Please take care of yourself and stay healthy in this difficult time, great days ahead  cheers Ioannis.

Holiday Message

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all my friends and supporters. Looking forward to a great 2020 with you all!


After 40 years Ioannis very first record cover done while in school LEGEND FROM THE FJORDS coming soon in CD VINYL and DIGIPAK. Additionally, there will be a special color version from CULT METAL CLASSICS.

Pre-Order details are here

Ioannis on the board of HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY nominated URIAH HEEP celebrating their 50th anniversay touring America with JUDAS PRIEST. And was honored to have been thanked, below the link to part of the ceremony. 

Watch “Uriah Heep Heavy Metal Hall Of Fame !!!” on YouTube

Martin Barre Limited Edition

To all my Jethro Tull and Prog rock fans, i am so proud to be a part of this here is your chance to order this very limited edition set of MARTIN BARRE live performance cheers click the link


To all my friends and supporters, GUITAR ROCK LEGENDS has just launched, a place for very cool apparel from music fans for music fans, so please check it out and order some cool swag, many new artists will be coming onboard in the next few months so like the site and regularly check for updates. cheers Ioannis


Hello to all its been a long time since i last posted in the news section of the website as my most up to date postings are on Facebook and Twitter. So its long overdue, first up check our new store where you can buy posters, prints, original artwork and later this month some very special edition t-shirts and merch-wear of my most famous artwork. Also, check out our latest interview section, we managed to post all the interviews i have done the last few years, it’s a fun read. I will be announcing soon a series of projects I’m right in the middle of including exhibitions, album covers , book projects and videos. Its going to be a very busy year but a lot of fun. Thank you to all of you for your support , please keep checking back here for more updates and my Facebook, twitter and other social media pages.