British-Pinoy’s bag design part of ‘Record Store Day’ celebration in UK

Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at May 28 2017 12:00 AM

LONDON — An image created by a British-Pinoy graphic designer was chosen by fashion label Fred Perry for the Record Store Day held last month.

Melvin Galapon’s design, which encapsulates his trademark linear-based, geometric, clean, digital, minimal and sometimes monochrome style, is the illustrator’s first contribution to the event.

The limited-edition bags were handed out for free to the first 20 customers who lined up at participating venues located in towns and cities across the country. 

The 35-year-old revealed “Record Player” is a reworked version of an image that belonged to a series he had previously created called “Future Sounds.”

“I'd already done a personal piece based on old music players that at the time were deemed state of the art -- from reel-to-reel players to a Walkman,” Galapon said.

“It had a record player as part of this series, so I put this forward for the project with the record centered, cropped and Fred Perry loved it.”

Galapon, a freelance graphic designer for 10 years now, has a portfolio boasting the likes of DC Shoes, Nike, Parka London, as well as Nokia.

Now in its 10th year, “Record Player,” pays tribute to independent record shops.

Record Store Day was also celebrated in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Mexico, the United States, Australia and Japan.