Tributes From Mike Patton, Mr. Bungle and Dead Cross for the late Artist Eric Livingston
Today we find out that we have lost the talented artist Eric Livingston, with tributes from Ipecac Recordings, Mike Patton, Trey Spruance, Justin Pearson, and Michael Crain.
Eric was a musician, an artist, an animator, a performer, a photographer and a very cool guy. FNM Followers have had the pleasure of speaking to Eric a number of times and he was a firm friend of our webpage.
We first spoke in 2017 about his artwork for the Dead Cross album and animation for the video Seizure and Desist. In our interview he told us that 'Art has always been a way for me to vent my negative emotions and try to channel them into something positive, or at the very least, something interesting.'
He also recalled seeing Mr. Bungle at the age of nine and expressed his gratitude in working with Patton so many years later. Eric would go on to produce the video for My Perfect Prisoner.
In 2019 Eric designed the elegant packaging for Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier’s Corpse Flower. His detailed and striking artwork rivalled that of Martin Kvamme who commented with his appreciation of the cover simply as 'beautiful'.
Eric then gave us the Mr. Bungle bunny which has become instantly identifiable with the band - adorning the album cover for Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, t-shirts and many fan tattoos! The first official Mr. Bungle video since 1991's Quote Unquote for Raping Your Mind was produced by Eric, the perfect way to introduce Bungle 2.0 to the world. His work would also be used to advertise the live Mr. Bungle Halloween special.
In 2021 Eric was kind enough to email us a preview to his amazing artwork yet again, this time sharing his tribute to Faith No More and The Simpsons - a dream come true for many fans.
Mike Patton employed Eric's services for the cover of the fifth Tomahawk record Tonic Immobility released in March 2021. He would be the band's go to guy for videos and produced the promo clip for Dog Eat Dog.
Trey Spruance tells us that he and Eric were 'tag teaming a whole bunch of new designs for the Geek Tour' artwork that will hopefully be realised and add to the legacy of a great artist and a great guy. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends.