Dave Halili

Dave Halili is a contemporary American fine arts illustrator, graffiti writer and graphic designer of album cover paintings, posters, logos, T-shirts along with other forms of representational merchandise. His best-known works are album covers for Body Count (Body Count, Born Dead), Ice-T (Home Invasion, VI - Return of the Real), The Skeletones (Skeletones Red) and Moon Ska Records compilation California Ska-Quake. An array of collaborations in the Hollywood entertainment industry and indie music scene have garnered him a Diamond record plaque, three Platinum awards, three Gold records and two Gold Europe plaques certified and registered by the RIAA.[1]

Dave Halili
David M. Halili

(1968-04-30)April 30, 1968
Known forPainting / drawing / graphics / illustration / digital art / printmaking / textile arts / screen printing
Notable work
Ice-T album covers
MovementSocial realism / graffiti / symbolism/ urban art / street art / hip hop / b-boying
Other namesH~Style
Body Count album cover, featuring artwork by Halili


Halili has also worked with N.W.A, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Kurtis Blow, Donald D, King Tee, Stone Temple Pilots, Everlast, Monie Love, Ednaswap, Fishbone /Angelo Moore, Autolux, Carla Azar, Gripsta, Keith Sweat, Afrika Islam, DJ Evil E , Prince Whipper Whip, Grandmaster Caz, D-Roc the Executioner, Tim Story & T.D.F., Hijack, Lord Finesse, Dance Hall Crashers, The Toasters, Royal Crown Revue, Hepcat, Let's Go Bowling, Robert "Bucket" Hingley , Reel Big Fish, DJ Yutaka, DJ Honda and Zebrahead.[2]

Body Count album coverEdit

Halili's artwork on the cover of Body Count came to symbolize the band's song "Cop Killer", which was widely criticized by the authorities, and raised questions about the boundaries between artistic freedom and censorship.[3][4][2][5][6] This controversy, together with an executive clash over Halili's proposed montage for the jacket of Home Invasion, forced Ice-T to leave Warner Bros. Records.[7] On March 23, 1993, Ice-T released the album with Halili's original illustration, produced by his own record label Rhyme $yndicate Records.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Halili resides and works in Orange County, California, where he runs a studio and screen printing workshop named Halili-Style Graphics & More.[9]

Halili is also a lifetime member of the Universal Zulu Nation and the original Los Angeles-based Rhyme $yndicate. A friendship between Halili and TV producer Michael G. Moye led to a fortuitous business co-op where Halili designed and manufactured media publicity products for Fox's first prime-time T.V. sitcom Married... with Children.[5]


  1. ^ "Artist Credits: Dave Halili". ARTIST Direct Music. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hamashige, Hope (January 16, 1995). "The Artist and the Bad Rap: Brea designer took heat for cover work on Ice-T album with infamous song 'Cop Killer'". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "News On This Day - April 30 Illustrator". Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. April 30, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Sherry, James; Neil Aldis (2006). Heavy Metal Thunder: Kick-Ass Cover Art from Kick-Ass Albums. Chronicle Books.
  5. ^ a b Hamashige, Hope (January 30, 1995). "The Short, Graphic Career of David Halili: Controversy over an Ice-T rap album he designed hasn't hurt". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Ice-T, (author); Heidi Siegmund (editor) (February 1, 1994). The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck?. St Martins Press.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Rule, Sheila (January 29, 1993). "Ice-T and Warner Are Parting Company". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Pareles, John (March 29, 1993). "Ice-T's Latest Gangster-Rap Caper Finds Him Alone and on His Own". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Halili Style Graphics". Manta. Retrieved November 9, 2011.

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