Jessica Hart's Monster Children Cover by Mike Piscitelli
Monster Children enlisted longtime collaborator Mike Piscitelli to photograph a cover for its 40th issue. "It's a surf, skate, art, fashion, and music mag," Piscitelli said. "Monster Children isn't any one thing; it changes page-by-page and I think that's why everyone likes to shoot for them."
His contribution to the edition was a series featuring Jessica Hart that resembles the type of posters found in a not-a-boy, not-yet-a-man's bedroom. "It's tongue-in-cheek in a way," he explained. "We intentionally went over the top – it's totally try-hard sexy – and at the same time, we wanted to make iconic images that would change a 14-year-old guy's life." Piscitelli thinks the results fit the magazine perfectly, though "it's different than what I usually do," he remarked. "Most of my photos are rooted in reality, whereas these were extremely calculated."
Piscitelli also has a spread and double-page interview in the recently released 10 Years of Monster Children book.