This an interview by Dazed Magazine LINK
How has Prince and his music impacted your life?
Gary Card: So much, I can’t even put into words how he has influenced me. When someone says something even close to a Prince lyric, I start singing, it’s like a weird compulsive tick. He’s all over my work, no matter how subtle, he’s probably in there in some way. Even my ambition is influenced by him, whenever I think I’m doing okay in my career I think, ‘Fuck, Prince had written 20 albums by my age, get back to work!’
Can you tell me a bit about this project?
Gary Card: A couple of years ago Hannah Hanra at Beat asked me if I could illustrate a centerfold poster for her magazine. She basically said I could do what I wanted, I’ve always been obsessed with Prince’s hair so I immediately said, ‘How about a Prince hair chart showing every ’do he’s had for the 30 years?’ Hannah gave me the go ahead and off I went.
Has Prince seen the poster?
Gary Card: Prince tweeted it and it went viral, it was one the most exciting moments of my life, knowing I’d impressed my hero. It came out with little fan fair when it was first printed, it was just some cute tribute by some weird obsessive nerd. I put a gif together of all the changing hair styles and put on Instagram, a couple of months later I was watching some nonsense on TV, when suddenly my phone starts going nuts with notifications, under one of the comments someone wrote, ‘Dude, Prince just tweeted your poster’ and that was it, it was retweeted around the world about ten times a second for two days, it was thrilling to watch. Of all of my achievements in my career, that was my proudest.
If you could say one thing to Prince, what would it be?
Gary Card: I’ve fantasised about this many times over the years. Talking to him about an album cover I had planned, maybe a new set design idea for his next show, even advising him on what songs to put on and leave off his next project, ‘Lose the flute solo Prince, babe, it goes on a bit don’t you think?’
I almost met him once, Visionaire set up a meeting with him when he was touring London two years ago. We were all set, had a film crew ready to go, I was skulling beers for Dutch courage in a purple suit Oswald Boateng lent me for my interview. At the last minute, they said he wasn’t available. It was a weird mixture of soul-crushing disappointment and overwhelming relief. I probably would have walked up to him and just started crying, or lost control of my bladder or something horrible.
Really though, I’d just say thank you, for playing such huge part in my life, for constantly inspiring me, for clogging my brain with thousands of ludicrous facts that bore people at parties, but mostly thanks for letting borrow all of your music, I’ve had so much fun.
Overall, we all can agree that it's another end of an incredible cultural era.