The latest issue of LeftLion magazine is currently doing to rounds and features what I think may well be the best cover we have ever ran. The artwork, entitled Byron Clough, was created by Notts illustrator Rikki Marr who kindly gave us permission to reproduce it as our latest cover. Cleverly fusing two of Nottingham’s icons - poet Lord Byron and football legend Brian Clough - into one being, the portrait is beautifully rendered in the style of a renaissance painting.
The image blew me away when I first saw it and I was extremely pleased when Rikki pitched it to me as a cover image - how could I resist? For anybody struggling to make it out, the text at the bottom of the images reads “I wouldn’t say I was the best Romanticist poet in the business, but I was in the top one”, in reference to one of Cloughie’s more infamous one-liners.
The image was originally commissioned by a local boozer and a large version hangs on one of their walls in a gilted frame to give it that vintage touch. Anybody jones-ing for their own copy can get a limited edition print here.