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Meaning of Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Album Cover

The creator of Michael Jackson dangerous album cover was the artist Mark Ryden. It took six months to end in. Much of the life of Michael Jackson is reflected in it both in pictures as symbols. This artist was born on 20 January 1963, in Medford, Oregon, California. In 1987 he received the School of Design in Pasadena. Among his clients include Stephen King, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, etc … Michael Ryden hired because this is a fan of circus posters from the early last century, and had the mentality to interpret the images they wanted Jackson on the cover. Account cartoonist Michael asked very specific things, and I did own analogies to make room for these symbols … Michael told me that the design should be mysterious, that people will interpret in their own way … “Let’s analyze this cover design, step by step:

michael jackson dangerous album cover1 – The name “Michael Jackson” on his eyes gave way to a huge theatrical mask that seems to want to cover everything. From that center dominates the scene perfectly. Eyes and perfect eyebrows with a small lock of hair falling from his forehead and a brown skin, make a perfect ornament for domination.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_bubbles2 – On a fairy appears the head of a monkey about to be crowned. It is his chimp Bubbles who was rescued from a cancer research facility back in 1985. Is noteworthy that all of the work environment is practically covered by animals.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_animals3 – Right in the center are grouped various animals: a peacock, accurate representations of glamor and gorgeous as is usually the entertainment world, an elephant with a number 9 on the front (as that number next to 7, the most prominent in numerology), a rhinoceros, a walrus, and so on.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_clowns4 – On either side of Michael’s eyes are two faces of clowns with bonnets. Both represent the circus but also the theater and who are in the classical view of theatrical performance, one crying and one laughing.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_musical cherubs5 – Two musical cherubs appear on both sides of a star of good fortune,announcing the sound and music.

6 – A prehistoric man, perhaps a warrior tribe (seniority is an obsession for Michael Jackson). In his hands accompanies this great concert with two dishes.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_small childen7 – more angels appear in the left of the image, this time an angel and smaller child in a few fish in the style of living carrousels or uncles.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_ghost train8 – An entry to a kind of “ghost train” or “labyrinth of terror.” On board the cars are again the monkey “Bubbles”, a rat can be “Ben”, a antipolo and an elephant. This entrance is flanked by a classic pirate symbol denoting evil but turn the adventure, so present in these passages.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_elephant man9 – On the left is a half-open hand, which is Michael Jackson because on three fingertips are the classic “bandaids”. Standing on your palm is a black child holding the skull of the elephant man,whose remains wanted to buy but could not. On that Palm appears drawn a world map depicting the presence of Michael Jackson as a worldwide star. On the wrist is the number 7, as I had said next to 9 are special numbers in numerology.

10 – In the bottom center of the scene is a kind of galactic belt surrounding a world upside down, you have in your floor a lot of symbols that represent hazards as caravels and pistols,technological advances such as rockets and mysteries of science as atoms and chains of particles.

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11 – Here is the image of Barnum, creator of the world’s most famous circuses, being an explicit homage to this cover very “circus”. The bust is in the jacket lapel a pin with the number “1998” and if we add 1 +9 +9 +8 the result is 27 (the seven positive number in numerology) and adding 2 +7 gives 9 (the other number positive).

michael jackson dangerous album cover_ghost train12 – The output of this “corridor” or “ghost train” since the end of the story everything has changed. Bubbles disappeared and instead sits withMichael but his image of child star, behind him the skeleton of theelephant man (whom we spoke) behind his friend happy Macaulay Culkin and closing the antipolo row ends up being another skeleton.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_eye greek13 – An eye Greek appears on the upper facade of the exit of the maze. It is a symbol of protecting God who sees everything.

14 – Michael gr an admirer of the masters of world painting has added two dinner s classic is one inside a crystal ball and the other on one of the pillars of the Afghan king dog described below.

michael jackson dangerous album cover_Afgan dog15 – In the middle of the table on the right is the image of Afghan dog on his throne. The image is inspired by a painting “Napoleon on his Throne” painted by artist Jean-Auguste Ingres in 1806. The painting is housed inParis in the M useum of the army which also surveys the work of Napoleon ba tum.

16 – There are two other figures that are part of the Dangerous cover that are included in the luxury three-three-dimensional version is a two-legged dog and a girl the entire body in his arms holding a large green beetle e. Undoubtedly the cover of “Dangerous” by the cover design of “Sergeant Pepper” by The Beatles are the most performed two covers in music history.

michael-jackson-dangerous-cover-aleister17 – At the bottom of cover, you can see the image of Aleister Crowley, an influential English occultist, astrologer, mystic and ceremonial magician. Read more about him here.

rydenAccount Mark Ryden, artist of the cover of “Dangerous” that had previously worked with the Art Director for Sony, Nancy Donald in many other projects and when the project was commissioned by Michael Jackson she thought of him.

Michael Jackson showed him a book with their jobs and liked a lot. Ryden was thus that he met with the King of Pop in his study where he could hear some of his new music and talked about the idea.

He then had a week to create some strokes, doing 5 pencil drawings. Only one was elected, the current draft of the lid.

The other four sketches that were not accepted by Michael Jackson, but had the same general style that the cover of “Dangerous”. One was a circus poster with a skeleton jumping from the innards of a clown, another was focused on a girl in her hand she held a skull, another idea was very similar to the final cover, but the scene was set outdoors and the Michael Jackson’s eyes were mixed with clouds over the chimp Bubbles which was standing on a pile of animals.

Mark Ryden also note that for the first sketches of the cover of “Dangerous” drew heavily on the video for the song “Leave Me Alone” found in the feature film “Moonwalker”, saying that “it was the image, design and the items were great. ”

markrydenThe cover of “Dangerous” was the biggest project Mark Ryden asked what date he demanded six months’ hard work. Although the original painting is very large, the great challenge of the artist was that by reducing the size of a cover of a compact disc detail and the concept did not disappear.

One of its inspiration to the many details was listening to the tracks on the album as Michael Jackson was finishing his recording and song titles also served to introduce certain concepts. And so the album title and the song “Dangerous” provided a starting point for the base of the drawing.

Mark Ryden said that despite the great advances in digital technology, the drawing is not supported by computers and nothing is done the old way, only brush with acrylics on a panel, which still remains in its original study, without I was asked by Michael Jackson or the art division of Sony Music, as the latter only bought the reproduction rights. Ensures the artist than anyone else could buy your original drawing.

As for the freedom to create his work, Ryden had the opportunity to draw without pressure, except for some very specific added that Michael Jackson asked himself near the end of the work. For example he wanted the actor Macaulay Culkin was in one of the cars that pull out of the tunnel on the right and placed the pin “1998” on the lapel of P. Barnum.

Comments

  1. summer says

    OMG~~u’ve done a really really good job, i am a huge MJ fan, this is also my favorite cover of all,
    thanks for all the efforts

  2. mrs.mjjjonas says

    Michael Jackson was very creative & a lot of people r now speculating that the Dangerous cover is a sign of the illuminati but this article explains everythimg down 2 the “T” Thanks 4 the insite 4 whoever did this research! i give u 2 thumbs up! :)

  3. Aryadeep says

    “Eyes and perfect eyebrows with a small lock of hair falling from her forehead and a brown skin”

    What the hell do you mean by falling from “her” forehead???

    Michael Jackson is a male! So you must change it to “his”!

  4. Someone2161977 says

    First of all I want to introduce myself with the name “Someone” .
    Im located in Central Europe in a country called Austria .
    Fate and circumstances enable me to call myself to be a very privileged person and fan of Michael Jackson as I have found myself to be on the illustrious Dangerous Album cover….. Brace yourself and pls follow me now on my discovery journey.
    Take a look at the bottom right corner where you see Michael as a boy sitting in a Gondola coming down a chute .
    Behind him and the animal skeleton is another boy with blonde hair and black T – Shirt with the white letter “M” on it . That´s me. Pls observe the over all symmetrical – like depiction of the figures and items and imagine now this “M” to be broken in the middle into 2 halves. When you turn the left half of the “M” then accordingly you will get the number 1 ….so we have two nr. 1 here out of this letter as the right half is quite obvious nr.1 as well ….right next to the boy you will find the nr. 2 with a horse head on it at the bottom of this greenish pillar.
    Then pls turn your adjusted sharp eyes to the big grey elephant standing right next to the peacock .
    On his forehead you will see the nr. 9 …..out of that figure you will get also the nr. 6 by viewing the cover from upside down .
    Swoop down now to the bottom of the cover and check out carefully the wrist of the grey hand with the 3 white coverings (Bandages) on its finger tips.
    There is a number 7. Right next to this hand across the “dangerous” road with pistols, skulls, factories, rockets etc. is a old man with grey hair, wearing a white shirt ,
    black tie and a black suit . On his head stands a man wearing a blue hat with another number 7 clearly visible .
    All these figures now have to be lined up into the following order : 2161977
    That implies to my ( little blonde boy on the cover ) birth date on the 21 st of june 1977 !
    ….now ….let´s go back to the old man´s black suit …if you look closely you will find an arrow with 3 circles underneath and 1998 written above it.
    This simply means that all this knowledge of the “Dangerous” album cover I got inspired in that special year …. I passed
    that information to 2 friends and Michael Jackson fans all before that year ended .
    To sum it up …myself and this 2 people make in total 3 …..and that now explains the 3 circles underneath the arrow….
    It can be seen as a prophecy or providence.
    Sometimes this symbol can be found also with the arrow, year number 1998 and a triangle ( same symbolic meaning as the 3 circles ) or with a single circle and triangle refered at first to myself and us 3 people in total …and to be even more precise this symbol was found also with the nr. 4 at one of MJ´s signatures …which makes this foreseeing more accurate
    as when I remember back I told this secret actually to 3 more people in total …the third one of them is no MJ fan though …this is just a better more complete update !

    ….the real deeper meaning of all that is not the understanding of just this numbers …it is that the cover itself represents the mask Michael is wearing at times and to realize the reason behind it….I made it to be understood to the 3 people mentioned above and as course of nature is on the progress will be understood by you and others in due time !

    I have this great privilege now being inspired by this same mind power ….that´s why the song ” Will You Be There ?” is in reference to me …that little blonde boy . Im spiritually connected to Michael Jackson.

    Pls listen to the song (WYBT) carefully starting with the prelude of Beethoven´s Symphony Nr. 9 in D Minor , Opus 125 on that link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBAqBkoT5-4
    ….between minutes 1:50 and 2:50 is the section which you can hear on the WYBT prelude performed by a different orchestra though ….
    Lyrics from this symphony derive from a poem written by Friedrich Schiller named ” Ode To Joy ” refering to spark of divinity
    http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/ludwig_van_beethoven/ode_to_joy.html

    my email:
    someone2161977@yahoo.com

  5. patricia davis says

    How do I know what to believe from this interpertation of Michael’s album. They said Bubbles died in 1989??? Bubbles is alive today. I didn’t want to read anymore after that.

    • Susanta says

      Hello Patricia,

      We apologize the factual error about Bubbles and edited the same. I regret the error and sorry to have hurt your feelings!

  6. joshua mcconkey says

    the old man at the bottom of the album cover is aleister crowley, i cannot believe this was not even mentioned

    • Susanta says

      Yes, I wrote this post just last year….but had been observing the picture since 2006 when I first saw the album cover…Thanks!

  7. denis says

    nice trying troll,michael was showing the word that is curropted by the satanist of America goverment and izrael ,you also a dog of them? a lot of people know the truth so stop trolling

  8. denis says

    nice trying troll,michael was showing the word that is currupted by the satanist of America goverment and izrael ,you also a dog of them? a lot of people know the truth so stop trolling

  9. michael says

    you idiots, that album was designed by my mom and dad, both graphic artists,working at an agency owned by my uncle called the opus group out of ridgewood nj…no hidden meanings whatsoever, infact im one of the faces in pasted in the crowd on the inside of the cover.

  10. ceicadan says

    what bullshit, idiots… he hated aliester crowley and the others illuminati cunts..that’s not god’s eye idiots, that’s the eye of lucifer (horus)…this is not the real translation of his symbolism..it’s another masonic mambo jumbo to denaturate him as always…those fucked-up brain damaged one-eyed brain-washed satanic worshipers jewish-lizards called the illuminati

  11. CeCe says

    I do not appreciate your ruse… I believe you are wrong about nearly everything. Remains of the elephant man? Really? Take a better look at that skull. Elephant man?? Are you blind?

  12. KATE says

    This is the wrong interpretation of MJ’s ‘Dangerous’ album. His album is clearly about the illuminati. Period.

  13. Someone else says

    Just sharing… I wonder how I didn’t realize it until just now, but those birds and that weird looking bubble thing with the man and woman inside of it in picture #3 are actually copied from one of my favourite paintings, that is The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jheronimus_Bosch_023.jpg

    MJ seems to have appreciated his paintings very much because he obviously wanted the album cover to be in the same complex, almost chaotic style. Bosch’s paintings are very religious, but MJ’s homage to him seems more like a satirical/political/pop culture/circus version of those somewhat cryptic medieval paintings. Obviously, it took 6 months to finish that cover art so there are TONS of different meanings to it, but my overall feeling about it is that MJ wanted to express something about the dangerous nature of the entertainment business circus he was participating in and the somewhat absurd state of the world we’re living in in general through it.

  14. Juli says

    Don’t know how many other things you got wrong, but the man you claim is Aleister Crowley is actually P.T. Barnum and the referrence is to the circus not occult. I grew up not far from the Barnum Museum in Conncecticut.

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