University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc.
Collection Title Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. Records
Dates 1993-2002
Identification 06/2010-017
Physical Description 4.50 linear feet
Alternate Extent Statement 67 digital files (90.3 MB)
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. was founded in September 1992 by brothers Shawn and Aaron Brauch in Houston, TX. The Brauch brothers got their start in the music business by working for Rap-A-Lot Records in Houston before recognizing that demand for their graphic design work was high enough for them to start their own company.

Pen & Pixel was innovative in its wide use of Photoshop to create CD covers filled with layers of special effects, highly stylized lettering, and plenty of “bling” (flashy jewelry, expensive clothes, luxury cars, and piles of cash). The company became associated mainly with rap and hip hop musicians in the 1990s, working with renowned artists such as Master P and Lil Wayne and record labels such as No Limit Records and Cash Money Records.

In addition to CD covers, Pen & Pixel also produced artwork for posters, logos, and videos.


Scope and Contents

This collection documents the creative process of Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. as it produced album artwork for Houston-area and other American hip hop artists. The collection contains 67 digital files, 13 posters, 9 poster flats, and other material documenting the company, including a catalog and photographs of its staff. It also includes a Geto Boys storyboard, made under the auspices of Rap-a-Lot Records, and two t-shirts.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Some digital files can be viewed in the UH Digital Library at . Digital archival materials can also be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. Materials not in the Digital Library may require up to one week to access. Contact curator Julie Grob (jgrob@uh.edu) for more information.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Digital images
Posters
Topical Term:
Hip-hop -- United States -- History
Hip-hop -- United States -- Pictorial works
Rap (Music) -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Detailed List of Contents

Digital Files

Scope and Contents
Some digital files can be viewed immediately in the UH Digital Library at http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/pixel. Digital archival materials can also be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. These materials may require up to one week to access. Contact curator Julie Grob (jgrob@uh.edu) for more information.
Digital Promotional Artwork
Scope and Contents
The Digital Promotional Artwork series includes 40 digital files of artwork for CDs, vinyl records, videocassettes, and other promotional material produced by Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. The intended format for the promotional material files is indicated as part of the title for each item, but artwork was often reworked into various formats. For example, artwork created for a CD cover was often adapted for use in a poster. All but two of the digital files (Cher and Chris Rock) can be viewed immediately in the UH Digital Library at http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/pixel. The digital files can also be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. They may require up to one week to access. Contact curator Julie Grob (jgrob@uh.edu) for more information.
Item
1 2 Live Crew, The Real One, [Lil Joe Records], 12" record cover, 2010-017_00048.jpg [1998]
2 Live Crew, The Real One, 12 inch record cover artwork
Item
2 B.G., Chopper City in the Ghetto, [Cash Money Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00006.jpg [1999]
B.G., Chopper City in the Ghetto, CD cover artwork
Item
3 BHC, [Openin' Doors], [Big House Productions], CD cover, 2010-017_00007.jpg [1997]
BHC, [Openin' Doors], CD cover artwork
Item
4 Big Ballers, [Simitar Ent.], videocassette cover, 2010-017_00008.jpg [1998]
Big Ballers, videocassette cover artwork
Item
5 Big Bear, Doin Thangs, [Tru Game Records], postcard, 2010-017_00009.jpg [1998]
Big Bear, Doin Thangs, postcard artwork
Item
6 Big Tymers, How You Luv That, Cash Money [Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00010.jpg [1998]
Big Tymers, How You Luv That, CD cover artwork
Item
7 Birdman, #1 Stunna, Cash Money [Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00011.jpg [2002]
Birdman, #1 Stunna, CD cover artwork
Item
8 Cash Money Millionaires, Baller Blockin, [Polygram Video], videocassette cover, 2010-017_00005.jpg [2000]
Cash Money Millionaires, Baller Blockin, videocassette cover artwork
Item
9 Cash Money Millionaires, logo, 2010-017_00012.jpg undated
Cash Money Millionaires, logo artwork
Item
10 Cher, Live in Concert, HBO, poster, 2010-017_00013.jpg undated
Item
11 Crazy, I Shed Tears for the World, [Ruff Era Records], audiocassette cover, 2010-017_00015.jpg [1998]
Crazy, I Shed Tears for the World, audiocassette cover artwork
Item
12 Destiny's Child, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo advertisement, poster, 2010-017_00017.jpg 2002
Destiny's Child, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo advertisement, poster artwork
Item
13 E-40, Tha Hall of Game, [Jive Records], CD cover and poster, 2010-017_00018.jpg [1996]
E-40, Tha Hall of Game, CD cover and poster artwork
Item
14 Eightball & MJG, Comin' Out Hard, Suave Records, CD cover, 2010-017_00001.jpg [1993]
Eightball & MJG, Comin' Out Hard, CD cover artwork
Item
15 Eightball & MJG, On the Outside Looking In, Suave [Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00002.jpg [1994]
Eightball & MJG, On the Outside Looking In, CD cover artwork
Item
16 Eightball & MJG, On Top of the World, [Draper Inc.], CD cover, 2010-017_00031.jpg [1995]
Eightball & MJG, On Top of the World, CD cover artwork
Item
17 HBO, logo, 2010-017_00027.JPG undated
HBO, logo artwork
Item
18 J-Dawg, The Dawg House, [Big Boy Records], CD longbox cover, 2010-017_00022.jpg [1997]
J-Dawg, The Dawg House, CD longbox cover artwork
Item
19 Juvenile, Back that Thang Up, [Cash Money/Universal?], CD longbox cover, 2010-017_00004.jpg [2000?]
Juvenile, Back that Thang Up, CD longbox cover artwork
Item
20 Juvenile, Project English, [Cash Money Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00023.jpg [2001]
Juvenile, Project English, CD cover artwork
Item
21 Leveraged Sellout, Damn, It Feels Good to be a Banker..., [Hyperion Books], book cover, 2010-017_00016.jpg [2008]
Leveraged Sellout, Damn, It Feels Good to be a Banker..., book cover artwork
Item
22 Lil Menace, On Da Grind, CD cover, 2010-017_00025.jpg undated
Lil Menace, On Da Grind, CD cover artwork
Item
23 Lil Wayne, Lights Out, [Cash Money Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00026.jpg [2000]
Lil Wayne, Lights Out, CD cover artwork
Item
24 Master P, Animal Cruelty, book cover, 2010-017_00028.jpg undated
Master P, Animal Cruelty, book cover artwork
Item
25 [Master P], Ghetto Dope, [No Limit/Priority Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00028.jpg [1997]
[Master P], Ghetto Dope, CD cover artwork
Item
26 Master P, The Last Don [MP Da Last Don], [No Limit/Priority Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00030.jpg [1998]
Master P, The Last Don [MP Da Last Don], CD cover artwork
Item
27 Mia X, Unlady Like, [Priority Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00046.jpg undated
Mia X, Unlady Like, CD cover artwork
Item
28 Mizery, Game Recognize Game, [Lewt Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00024.jpeg undated
Mizery, Game Recognize Game, CD cover artwork
Item
29 Mo B. Dick, Gangsta Harmony, [No Limit/Priority Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00029.jpg [1999]
Mo B. Dick, Gangsta Harmony, CD cover artwork
Item
30 [Mystikal], Ghetto Fabulous, [Jive Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00020.jpg [1998]
[Mystikal], Ghetto Fabulous, CD cover artwork
Item
31 Pen & Pixel Graphics Inc., logo, 2010-017_00032.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel Graphics Inc., logo artwork
Item
32 Pen & Pixel Gloss N Floss, advertisement, 2010-017_00021.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel Gloss N Floss, advertisement artwork
Item
33 PoBoy, CD cover, 2010-017_00041.jpg undated
PoBoy, CD cover artwork
Item
34 Rock, Chris, Bigger and Blacker, [Dreamworks], CD cover, 2010-017_00014.jpg undated
Item
35 Samm, Enemy of the Street, No Limit [Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00042.jpg undated
Samm, Enemy of the Street, CD cover artwork
Item
36 Smartface Media Management, logo, 2010-017_00043.jpg undated
Smartface Media Management, logo artwork
Item
37 South Park Mexican, Time is Money, [Umvd Labels], CD cover, 2010-017_00044.jpg undated
South Park Mexican, Time is Money, CD cover artwork
Item
38 The New No Limit Records, logo, 2010-017_00045.jpg undated
The New No Limit Records, logo artwork
Item
39 Trinity Garden Cartel, Ghetto My Hood, [Cartel Records], CD cover, 2010-017_00033.jpg undated
Trinity Garden Cartel, Ghetto My Hood, CD cover artwork
Item
40 [VIBE magazine], postcard, 2010-017_00047.jpg undated
[VIBE magazine], postcard artwork
Administrative Digital Files
Scope and Contents
The Administrative Digital Files series includes 26 digital photographs taken at the Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. office and at a Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. 1998 staff event. The series also includes one speech by Shawn Brauch from 1999. All of the photographs can be viewed immediately in the UH Digital Library at http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/pixel. These digital files can also be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. They may require up to one week to access. Contact curator Julie Grob (jgrob@uh.edu) for more information.
Staff Photographs
Scope and Contents
The staff photographs include 18 digital images of Pen & Pixel staff taken in 1998. They are available in the folder indicated below and include the filenames listed.
Folder
1 PPG [Pen & Pixel Graphics] Staff Photos, 2010-017_00049.jpg–2010-017_00066.jpg December 28, 1998
Barbara of Pen & Pixel staff
Barbara, Angel, and De De of Pen & Pixel staff
Bruno and Jorge of Pen & Pixel staff
Charles of Pen & Pixel staff
Edwina and Scott of Pen & Pixel staff
Eric and Melisa of Pen & Pixel staff
Julie of Pen & Pixel staff and friend
Melisa and Sherri of Pen & Pixel staff
Melissa of Pen & Pixel staff and friend
Pen & Pixel staff members
Pen & Pixel staff members
Sammy of Pen & Pixel staff and friend
Shawn and Aaron Brauch of Pen & Pixel staff
Shawn and Aaron Brauch, Jorge, and 'AB' of Pen & Pixel staff
Shawn and Aaron Brauch, Sherri, and Melisa of Pen & Pixel staff
Shawn Brauch and Melisa of Pen & Pixel staff
Sherri and Rick of Pen & Pixel staff
Stella and Melisa of Pen & Pixel staff
Administrative Photographs
Item
1 Pen & Pixel job project room, photograph, 2010-017_00034.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel job project room
Item
2 Pen & Pixel main client room desk, photograph, 2010-017_00035.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel main client room desk
Item
3 Pen & Pixel main creative lab room desk, photograph, 2010-017_00036.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel main creative lab room desk
Item
4 Pen & Pixel main reception desk, photograph, 2010-017_00037.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel main reception desk
Item
5 Pen & Pixel number two client room desk, photograph, 2010-017_00038.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel number two client room desk
Item
6 Pen & Pixel number three client room desk, photograph, 2010-017_00039.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel number three client room desk
Item
7 Pen & Pixel photo studio, photograph, 2010-017_00040.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel photo studio
Item
8 Pen & Pixel executives Shawn and Aaron Brauch, photograph, 2010-017_00003.jpg undated
Pen & Pixel executives Shawn and Aaron Brauch
Speeches
Item
1 Brauch, Shawn, The Future of Music in the Southwest speech for Urban Beat Magazine, 2010-017_00067.doc 1999



Posters

OVS_Box Folder
1 1 A-G-2-A-Ke, Mil-Ticket, Rap-a-Lot Records [1998]
A-G-2-A-Ke, Mil-Ticket, poster
2 B.G., Chopper City, Cash Money Records [1999]
B.G., Chopper City, poster
3 Bruno Cantu Jr. undated
Bruno Cantu Jr., poster
4 DJ Screw, 3 'N the Mornin', Bigtyme Records [1995]
DJ Screw, 3 'N the Mornin', poster
5 DJ Screw, Sentimental Value, Wreckless Entertainment [2002]
DJ Screw, Sentimental Value, poster
6 E.S.G., Ocean of Funk, Perrion Records [1994]
E.S.G., Ocean of Funk, poster
7 Fade, It's in My Blood, Bad Young Brothers undated
Fade, It's in My Blood, poster
8 Four U, I Wanna Bone, Sunny Boy Records [1994?]
Four U, I Wanna Bone, poster
9 Hollywood's Entertainment Exotic Entertainment undated
Hollywood's Entertainment Exotic Entertainment, poster
10 Pen & Pixel Graphics Image is Everything advertisement, 3 versions undated
Pen & Pixel Graphics Image is Everything advertisement, poster
Pen & Pixel Graphics Image is Everything advertisement, poster
Pen & Pixel Graphics Image is Everything advertisement, poster
11 South Park Mexican, Latin Throne, AV1 Productions undated
South Park Mexican, Latin Throne, poster
12 Supremacy Records undated
Supremacy Records, poster



Poster Flats

OVS_Box Folder
1 13 Poster Flats
13 B.G., Chopper City in the Ghetto, Cash Money Records [1999]
B.G., Chopper City in the Ghetto, poster flat
13 Big Tymers, I Got that Work, Cash Money Records [2000]
Big Tymers, I Got that Work, poster flat
13 Lil Milt, The Prophecy, East Wood Entertainment [1997]
Lil Milt, The Prophecy, poster flat
13 Lil Sin, Frustrated by Death, Blvd Records [1996]
Lil Sin, Frustrated by Death, poster flat
13 Playa G, U Not My Lady, East Wood Recordings [1998]
Playa G, U Not My Lady, poster flat
13 Snoop Dogg, Da Game is to Be Sold, Not Told, No Limit Records [1998]
Snoop Dogg, Da Game is to Be Sold, Not Told, poster flat



Promotional Material

Pen & Pixel Graphics
Box Folder
1 1 Pen & Pixel Graphics
1 Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. catalog undated
Pen & Pixel Graphics, Inc. catalog
1 [Pen & Pixel staff], photograph undated
[Pen & Pixel staff], photograph
1 Pen & Pixel Graphics Image is Everything advertisement undated
Pen & Pixel Graphics Image is Everything advertisement, poster
Artists
Box Folder
1 2 DJ Screw, Sentimental Value, Wreckless Entertainment, flyer [2002]
DJ Screw, Sentimental Value, flyer
3 Geto Boys, Rap-a-Lot Records, storyboard, 4 pages undated
4 Got’ti, John, Cut Throat, Big Pocket Records, flyer undated
Got'ti, John, Cut Throat, flyer
OVS_Box Item
2 1 Big Tymers, t-shirt undated
Big Tymers, t-shirt
2 Hot Boyz, t-shirt undated
Hot Boyz, t-shirt