Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ Single Cover Style Is Very Lisa Frank Meets ‘Drive’

Katy Perry’s “Roar” cover art.
Photo: Capitol Records

As we all know by now, the Katy Perry of yesteryear is gone. She has burned all vestiges of her past, laughed at those who mourn the California Gurls era Katy Perry, and was sure to let us know that even the Katycats around her can expect to be transformed. Katy’s British fans won’t be able to own Roar until September 8 (it comes out on Monday in the U.S.), but as a consolation, she tweeted out the UK iTunes pre-order link, which revealed the cover art. The color palette is very Lisa Frank (as MTV News’ James Montgomery suggests), but we also detect a hint of Drive in its vaguely late ’80s/early ’90s-ness. I mean, is that or is that not the most satin bomber jacket in pop culture of late?

The new Katy Perry is less into makeup, but is hardXcore into the Roar theme: there’s a tiger print border around the picture, two tigers combine to form the O in “Roar” (which *free idea* is a great design concept for a ring), and the singer is wearing a blue Japanese silk sukajan jacket, complete with an embroidered roaring tiger. Sukajan jackets traditionally combine the look/idea/feel of American letterman jackets with Japanese imagery, like a tiger, or a dragon, or a koi (the latter two would def not fit with the theme). It should also be noted that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Katy P. in Asian-inspired garb. At the 2011 VMAs, she wore a very small Atelier Versace chinoiserie-ish dress, complete with a parasol. Old habits die hard, Katy. Guess you can’t shed everything about your old image, which is fine TBH, ’cause I still really like the song Teenage Dream.

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