It's an aspect of modern life you probably never consider. But
somebody had to design the font Taco Bell uses on its burrito wrappers, the
lettering on Ocean Spray bottles and movie posters for hip flicks like
That somebody was font designer and "alphabetician" Chank
Diesel, whose quirky fontography has found its way onto dozens of different
products from Honeycomb cereal to Tanqueray gin and most recently to the Golden
Not satisfied with having his creations pilfered by just the
mainstream community, Chank recently branched-out into the music world with a
new series called Rockstar Fonts. Kicked off in March with "Darling Nikki,"
which he digitized from a handwritten alphabet sample provided by Golden
Palominos chanteuse Nicole Blackman, Chank has begun an ambitious project to
warehouse a new font every month from as many rock figures as he can track
The latest installment of these personalized alphabets, downloadable
for free from the webzine Tripod (www.tripod.com), is by Soul Coughing singer
M. Doughty, a loopy, cartoony font he calls "Wichita"
(www.tripod.com/triteca/eyesite/chank/970415.html). What's the connection
between rock and fonts? Well, we're not sure, but the artists seem game, since
Chank says you can look for new fonts from Kelly Deal, the Poster Children,
Morphine, Babes in Toyland and Motley Crue in the coming months.