I was asked by Børge-Are Halvorsen from the Norwegian jazz band John Faxe to design the album cover for their newest album. The band wanted this album to be colorful with a happy feel to it, and they wanted the design to include an eye in some way.
The name I Am Awake comes from a Buddha quote from when Buddha started to wander around India shortly after his enlightenment. He encountered several men who recognized him to be a very extraordinary being. They asked him: "Are you a god?" "No," he replied. "Are you a reincarnation of god?" "No," he replied."Are you a wizard, then?" "No." "Well, are you a man?" "No." "So what are you?" They asked, being very perplexed. Buddha simply replied: "I am awake." Buddha means “the awakened one.” How to awaken is all he taught.