Ever wondered how some of the bands came up with their logos? Here are some background stories on some of them:
Ramones: New York artist Arturo Vega created this logo based on a self-portrait in which he wore a belt buckle with an image of the presidential seal. On a trip to Washington, D.C., Vega decided to play off the presidential symbol, substituting the members’ names for the official text.
Rolling Stones: Although many fans assume the Stones’ lips logo was based on Mick Jagger’s mouth, designer John Pasche says he was inspired by an image of the Hindu Goddess Kali. When he designed the logo in 1971, he was paid £50; the band gave him £200 more a few years later. Even though the Stones copyrighted the image, Pasche made £400,000 in 2006 when he sold the original artwork.
AC/DC: Designer Gerald Huerta riffed on the band’s original Australian logo and his design work for Blue Öyster Cult when he created this image. He said the style was influenced by Los Angeles barrio graffiti as well as the heavy metal aesthetic of the day.
Public Enemy: Chuck D says he was influenced by rock groups and sports teams when he created his group’s logo of a B-boy in the cross hairs of a rifle. “I took a silhouette of E Love, LL Cool J’s right hand man, and put the crosshairs over him,” he says. “A lot of people thought it was a silhouette of a state trooper, but it’s meant to symbolize the average black male. It was important for us to have a logo. I wanted our logo to be as recognizable as Batman.” (Billboard)