R.I.P. Arturo Vega, artistic director for The Ramones

on June 08, 2013, 9:02pm

Arturo Vega

Arturo Vega, the artist behind The Ramones’ iconic logo, has died at the age of 65, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

A native of Mexico, Vega not only served as the band’s artistic director for 22 years, but also opened his home to Joey and Dee Dee during their formative years. Later, he served as the band’s archivist.

News of Vega’s death was announced by Legs McNeil, the author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, who wrote in a statement, “Sleep gently my dear friend, you were the must optimistic, jubilant and fun pal anyone could wish for. I don’t know what the world will be like without, nor do I want to even imagine it… But I know you will find eternal happiness wherever you end up….I love you Arturo.”

ramones logo R.I.P. Arturo Vega, artistic director for The Ramones

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June 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I meet Arturo at Performance Studios here in NYC back in the early 70’s when the Ramones were first starting out and developing their one of a kind music and look. In those days Arturo dressed pretty wildly in colorful mesh and stripped shirts, wide belts and large sunglasses. We both were there from the first days of the Ramones to over 22 years of touring with the band. The Ramones couldn’t pay Arturo at first so he would make the tee shirts by hand and then sell them at the venues just to be able to tour with the band. Being a great artist helped him develop a unique look for the Ramones stage lighting when he became the bands light tech. Of course he’s most famous for creating the Ramones eagle logo now an iconic image. Arturo would create and hand paint most of the bands large backdrops and also that wonderfully quirky Pinhead sign (Gabba Gabba Hey!). He was a multi-talented guy and my very good friend … Adios Amigo.


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