Arturo Vega

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Arturo Vega
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Vega in 2006
Born(1947-10-13)October 13, 1947[1]
Chihuahua, Mexico
DiedJune 8, 2013(2013-06-08) (aged 65)
OccupationGraphic designer
Years active1975–2013
EmployerThe Ramones

Arturo Vega (13 October 1947 – 8 June 2013) was a Mexican-American graphic designer best known for his long association with the punk rock group The Ramones. He designed the group's iconic logo, and was sometimes called the fifth Ramone. Officially dubbed the group's artistic director, he was also charged with designing stage lighting for concerts, supervised sales of shirts and other merchandise and was the band's sometimes spokesman.

In 1973, Vega became friends with Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Colvin) whose girlfriend lived in Vega's apartment building.[1] During the band's existence between 1974 and 1996, Vega attended all but a handful of their over 2,200 concerts.[1]

Vega's logo for the Ramones was inspired by the U.S. Presidential Seal, with several alterations including the band member's names arranged in a circle, and the eagle gripping a baseball bat rather than a quiver of arrows (a reference to their song "Beat on the Brat" and Johnny Ramone's love of baseball). [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] He adapted the Presidential Seal to reflect his belief that Ramones were "the ultimate all-American band”.[1]

Vega died from cancer on 8 June 2013 at the age of 65.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Yardley, William (June 11, 2013). "Arturo Vega, Shepherd for the Ramones, Dies at 65". The New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "In Memoriam: Arturo Vega (1947-2013)". Punknews.org. June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Coulehan, Erin (June 10, 2013). "Arturo Vega, Ramones Logo Designer, Dead at 65". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  4. ^ McNeil, Legs (June 14, 2013). "Happy, Happy, Happy! - A Memory of Arturo Vega". Vice magazine. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Arturo Vega, Ramones' Beloved Artistic Director and Confidant, Dead at 65". Spin. June 8, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Arturo Vega, the Ramones logo designer, put the seal on their success". The Guardian. June 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Minsker, Evan (June 9, 2013). "R.I.P. Arturo Vega, Ramones' Graphic Designer". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "Obituaries — Arturo Vega". The Daily Telegraph. July 8, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ramones artistic director Arturo Vega dies, aged 65". NME. June 10, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  10. ^ Perrone, Pierre (July 10, 2013). "Arturo Vega: Designer who became known as 'the fifth Ramone'". The Independent. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  11. ^ Minsker, Ethan (March 17, 2010). "Arturo Vega: Hambleton Collector & Artist Mentor". Vimeo. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  12. ^ de Perez, Al (June 9, 2013). "RIP Arturo Vega: My Memories Of The Ramones Design Legend". Sabotage Times. Archived from the original on January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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