Saturday, June 8, 2013

Arturo Vega 1948-2013

Artuo Vega - 1948-2013
Arturo Vega was basically a member of the Ramones, serving as their artistic director, designing their iconic logo, lighting their shows, housing them when necessary, and attending all but two of their thousands of shows.

When I met him he was funny and warm and enthusiastically told me all about his work with the band despite me being probably the billionth wide-eyed fan he had to deal with. He had countless fascinating and hilarious stories, and seemed very aware and proud of his place in rock and roll history.

Like the Ramones music, Vega's personal art work was also a mixture of pop and punk aesthetics; graphic design brilliance infused with rebellious swagger and irreverent humor.  Check out some of his stuff HERE.

Arturo passed away today at the age of 65.