Image credit: Shepard Fairey, courtesy of http://www.RollingStones.com[/caption%5D
Street artist Shepard Fairey has revamped the Rolling Stones’ iconic tongue-and-lips logo in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary.
The emblem — designed by John Pasche — was first used on the band’s 1971 Sticky Fingers album sleeve. Pasche was hand-picked for the task in 1969 by Mick Jagger himself after the rocker grew disappointed with the artwork produced by their label, Decca Records.
”The design concept for the tongue was to represent the band’s anti-authoritarian attitude, Mick’s mouth, and the obvious sexual connotations,” Pasche told Rolling Stone. ”I designed it in such a way that it was easily reproduced and in a style I thought could stand the test of time.”
Fairey’s version is almost identical to the original, with the addition of text to mark the anniversary. The artist has collaborated with other musicians in the past, including Neil Young, Death Cab for Cutie, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Black Eyed Peas.