Arturo Vega, the designer of the iconic Ramones logo passed away this past weekend. He was 65.
“I saw them as the ultimate all-American band. To me, they reflected the American character in general – an almost childish innocent aggression,” Vega told the writer Jim Bessman, discussing how he dreamed up the sign. “I thought the great seal of the president of the United States would be perfect for the Ramones, with the eagle holding arrows – to symbolise strength and the aggression that would be used against whoever dares to attack us – and an olive branch, offered to those who want to be friendly. But we decided to change it a little bit. Instead of the olive branch, we had an apple tree branch, since the Ramones were American as apple pie. And since Johnny was such a baseball fanatic, we had the eagle hold a baseball bat instead of the arrows.” – Vega