June 10, 2013

Arturo Vega, Ramones Logo Designer, Dead at 65

Danny Fields and Arturo Vega

Arturo Vega (pictured above, right), who designed the Ramones' iconic logo, died SaturdayHe was 65. No cause of death was given. Vega's death was announced by Legs McNeil, author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, who was a friend.

Vega, who grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, before moving to the U.S. in the 1970s, created the "Hey Ho Let's Go" seal that has adorned Ramones merchandise for decades. He served as the band's artistic director and, in later years, their archivist and historian. He was also an early source of support for the band. Vega befriended the musicians and let Joey and Dee Dee Ramone live in his loft on the Bowery near CBGB prior to the release of their first album. (via)

Vega, hand-painting one of the Ramones first stage backdrops: