When Mick Jagger approached Shepard Fairey to redesign the Rolling Stones’ iconic mouth logo, the American artist and designer, known best for his “OBEY” and Obama “HOPE” works, happily obliged.
In my opinion, the Stones’ tongue logo is the most iconic, potent and enduring logo in rock & roll history. I think the logo not only captures Mick Jagger’s signature lips and tongue, but also the essence of rebellion and sexuality that is the allure of all rock & roll at its finest… [W]hen Mick Jagger reached out to me about designing a logo to mark the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary I was quite overwhelmed. Mick said he was open to any of my ideas. One of the first things I asked Mick was, ‘Don’t you think the tongue HAS to be included?’ He responded, ‘Yeah, I guess it ought to be.’ Case closed. I was very humbled and honored to be asked to work on the 50th logo, so my objective was to service and showcase the Stones’ legacy rather than try to make my contribution dominant.
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