Arturo Vega, Designer of Ramones’ Logo and Confidant, Dies at 65

Posted on: June 9th, 2013 at 9:26 am by
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[Photo: Legs McNeil]Arturo Vega, longtime Lower East Sider known for his artistic association with the Ramones, passed away yesterday afternoon. He was 65. Cause of death is unknown at the moment, but Punk Magazine co-founder Legs McNeil announced the sad tidings on his Facebook page with the following message:

RIP: ARTURO VEGA: 1948-2013 Sleep gently my dear friend, you were the must optimistic, jubilant and fun pal anyone could wish for. I don’t know what the world will be like without, nor do I want to even imagine it… But I know you will find eternal happiness wherever you end up….I love you Arturo.

Everyone is familiar with Vega, even if they don’t know it. After all, he’s the one who created the patriotic Ramones logo that would encapsulate the band until the end of days.

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His most recent endeavor – back in March – was a mural on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy called “Life isn’t Tragic, Love is just being Ignored.” The rotating art space right outside the Quality Mending vintage shop.

[via Spin]

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