, the artistic director of legendary Ramones
, has died at the age of 65, NME
Arturo worked with the band for 22 years, creating the band's albums art and stage designs. He is best known as the designer of the iconic Ramones logo. In addition, he also let Dee Dee
and Joey Ramone
live with him prior to the release of their first record.
Punk magazine co-founder Legs McNeil
has issued the following statement on Arturo: "One of the best friends anyone could ever hope for. I knew and hung out with Arturo since 1976 - 37 f--king years, if my math is correct - and if it weren't for Arturo - Joey and I would've starved to death in those early years. Artie was so f--king fun - he made every thing into an adventure. The world just became a much colder and lonelier place - as if it wasn't getting that way already. F--k, I miss him so much already."
The iconic logo was inspired by the US presidential seal after Vega took a trip to Washington DC. "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 whomever dares to attack us - and an olive branch, offered to those who want to be friendly,"
Vega recalled in an interview with Jim Bessman
for his 1993 Ramones book.
"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."