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Rolling Stones Logo

The Rolling Stones Logo
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The Rolling Stones are a British music group that competed with The Beatles. She performs compositions in psychedelic rock (from 1966 to 1967), rhythm and blues, blues rock, rock, and roll. The discography covers eight live albums and twenty-three studio albums. The most successful among them is the Voodoo Lounge, which won two Grammy awards at once.

Meaning and History

The Rolling Stones Logo History
Evolution of the Rolling Stones Logo

The famous Rolling Stones logo, officially called Tongue and Lips, appeared in 1970. Its author is John Pasche, then a little-known 25-year-old student from Royal College of Art, the future creator of emblems for such rock legends as Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Paul McCartney, David Bowie.

The designer first made a poster for the Rolling Stones for the upcoming tour. Mick Jagger liked his work so much that he also decided to order a logo for the new record label Rolling Stones Records. The idea was that it could be used in print – for example, for the press or on a program’s cover. But in the end, Tongue and Lips became the main symbol of the musical group.

The logo debuted on March 26, 1971. Rolling Stones fans saw it on VIP passes prepared specifically for the Marquee Club’s performance. Then she appeared on the LP of the recently released album Sticky Fingers. It was a slightly tweaked version, with a bright red added by an Atlantic Records executive.

The designer received a symbolic sum for his work – about fifty pounds sterling, transferring the copyright to a rock band. True, a little later, the musicians paid him another two hundred pounds.

Font and Color of the Emblem

The Rolling Stones Emblem

The trademark does not contain any inscriptions because the drawing speaks for itself and is associated with the Rolling Stones. The image of a mouth with large lips, white teeth, and a protruding tongue have become iconic. This is the most popular T-shirt print as part of classic rock merchandise. It has stood the test of time: the logo has never changed since 1970, so today’s fans can see it as it was when the band was born.

The Rolling Stones emblem expresses a protest that has been picked up by generations. There are several versions of its origin. Officially, the Tongue and Lips motif was taken from mythology. The inspiration was the Hindu goddess Kali’s image, who is painted with her tongue hanging out. The style is reminiscent of pop art because John Pasche was fond of it.

It is also rumored that the artist depicted the mouth of Mick Jagger himself since this part of the face caught his eye even at the first meeting. But Pasche denied this assumption, although he admitted that the mouth of Mick Jagger is really large, especially when viewed up close.

The Rolling Stones logo has no inscriptions, so it should not be confused with the American monthly Rolling Stone magazine’s text emblem. The main colors of the Tongue and Lips are white and dark red.