1948 – June 8, 2013
Arturo Vega was a graphic designer who is best remembered for his 20+ years of creative service for the Ramones. Originally from Mexico, Vega emigrated to the United States during the ’70s, and settled in New York City. He soon became friends with the band and even let Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone live in his loft for at time. As the band’s artistic director since 1974, Vega created many of the band’s logos including their iconic “Hey Ho Let’s Go” shield logo. For many years, t-shirts that were adorned with the shield where the main source of income for the band. His handy work can be seen on such albums as Ramones, Leave Home, and Ramones Mania as well. Vega also worked as the Ramone’s lighting director and claimed to have been at all but two of the their 2200+ shows. In later years, he managed the band’s website. Arturo Vega was 65 when he passed away on June 8, 2013. Cause of death was not immediately released.
Thanks to Harold Lepidus at Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.
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