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Mike G

Thanks to everyone for their comments on this article - it seems clear that there are a number of sides to this (and every) story and it is our goal here to let folks pipe in on what they think and feel about a well-known work of art.
A thoughtful and civil discussion is always most-appreciated and I hope that you'll keep that in mind as we continue our discussions going forward.
THANKS - Mike G

Sara

inspiring effort. Really heart touching I will definitely share it with my friends

billy

Drew Struzan is my favorite album cover artist I have ever seen! If you like his work as much as I do, then I bet you will love this website!: www.originalalbumcoverart.com

Mike G

Billy - glad that you're a fan of Drew's work - so are we! In addition to the items on the originalalbumcoverart.com site, we're working with them to offer some affordable fine art prints of some of Drew's (and Ernie's and Ingrid's) best works - hope you'll visit the www.rockpopgallery.com site to see what's there! THANKS - Mike G

Steve T

I recently bought a "VINTAGE ROLLING STONE ROACH CLIP" on ebay, which the seller advised, Rolling Stone Magazine offered to subscribers of the first issue as a promotional (The 1st Edition of “Rolling Stone Magazine” was published 9 November 1967 and had a press run of 40,000 copies, of which all but 6000 were returned unsold). If you google the clip image (and the story is true) this could be the grandaddy of the "lips" icon. I would love to know who designed the R S mag "Toke" image and have this story verified (the clip still works well)

Patrick Tierney

Ernie:

As an artist myself. I believe your design is the more subtle of the two lips logos--and more sophisticated graphically. A couple things I recognize is that you don't use outlines on the teeth, tongue and lips, allowing the viewers mind to complete what's not there--like i said:sophisticated/ Also apparently your better at perspective than the other gent in that on his mouths tongue the right side is smaller than the left--the reverse of what should occur-granted, perhaps he was going for a faux naif look. You perfectly describe the form with the placement of the tongue dividing line. Also, the added plumpness and weight on your tongue design adds a needed emphasis on the the tongue. The single high light on the tongue highlight serves double duty as one highlight is plenty sufficient and it defines the side of the tongue form as well! I might mention your addition of highlights on the lips makes them more voluptuous.
That one single line on the right side of the tongue serves dual purpose (which I love in graphics), which is to delineate the tongue and adds a shadow across the bottom lip, and "echoes" both the tongue division and the tongue highlight--"motif repetition" being a design principle.
Finally, your red is more appetizing the the other gents red. I feel that overall, unlike yours, I feel the other design just follows the already fading by that time, "Milton Glaser/Yellow Submarine"graphic trends of the day.
Sincerely,

Patrick

Patrick Tierney

ATTN Editor Could you please post this edited note?

Dear Ernie:

As an artist myself. I believe your design is the more subtle of the two "tongue logos"--and more sophisticated graphically. A couple things I recognize is that you don't use outlines on the teeth, tongue and lips, allowing the viewers mind to complete what's not there--like I said: 'sophisticated". Also, apparently you're better at perspective than the other gent in that on his mouths tongue the right side is smaller than the left--the reverse of what should occur--granted, perhaps that he may have been going for a "faux naif look.
You perfectly describe the form and perspective of the tongue with the placement of the center dividing line.
Also, the added plumpness and weight on your tongue design lends a needed emphasis on the the tongue. Your single high-light on the tongue serves double duty as one highlight is plenty sufficient and it defines the side of the tongue form as well!
I might mention your addition of highlights on the lips, which makes them more juicy and voluptuous.
That one single line on the right side of the tongue masterfully serves dual purpose (which I love in graphics), that is to both delineate the tongue and adds a shadow across the right side and the bottom lip. Additionally, it "echoes" both the tongue division and the tongue highlight, utilizing "motif repetition", a design principle.
Finally, your red is more appetizing the the other gents dark red. I feel that overall, unlike yours, I feel the other design merely follows the already fading by that time, "Milton Glaser/Yellow Submarine"graphic trends of the day.
Thanks for the high standard graphics!

Sincerely,

Pat

Diane Chess

All of this Tongue and lips Logo is all a bunch of nonsense!!
I was married to Marshall Chess in the '60's and 70's and that logo came from a source I refuse to name.
No one seems to either know or chooses not to recognize just what the real origin was where this thing came from.
I can see it as tho it were yesterday just lying on the bathroom floor!!

curator@albumcoverhalloffame.com

Dear Diane - hello and thanks for your note today. As I've heard 2 different stories regarding this design - one from Ernie and one from John Pasche - it'd be great to hear "your side of the story" as you were involved as well. Anything you'd care to share with me and my readers would be greatly appreciated - I'm always on a quest for the truth! Hope to hear back from you on this soon. Thanks again and Happy Holidays.
Mike G - author

ernie cefalu

WELL NOW YOU ALL WENT AND DONE IT! YOU ASKED FOR IT, AND NOW YOUR GONNA GET IT! THREE MORE SOLID HOURS OF TED AND ERNIE

We would like to invite listeners and music lovers to join Ted and I for fun and music tonight at 5:00 West Coast time! Tonight, Its gonna be cRaZy TiMe with lots of great Burton Cummings, Alice Cooper and more "Back Stories" Thanks – Ernie

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ernie cefalu

"WE ARE ON OUR OWN NETWORK"

If you are a Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie or Madonna Fan...

You won't want to miss tonight's "Special Guest" so be sure to tune in at 5:00 P.M. West Coast time to:

The Phoenix Radio Network
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Be there because you don't want to hear about it from your friends. Thank you - Ernie

ernie cefalu

I have received a ton of Emails about my weekly Monday night radio show "Now & Then" and people who couldn't find it.

So sorry about that I just assumed that everyone was on "Facebook" and that's not the case. We all know what happens when we "ASS-U-ME" things.

The show centers around music with a different spin in that now you will hear about it from from the album cover designer, illustrator and photographer's standpoint.

You will hear about it all from a totally different so here you go.

This is one time that you won't want to hear about what you missed from your friends. My Co host Ted and I will be on the air every Monday night with our show "NOW & THEN" at 5:00 PM West Coast Time, we hope to see you then & there. Thank you - Ernie
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