Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Logo #156: Beat Junkies
Designed in large part by "Green Lantern" artist Martin Nodell in 1940, this design was in small part appropriated by Jason "J.Rocc" Jackson in 1992. J.Rocc: "I use to work at a comic book store and DC had a promotion for Green Lantern where they gave away rings so I grab some and gave 'em to the crew. Pretty much the same time we started the crew, we used that as the logo. We just tried to freak it somewhat." Rhettmatic: The person who designed our Beat Junkie logo, as well as most of our artwork, is a good friend of ours...Ricardo Cofinco, a.k.a. Rich 1. He is the head designer and co-owner of the shoe line Creative Recreation, and is part of the L.A.-based graffiti crew NASA (No Art Survives After). How we "got" the Beat Junkie logo? That credit goes to J.Rocc; he is the founder and president of the Beat Junkies (that's why we call him the "Funky President"...after the James Brown song). When he founded the crew in 1992, he was working at a comic book shop. He took a bag of Green Lantern glow-in-the-dark rings and gave to us as way to proclaim our association to the crew. Basically, the "official" Beat Junkie members were the only ones to wear the rings. And when we used to compete in all the DMC/ITF DJ battle circuits, we would all wear our Green Lantern rings around our necks to make our presence known...it would be really funny, 'cause there would be a least three to four of us in these battles at the same time - cats would be asking..."Who's the muthafuckas wearing these Green Lantern rings winning all these DJ battles?!"