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May 12th, 2009

 jerrybones lrge The Art of Rock and RollIn honor of the Dead’s tour (R.I.P Jerry), I’ll be discussing the man who, more than anyone else, created the visual look associated with the band. Meet Stanley Mouse.

Mouse (Born Stanley Miller) grew up in Michigan, where he began creating t-shirts devoted to hot rods and custom cars. He then turned his attention to Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and other Motown acts. He moved to San Francisco in 1965 and the rest is history.

Mouse collaborated with Alton Kelley to create the Skeleton and Roses artwork featured here, as well as other works for Journey, Steve Miller Band, Jimi Hendrix, and others.

Using a small loan from the Grateful Dead, Mouse and Kelley also founded a t-shirt company which was the first to use four color process printing. It’s a standard thing today, but somebody had to blaze that trail.

Just keep truckin on…..

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