In 1979 The Beat were a young Birmingham ska band being managed by a couple of friends of mine. The group was exciting and fun, and released a single (Tears of a Clown) on The Specials' label, Two-Tone. The Beat asked me to draw them a logo, something to go alongside Two-Tone's Walt Jabsco figure - the guy in the shades and white porkpie hat. I found a photo of ska star Prince Buster dancing with a nice looking girl, and I used her as the basis for the Beat Girl. This drawing has become a bit of an icon; it's part of the standard visual paraphernalia of the Rude Boy culture, appearing on t-shirts, badges, parkas, Vespa paint jobs, and tattoos.
August 02nd, 2009
Click image to enlarge.