“I know, it’s only tongue-in-cheek, but I like it, like it – yes I do”

Flanigan Lane 1-11What do a pop artist designer, an English Knight, Shakespeare and an anonymous stencil artist have in common?

You may recognize the lips insignia used by the Rolling Stones band for many a year. Its presence has often aided the nickname to its lead singer – Mick Jagger – “lubra-lips,”  who has recently celebrated his 70th birthday. He became a Knight of the English Empire gaining an OBE  (Order of the British Empire) medal  on 12 December 2003.

But who created the original  “Tongue and Lip Design”  logo in 1971? Well, that was John Pasche, (born 24 April 1945).  He completed his B. A. in graphic design from the Brighton College of Art in 967; and his M. A. at the Royal College of Art in London, in 1970.  He also created a film poster in 1970, for Roger Vadim’s film “And God Created Woman

The next piece of the puzzle involves the quote: “Art made tongue-tied by authority“.  If you are unsure about this one, see William Shakespeare’s Sonnets,  No.#66 – which is one of his 154 sonnets.

Lastly, I took this photo on a quiet lane-way wall about two years ago and not sure whether this still exists. But needless to say, this is what the silent recognition  of street art can represent.

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