Being a big Led Zeppelin fan, I had to make some sort of Zeppelin shirt.  But what was I to do?  Unlike a band like the Grateful Dead, who had a plethora of iconography to choose from, Led Zeppelin had limited visual symbolism.  The two items I settled on as instantly recognizable imagery, Led Zeppelin swiped from other artists.  Is “Imitation the sincerest form of flattery”?  Or, it it just business as usual in the art world?

 

Icarus1

This is another mixed media creation, with a simple sketch of Icarus followed by airbrush color and texturing to create an interesting shirt.

 

 

Icarus2

I only made a few of these shirts, and most of them had the Hermit on the back. I also did the Hermit by itself many times because it was just so fun to sketch.

 

The original image that Led Zeppelin borrowed their Swan Song glyph from is called “Evening (Fall of Day) and is from circa 1869.  It was meant to be a depiction of Apollo the Greek Sun God.  As a young adult I looked at the image and assumed I was looking at Icarus (obviously also a Greek creation) flying to close to the Sun.

 

Evening (Fall of Day)

The original source.

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *