Top 10 Punk Logos

15 Nov

My Top 10 Logos

Number 10
The Screamers

Gary Panter’s great illustration of the screaming punk is great. I knew the logo from the old Slash Magazine days before I even knew of the band.

Number 9
Social Distortion

I always thought this was kind of cool. More so than the new swanky logo. It’s simple, but kind of encompassed the band.

Number 8
The Germs

Simple, but very cool. With the armbands, it kind of came off third reichish. The tie-in with the “Germs Burns” was weird.

Number 7

Great look. You always knew who this logo belonged to.

Number 6
Circle Jerks

The great logo ripped-off from the late Shawn Kerri. Yes, she passed, but unfortunately, there is one dude who has been writing to all the sites on the web trying to say they hung out a few years back. Hey, not everybody has a hobby. Shawn Kerri was a great cartoonist, RIP.

Number 5
45 Grave

Creepy, but memorable. 45 Grave used this “Satan” imagery a few years before Motley Crue and the rest of the bands jumped on board.

Number 4
Bad Religion

Simple, but catchy. The logo really translates to “No Religion,” but who am I to nitpick?

Number 3
Public Image, LTD.

Very corporate, and hip. Always reminded me of an aspirin, go figure.

Number 2
The Misfits

I wasn’t sure if I should include this one, the ghost was stolen from an old movie called The Crimson Ghost, and the font from the old Tales From The Crypt comic book, but together they create the most recognizable logo since the Nike swoosh.

Number 1
Black Flag

The genius of Raymond Pettibon’s logo is the concept of the “black flag” being the symbol of anarchy, the bars being the flag. Great stuff. This logo has been spray painted all over the world.

Honorable mentions: Honorable mentions: 7 Seconds, Bau Haus, Battalion of Saints, Circle One, Cramps, Danzig, Dead Kennedys, Dickies, Exploited, Fear, Ramones, The Residents, Sex Pistols, Shattered Faith, Saccharine Trust, The Vandals, Wasted Youth.




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2 Responses to “Top 10 Punk Logos”

  1. 1
    Roger Dean Says:

    Great list. Maybe the Ramones could’ve been in the top 10

  2. 2
    Neurogami Says:

    “Always reminded me of an aspirin, go figure”

    Perhaps because it was meant to look like a pill?

    Anyways, I’d nominate the Flipper fish drawing. And thumbs up for the Ramones logo.

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