The Iconic Imagery of the Grateful Dead March 31 2016
The five “Dancing Bears” originally appeared on the album “History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice)” in 1973. This was the Grateful Dead’s fourth live album. The bears were incorporated into the design as an homage to Owsley Stanley, who produced the album. The bears are usually colored blue, green, yellow, orange, and pink, from left to right. Find a great example of this iconic design on our Dancing Bears Tie Dye T-Shirt!
“Steal Your Face” Skull
This is probably the most well known Grateful Dead logo. According to Owsley Stanley, this logo was originally created to mark the band’s gear backstage at shows. Check it out on this classic baja pullover! It is also featured on the cover of their 1976 album “Steal Your Face”, hence why it is often referred to at the SYF Skull.
Maybe more than any other band in history, The Grateful Dead incorporated instantly recognizable images in all of their concert posters, album covers, and merchandise. We have an excellent collection of the best Grateful Dead merchandise; shop online today!