Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the Beatles eighth studio album and is often considered their magnum opus, and one of the most influential albums of all time by many critics. The Grammy Award-winning album packaging was created by art director Robert Fraser, who was one of the leading champions of modern art in Britain in the 1960s and after. It was Fraser’s suggestion to use an established fine artist and he introduced the band to noted British ‘pop’ artist Peter Blake, who, in collaboration with his wife, created the famous cover collage, known as “People We Like”. According to Recon, the concept for this tee was to flip the scene that shows the Beatles, as the Sgt. Pepper band, surrounded by a large group of both fictional and non-fictional misfits, rendered as life sized cut-out figures. As with the original collage, the t-shirt depicts more than 70 notorious characters, which in Recon’s version includes shady athletes, washed-up pop icons, black and white film stars and (my personal favorite) Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle from the film Taxi Driver.
This graphic reminds me of the opening sequence from the 1984 film Red Dawn, directed by John Milius. The movie starts with Soviet & Cuban paratroopers landing on a football field and laying siege on a Colorado high school at the beginning of WWIII, sending a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed with only hunting rifles, pistols, and bow & arrows, they end up waging their own guerrilla warfare against the invading Soviet troops….under the banner of ‘Woverines’! You know if this shit actually went down in NY, Brooklynites would provide the biggest beat down anyone would ever witness.
“Me too Frank, me too.”
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