Jimi Hendrix Honored with USPS Forever Stamp Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez
“Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul and the blues with his own innovations, Jimi Hendrix helped found three new genres of music — heavy metal, jazz fusion and funk — and in doing so, left behind an indelible mark on pop music and popular culture generally,” said Joseph Corbett, chief financial officer and executive vice president, U.S. Postal Service.
“I’m especially pleased that we continue celebrating our Music Icons stamp series with the issuance of the Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp,” Corbett said.
The stamp dedication took place prior to a Jimi Hendrix Celebration concert at SXSW in Austin,Texas on Thursday.
“I am deeply touched and so are other members of the Hendrix family by the issuance of this stamp, and I wish to thank the United States Postal Service for bestowing one of our nation’s highest honors on my brother Jimi,” said Janie Hendrix. “While my brother has been cited many times as being among the most influential musicians of all time, the recognition implicit in his being portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp ranks as an unparalleled honor.”
Visual artist Rudy Gutierrez created the stamp’s artwork using acrylic paint and colored pencils.
Paying homage to the 1960s, the art resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve and features Hendrix’s face surrounded by colorful swirls and small icons that reference song lyrics or aspects of Hendrix’s life (flowers, a guitar, a mermaid and a butterfly).
The colorful illustration shows Hendrix in performance, wearing one of his trademark vintage military jackets and playing one of his beloved white Fender Stratocaster guitars.
Designed by USPS Art Director Greg Breeding, the 16 stamps are arranged in four blocks that resemble a kaleidoscope.
Last year, USPS’ Music Icons series honored Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza.
The Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp kicks off the 2014 Music Icons series, which will include Janis Joplin later this year. The stamps are available at usps.com.