Friday, November 16, 2007
Logo #105: Civil Death
Designed by Charles T. Coiner in 1939 as the emblem for the coming Civil Defense program, guitarist Zach Hitner borrowed it in 1981 for popular Tucson hardcore band Civil Death until their dissolution in 1984. A fortuitous year to dissolve, come to think of it. Vocalist Lenny "Mental" Mello: "It was first used on our early flyers. I also have the logo tattooed on me." Mello currently plays in Sophistifucks and spent some time in G.G. Allin's universe. Coiner, the art director of the N. W. Ayer advertising agency, also designed the National Recovery Administration’s blue eagle.