Artist Ruby Mazur, who created the Rolling Stones’ famous tongue logo, says Mick Jagger is a “very bad guy,” who left him so depressed that he considered suicide. Mazur has a decades-long feud with Mick. He reacted to the suicide of L’Wren Scott with a scathing post on his Facebook page. (which he has since deleted) He described Jagger as a “very egotistical, self centered, ‘Mick Mick Mick’ kind of person. I feel for [L’wren],” Mazur says, even though he’s never met her. “Had I not been as strong, with great friends, I might have hung myself too.” To me, this gets the prize for inappropriate and tacky – even if you do have a beef.
Mazur met Jagger in the 1970s in London. Mick paid him $10,000 for the artwork for the cover of the Stones album “Tumbling Dice”. It was the original “mouth and tongue” logo. I have designed many logos myself and I’m here to tell you that $10,000, in the early 70s, was an absolute FORTUNE for artwork – it’s a decent amount today. As you know, since then, that logo has been used on Stones merchandise and become one of the most recognizable logos in pop culture. Mazur says he asked Jagger repeatedly to give him trademark rights in order to reap fair earnings for his work, but says Jagger brushed him off and the artist then grew depressed. Mazur tried to sue Jagger for trademark infringement in the ’90s, but too much time had elapsed. Mick is rich and probably should have thrown him some money, but how can you know the REAL story. Jagger’s rep has said, “This person made a business deal decades ago. How sad and contemptible that they would use this time of personal loss to gain attention.” I'm usually on the side of the artist, but in this case have to agree. Hey, I designed Andy Warhol’s gravestone myself and never saw a dime. All kidding aside, time to move on, Ruby. Ever think of doing something for Miley Cyrus?