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The U2 Conference Art by Beth Nabi

The U2 Conference is extremely grateful for the creative work of Beth Nabi. She re-designed our main U2 Conference logo (and its many color variations), advised on freshening the look of the website and created our U2 Conference 2018 POPVision logo

Nabi is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, and the creator and curator of the The U2 Tattoo Project.

She presented a talk on “What You Don’t Have You Don’t Need It Now: How the World’s Most Iconic Band Got There Without a Logo” at the U2 Conference 2013, and brought The U2 Tattoo exhibit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in September, 2016, as part of the Rock Hall’s celebration with @U2 of U2’s 40th anniversary.

Here’s is a sample of Beth’s art for the U2 Conference.

                                   

The U2 Tattoo Project

The U2 Tattoo Project is documenting and curating U2 tattoos and the stories behind them.

When you think of bands like The Beatles, The Who or The Rolling Stones, a dominant icon emerges in your mind: the elongated type and fretboard-like “T” of the Beatles, the arrow-protruding “o” of The Who, the lips and tongue of the Stones. But what comes to mind when you think of U2? The hand-brushed grunge script from Achtung? The bold, red Block Gothic face of War? The Joshua Tree silhouette? U2 has become an iconic band with no consistent icon, but rather a history of transient visual identities that embody their eras and represent different emotional experiences for fans.

In the absence of an official logo or singular, long-running, uniform mark, how do U2 fans brand their love for the band? The U2 Tattoo Project aims to study U2 fan tattoos in terms of popular U2 iconography and lyrics, examine the connections between favorite albums and tattoos, and explore what happens to U2’s visual identity as it passes into the hands and onto the bodies of fans.

Have a tattoo? Submit via our survey. Follow the project on social media: “U2 Tattoo Project” on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. 

 

Contributor:
Beth Nabi
Contact:
U2tattooproject@gmail.com

The U2 Conference logo and site design by Beth Nabi.