tata&friends illustrate rock band icons with literal graphics tata&friends illustrate rock band icons with literal graphics
apr 16, 2014

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons with literal graphics

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons with literal graphics
all images courtesy of tata&friends




spanish graphic design studio tata&friends has illustrated ‘rock band icons’, a series of posters which delineate the names of renowned bands using straightforward and literal graphics. a hot yellow background describes each canvas, with black lines marking the pictographic representations. some motifs portray motion — like the two circumventing arrows wrapping around the image of a rock, indicating ‘the rolling stones’; others narrate the musician’s name with a stacked series of static graphics — like the open shell beside the jar of marmalade, representing the 90s rock group ‘pearl jam’. rebus puzzles, or allusional devices that use pictures to represent words, are a common thread throughout the series. take a look below at the collection of posters to see if you can name the band based on the pictograms, before you read the name.

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
two arrows and a rock delineate ‘the rolling stones’
tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
a boom box sits on top a set of shoulders describing ‘radiohead’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
‘led zeppelin’ is made up of an LED light and a blimp

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
a leaf beside a calendar describes ‘green day’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
a series of closed portals illustrates ‘the doors’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
the character’s question mark face indicates ‘the who’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
three stacked pictograms describe ‘stone temple pilots’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
alice in wonderland beside a chain link becomes ‘alice in chains’

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
the ‘smashing pumpkins’ is represented by a hammer and the orange gourd

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
the sex pistols

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
guns & roses

tata&friends illustrate rock band icons
red hot chilli peppers


  • What about Pussy Riot.

    KC says:
  • Most of the icons you will only understand when you read the band name. And most of them are wrong. If you see a stone and not some kind of daimond in the first one, it’s turning not rolling. And it is only one. Leaf waffle iron? The one with the doors says “Three doors down” and not “The Doors”. Further I see: A who, Diamond temple policeman, Alice outside one chain, (mc)Hammer and one pumpkin, sex pistol (what happend to the s of pistols?) followed by Pistol and Rose? And the last one: One smelly peper! Try harder next time.

    Robin says:
  • funny…

    rogerio e clara says:
  • KC faggot. Gj guys the images are very suggestive, i guessed all of them apart from green day 😀

    John says:
  • @robin so I guess you are one of those guys that need everything explained because you just hate the idea of thinking. Art must be very depressing to you!! Anyway, the point may be to make suggestive graphics to let the audience have fun.

    will says:
  • I thought The Doors was InSync.

    Jonathan says:

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