On Saturday, longtime Lower East Side artist Arturo Vega, who was sometimes called “the Fifth Ramone,” died at the age of 65. Vega, the Ramones’ artistic director, designed the band’s iconic logo and was a crucial source of support in the mid-70’s. Joey and Dee Dee Ramone lived in his Bowery loft for a couple of years. The news was first reported on the Facebook page of Legs McNeil, the author of “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.”
Vega was part of a collective called the Antagonist Movement. This month, Raul Ayala and other members of the collective went to work on a mural on Extra Place, where Fourth Arts Block has an ongoing public art project. The inspiration for the mural is a poem written by Dee Dee Ramone after Joey’s death. It was given to the artists by Arturo Vega.