When foot­ball and rock col­lide

No, not an­other de­feat for Wenger’s men – this time their badge has been given the Pink Floyd treat­ment

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An in­creas­ing tally of teams are miss­ing a rock at the heart of the de­fence th­ese days – so an Ar­gen­tinian artist has helped out by giv­ing them some rock at the heart of their club badges in­stead.

Juan Lopez Moses has been able to mix foot­ball crests with rock lo­gos in a series of art­works that unite his two great pas­sions.

“I’ve al­ways been a mas­sive fan of foot­ball and rock,” he tells FFT. “This idea came from some­thing small. As a fan of Black Sab­bath, for a while I’d been toy­ing with find­ing some way to merge the badge of As­ton Villa, who Ozzy Os­bourne and Geezer But­ler both sup­port, with the band’s fly­ing devil mas­cot, Henry.

“I found a pic­ture of Ozzy Os­bourne on­line where he was wear­ing a Villa shirt, and imag­ined how it might look if I swapped the Villa lion with Henry. The end prod­uct was re­ally good and so I de­cided to take the project on to an­other level.”

In­deed, Juan has de­signed a myr­iad dif­fer­ent rock-in­spired lo­gos, boost­ing West Ham’s fire­power by tak­ing away the ham­mers and us­ing the guns from Iron Maiden’s A Mat­ter Of Life A Death al­bum, as well as com­bin­ing Chelsea with Go­ril­laz in honour of Blues fa­natic Da­mon Al­barn.

IL­LU­SION An ad showed Leo Messi play­ing the Cham­pi­ons League tune but it was re­ally pi­anist To­mas Fosch: “I played it so many times, I don’t ever want to lis­ten to it again”

Manch­ester United’s devil has been sub­sti­tuted for Stone Roses art­work and even Shrews­bury Town ap­pear – as the film This Is Spinal Tap fea­tured a band mem­ber wear­ing a Shrews top.

“I al­ways try to use artists who have an in­ter­est in foot­ball al­ready,” Juan ex­plains. “Bri­tish club crests were the best op­tion when it came to get­ting in­spi­ra­tion. Most of them will con­tain cer­tain el­e­ments: a rose, a bird, a lion, a devil, a crown, and so on. The idea was to re­place th­ese with some­thing that char­ac­terised each band. Most of the best rock artists come from the Bri­tish Isles.

“The ma­jor­ity of the badges use the band’s own lo­gos while the other ones fea­ture a dis­tinc­tive el­e­ment from the artist’s work. For Pink Floyd I chose the prism from the Dark Side Of The Moon cover, which I used to re­place Ar­se­nal’s fa­mous can­non. For Daft Punk, I didn’t use a French team but their fed­er­a­tion logo, be­cause that had some metal­lic qual­i­ties that matched with the band’s hel­mets. That way, I could use a hel­met to re­place the rooster and it didn’t look out of place.”

Now the French na­tional team will be hop­ing to live up to their new crest by win­ning the World Cup in Rus­sia. Their for­tunes surely rely on Kylian Mbappe: they’ll need the young pup all right to get lucky...

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