Joe Petagno: Illustrator of the Week

Iron Horse We Ride…

To honor the passing of “Lemmy” Ian Kilminster we look at the art of Joe Petagno who created Snaggletooth. He also helped design several Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd covers.

Petagno was born in Portland, Maine and left the United States in 1972. He worked with Hipgnosis before meeting Lemmy in 1975. He designed “War-Pig” (aka Snaggletooth, The Iron Boar, The Bastard, or Little Bastard) for the band’s Motorhead album and has continued to design the majority of the album and single sleeve covers for the band. Petagno refers to Motorhead’s mascot as The Bastard (or Little Bastard). Joe Petagno came up with the concept after studying skulls of wild boars, gorillas, and dogs.


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