As part of the Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp celebrating the legendary Jimi Hendrix in 2014. Our president Greg Breeding served as the art director for the stamp.

Stamp design

Greg worked with artist Rudy Gutierrez, who was inspired by the vibrant, psychedelic pop culture of the 1960s for his portrait of Hendrix, rendered in acrylic and colored pencil.

The design of the stamp pane itself, created to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, shows the painting of Hendrix surrounded by colorful swirls and icons that reference lyrics or aspects of Hendrix’s life (including angels and butterflies from the song “Little Wing,” the third eye symbol to reflect his spiritual side, and a petroglyph to honor his Native American heritage.)

The reverse side of the pane shows Hendrix performing, and the 16 stamps are arranged in four blocks that resemble a kaleidoscope: With their upper corners meeting, the stamps appear to spin around each other.