The Lion of Saint Mark (and TPR logo)

Thumper Punk Records was founded in 2010.  The winged lion represents St. Mark, one of the Apostles and author of the New Testament gospel bearing his name.  His gospel describes how John the Baptist cried out in the wilderness, and those cries were associated with the roar of a lion.  The original drawing was taken from La Vita Nuova (translates to “The New Life”), by Dante Alighieri, 1910, which published numerous historical pictures and drawings.  The original drawing can be seen at:

http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Rossetti-Dante-LaVitaNuova/pages/120-detail-mark-the-evangelist-lion/120-detail-mark-the-evangelist-lion-q85-500x500.jpg

The Gospel of St. Mark is a personal favorite, and seeing that symbol used in various locations around Europe (especially Venice) brought it closer.  The original design was just text of the label name next to the lion logo.  Shortly after, Sef Idle at Simpul Studio came up with several designs in which the TPR name circled the logo.  And in 2012, Sef put together the current logo that features the three TPR words stacked next to a simple Lion logo.  And now you know…