He was badass, he was RAW, Johnny Cash was a real man. He’s been called one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and now the United States Post Office is honoring the country legend with his own stamp.
The stamp will be a part of a new “Music Icons” series of stamps through the USPS. The photograph on the stamp was taken in 1963 by Frank Bez for the album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, and the design is meant to resemble a record sleeve.
When it came to being a real man, Johnny Cash cultivated his rough outlaw image and fed fuel to the fire by getting arrested himself a few times, being sued by the government for starting a forest fire, and giving free concerts in prisons. His first prison concert was held on January 1, 1958 at San Quentin State Prison.
Cash’s prison performances ended up becoming famous albums, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (2968) and Johnny Cash at San Quentin (1969) which included what are some of his most famous songs, “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Cash was notorious for being an outlaw and living by his own rules, but he did it with honor. He was admired by many and his songs have been covered by artists across the musical spectrum. There’s even a site called The Johnny Cash Project which is dedicated to collecting portraits of Johnny Cash as drawn by fans all over the world. Fans were encouraged to submit their artwork to the site, who’s creators strung each piece together to make a music video for the song “Ain’t No Grave.”
He’s the man in black, and the world will never forget Johnny Cash.
+Beryll designer Sigmar Berg has drawn inspiration from artists like Johnny Cash for his previous and current collections. Check them out here!