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MAPLE x Grateful Dead "Deadhead" Ring
A Symbol Of American Pop Culture
Releasing Saturday, March 5th 2022 at 9am PST.
MAPLE has reinterpreted the Grateful Dead’s iconic ‘Bear’ logo in a tasteful manner that pays homage to the legacy of the band.
The Grateful Dead’s ‘Dancing Bears’ logo was designed by artist Bob Thomas and it first appeared in 1973 on the back cover of the band's release, The History of the Grateful Dead, Volume 1. In the 50 years since then, the graphic has become synonymous with psychedelic imagery and Grateful Dead trivia, a shining example of the band’s long-lasting impression on American pop culture.
Taking on MAPLE's distinctive wrap-around style, the 3D ‘Dancing Bears’ ring comes in a choice of either solid 925 silver ($145 USD) or a 925 silver with 14k gold plating ($203 USD).
Maintaining the original identity of the graphic, thanks to the 3D design it looks as if the logo is dancing as it wraps around the wearer’s finger. MAPLE engraving can be found on the inside of the band as well as a batch number.
Made in very limited numbers, the MAPLE and Grateful Dead ‘Deadhead’ ring is set to release on the 5th of March from select stockists and MAPLE’s respective online store.
About the Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead is a social and musical phenomenon that grew into a genuine American treasure. In 1965, an entire generation was linked together by common ideals, gathering by the hundreds and thousands. This movement created a seamless connection between the band and its fans. As the band toured, Dead Heads would follow. Not because it was a part of popular culture, but because it is a true counterculture that exists to this very day-one that earnestly believes in the value of its beliefs. By 1995, the Grateful Dead had attracted the most concert goers in the history of the music business, and today remain one of the all-time leaders in concert ticket sales. Eventually, the caravan evolved into a community with various artists, craftsmen and entrepreneurs supplying a growing demand for merchandise that connected them to the music.
Today, the connection is as strong as ever. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Their final tally of 2,318 total concerts remains a world record. The Grateful Dead recently celebrated their 51st top 40 album on the Billboard chart, a feat no other group has achieved.