We know them well: the dancing skeleton, the prancing bears, the steal your face skull, the happy turtles, and of course, the roses. These and other images have come to be synonymous with the Grateful Dead. But what exactly do these symbols mean? What messages do they convey?
Jerry Garcia was a musical legend and cultural icon, known for his amazing guitar, soulful voice, magical performances, psychedelic lifestyle, and fun-loving philosophy. With all the great music he created, it's no wonder we rarely get around to discussing the image of the man who brought us so much pleasure through his art. Jerry wasn't the vain or conceited type—he wasn't one to don the latest designer fashions and he was never a slave to trends. But like many superstars, Jerry's fashion sense underwent multiple transformations throughout his long career. Just check out this series of images to survey his many looks: