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Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson
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Up, Up, and Up Yours
Ralph Steadman, born 15 May 1936
Hunter Stockton Thompson, 18 Jul 1937 - 20 Feb 2005
Color screenprint on paper
Sheet: 56.1 x 76.4 cm (22 1/16 x 30 1/16")
Mat: 76.2 x 96.5 cm (30 x 38")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joe Petro III in honor of Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman
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© Ralph Steadman
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Born Louisville, Kentucky
Throughout their long collaboration, Ralph Steadman drew journalist Hunter S. Thompson many times. The duo was first assigned to cover the Kentucky Derby in 1970 and continued to work together over the years, with Steadman illustrating Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and several articles for Rolling Stone magazine. In this print, created about a year after Thompson's death-titled Up, Up and Up Yours-Steadman pays tribute to his longtime friend. Thompson is depicted as a peacock, sporting his trademark hat, sunglasses, sneakers, and cigarette holder. Versions of this image were seen in the 1978 BBC program Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision and in the 2005 print Gonzo Memorial. Here, Steadman refines the image, accenting Thompson's sneakers with red detailing. The final touch is the profane gesture of the middle finger, evoking Thompson's flamboyant and irreverent personality.
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