Jamie Reid born 1947 is an English artist and anarchist.
His work featuring letters cut from newspaper headlines in the style of a ransom note, came close to defining the image of punk rock, particularly in the United Kingdom. His best known works include the Sex Pistols album never mind the bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols and the singles “Anarchy in the UK”, “God Save the Queen” which was based on a Cecil Beaton photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, with an added safety pin through her nose and swastikas in her eyes, described by Sean O’Hagan of The Observer as “the single most iconic image of the punk era”,”Pretty Vacant” and “Holidays in the Sun”.
Jamie Reid’s work with the Sex Pistols was quite monumental at the time as his work not only became the symbols for the Sex Pistols & illustrations but for punk rock in general. He had a passionate problem with authority and the way society revolved around money and certain influences. Reid often depicts members of royalty and public figures as villains or common enemies of the public which he often reflects in his artwork. He has been quoted saying “We are taught to believe and respect certain entities and figures as if we know them and trust them, but the truth is we dont know them and we shouldnt trust them, my work is not a form of propoganda to make us rebel, that would make me my own enemy. I would like it to be a gateway to help people develop they’re own ideas of everything in this world.”
Jamie Reid has been given a lot of criticism about these controversial designs from a variety of entities including the queen herself and Buckingham palace. He claims he was a much more rebelious character when he designed these being many years ago but also says there will always be this part of him inside him. Although much more mature now and reserved with his designs, these pieces of art were a defining part of Reid’s career.