Every Friday afternoon we had technical drawing in the apprentice school class room, I liked technical drawing and got through my work very quickly, Rob Dixon and Johnny Diack were not the sharpest tools in the box and struggled with even the most basic diagrams so I did their work as well.
That was one skill that British engineering gave me which came in handy one evening when I was given a task of contributing something to the SP3 cause. The factory was now a distant memory, erased from my mind, I was on the dole and life was dominated by our personal psychedelic suburban voyage into inner space.
We was Psychedelic, no doubt about it, late night mushroom romp’s, cinema on Acid,dope in the morning , dope in the evening , the only problem I had when I was faced with making this contribution to the SP3 cause was that when it came down to it I really had no feeling whatsoever for Psychedelic art, Natty’s work was amazing, I had none of his special talent , so I just did what I could.
Maybe it was because we loved watching old black and white films that the logo was inspired by the RKO logo, I was aiming for an art deco type of a design more than an obvious Psychedelic image, another influence had to be the swastika and the crucifix just because both symbols existed in everyone’s subconscious.
The logo had no relevance to Religion, Fascism or Freemasonry, I hoped it would convey the intensity and power of the band which could not be achieved with hippy era graphics, it is a type of Magik symbol, so the SP3 were a part of the Illuminati I hear you say, no, we were responsible for our own alchemy and secret practices and had no alliance with any force other than our own.
I saw it tattooed on bodies, printed on t shirts and many other commercial products but I never got paid a penny, so it got to a point when I said fuck this.