Iconography @ Vintage 429, Pop Culture Autographs and Memorabilia
“Che Guevara, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Bob Marley, The Beatles — these are names that refuse to fade out. No generation gap can lower their popularity. They will always remain a symbol of youth.”— Times of India
Visit the website of New Orleans’ premier autograph and memorabilia gallery of contemporay iconography or, visit our New Orleans gallery convieniently located in the heart of the historic French Quarter.
In 1998, Vintage 429 opened with a commitment to provide one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia combined with the finest customer service and guaranteed authenticity. With hundreds of items, we have something for everyone, from historic rarities to the finest “pop icon” autographs from the entertainment, sports and literary worlds.
We believe a pop icon is a celebrity, character, or object whose fame in pop culture constitutes a defining characteristic of a given society or era. Although there is no single definitive test for establishing “pop icon” status, such status is usually associated with elements such as longevity, ubiquity, and distinction. Moreover, “pop icon” status is distinguishable from other kinds of notoriety outside of popular culture iconography, such as with historic figures.
Usually, the pop icon status of a celebrity is contingent upon longevity of notoriety. This is in contrast to cult icons, whose notoriety or recognition may be limited to a specific subculture. Some pop icons have left a lasting and indelible mark in the area of their career, and then gone on to attain a lasting place of recognition in society at large.
A common element of pop icon status is the ubiquity of imagery and allusions to the iconic figure. It is common for the figure to be recognized and even celebrated in areas outside the original source of celebrity status. An example of this is Albert Einstein, a physicist whose image and legacy have been represented in comic strips, T-shirts, greeting cards and many other contexts.
Often pop icon status implies distinguished association with a societal ideal or archetype. It is not uncommon for iconic figures to have a nickname or sobriquet that is used to emphasize this association. Sometimes the very name of such individuals is even used as a synonym for common words or ideas. Einstein, for example, is routinely associated with genius and ingenuity. Marilyn Monroe is associated with sex appeal.
A number of pop icons are distinguished for having died at a young age. These include James Dean, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, River Phoenix, Jean Harlow, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Bruce Lee, Janis Joplin, Selena, and Marilyn Monroe among others.
Other deceased celebrities cemented their status as pop icons by virtue of their role in captivating the ethos of their era, as is the case with Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and Michael Jackson. Many celebrities also attain the status of pop icon while still living; solo recording artists such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and Tina Turner as well as musical groups such as Nirvana, The Doors, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, U2, and the Spice Girls are examples.
Some pop icons, such as Mickey Mouse, Betty Boop, Mario, Winnie the Pooh, Bugs Bunny, Shrek, Pikachu, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin, or even Sherlock Holmes are fictional characters. Even inanimate objects have been recognized as pop icons.
Some figures attain transitory or context-specific “pop icon” status for particular events that captivate public attention, such as in the case of the O.J. Simpson trial.
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