Coat of arms I designed for a British rock band Wishbone Ash for their 50th anniversary album

Coat of arms I designed for a British rock band Wishbone Ash for their 50th anniversary album “Coat of Arms”.

Lately, I have become the author of the coat of arms for the album cover of a legendary British rock band Wishbone Ash named, as you have probably guessed, “Coat of Arms”. They will release their new album “Coat Of Arms” on February 28th, 2020 as CD digipak, 2LP version (incl. bonus track), download and stream:

The graphic will be also used on mugs, t-shirts and merchandise.

Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who achieved success in the early and mid-1970s. Their popular albums included Wishbone Ash (1970), Pilgrimage (1971), Argus (1972), Wishbone Four (1973), There’s the Rub (1974), and New England (1976). Wishbone Ash are noted for their extensive use of harmony twin lead guitars, which had been attracting electric blues bands since Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page had played together in the Yardbirds in 1966.

Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Powell and Turner as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”. Several notable bands have cited Wishbone Ash as an influence, including Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Dream Theater and Overkill. – []

All you can see in this project has its own meaning and symbolic, of course.

The back of the coat of arms: two Phoenixes and “wishbone ash” – most important and prominent symbols in this rock band mythology.

  • The 1st quarter: two crossed guitars. And these are the ones still used by them, lead guitars: 1967 Burgundy Gibson Flying V and gold Gibson Les Paul guitar
  • The 2nd quarter: Lorelei as in the German folktale or Rhine Maiden as in the subject of one of their songs ( in other words a siren)
  • The 3rd quarter: a globe as a symbol of internationality, globality and universality ot their songs
  • The 4th quarter: a fist as a symbol of revolution and fight against the oppression

Above all, the helmet: this is the front version of the helmet from their other CD cover “Argus” from 1972, where you can see a French inquisition solider from a move “The Devils” (1971) directed by Ken Russell.

In addition, In the middle of the shield is a sword. This is a direct reference to their song about peace: Throw Down the Sword however. this is not a specific model of the sword

Wishbone Ash long time ago:



Wishbone Ash not so long ago:



Wishbone Ash official website:


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If you would like me to design family crest for you, your family or your company, please click on the “Order” link in the menu. You can send me an email using the contact form there, describing what coat of arms would you like me design for you. Also, you can click on “Prices” link in the same menu to read more about symbolic elements used in heraldry. Every element in the coat of arms should have its meaning. For example “a spade” a tool of agriculture; symbol of honest labour. “Jasmine”: signifies hope, joy and a demonstration of attachment. Please note, that there is no such thing as a ‘coat of arms for a surname’. Many people of the same surname will often be entitled to completely different coats of arms. A family crest belongs to individuals.


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