John Lennon at 80 (if only)

John Lennon at 80 (if only)

October 09, 2020

To mark what would have been dear John Lennon's 80th birthday today, here are two of my original sketches of John, drawn 60 years apart. The first John Lennon Drawing is of 1958, when John Lennon, aged 17, during his Buddy Holly period. I drew him "from life", when we were students together and great friends at Liverpool College of Art. I still treasure our shared roots in the world's greatest city 💕
The thick, black-rimmed spectacles worm by John became synonymous with cool and never lost their appeal for creatives but it was Buddy Holly who kicked off the trend, widely hailed as "rock’s first fashion statement”.
The second artwork is a more recent sketch of a more mature "Abbey Road John”. It features his iconic talisman pendant, first seen at the Sergeant Pepper launch party in 1968. John was a dreamer and a pacifist, ahead of his time. I am always moved by how his legions of new fans around the world continue to adopt and promote his message of peace and love. It’s over 40 years since I last spoke to John. But it still feels like Yesterday.



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How to measure your head for my leather cap

sketch of John Lennon by Helen Anderson 

 

 
A message from Helen about sizing: 
Hats are a bit like jackets and dresses: sizes are supposed to be universal but may vary from one manufacturer to another. I can’t guarantee you a perfect fit, but I can do my best to help.

My cap is available in 4 sizes: Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and Extra Large (XL). It’s an investment piece, so I encourage you also to invest three minutes to find the perfect fit.

Don’t just guess your size!
John Lennon’s head measured 23.5 inches. He was a size XL (big brain!). Here's how I measured it, back in 1964 - and how you can measure yours now.
  1. Don’t panic if you don’t have a tailor’s tape measure handy. You can also use a length of string or ribbon, and then measure it against a ruler.
  2. Place the string or tape around your head about 3mm above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not super-tightly.
  3. I’d like you to measure your head exactly where the cap will sit. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next size up.
Remember: If you have big hair, you’ll probably need the next size up!

SIZES

SIZE GUIDE

You will need to tell me your size at the time you order.

CHOOSE SMALL CHOOSE MEDIUM CHOOSE LARGE CHOOSE EXTRA-LARGE 

If you are in such a hurry to get hold of a cap that you don’t have time to measure your head, you could also check the size of another hat that fits: hat sizes are universal… in theory. Don’t see your size? Have a special request?

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