Ralph Steadman was born in 1936 in the north-west of England and raised in the north Wales. His mother worked at a store, while his father sold women’s clothes and underwear around the country. After working as an aviation engineer and a Woolworths store manager, the then 18-year-old Steadman saw an advertisement in the papers and decided to pursue a career as a cartoonist.
Steadman, being a now well-known artist and illustrator, has announced the release of his first-ever collection of digital drawings and NFT animations last April, which are based on his classic images for the novel “Fear and Self Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson. The tokenized pieces in the series, which will be released on Nifty Gateway, will pay tribute to important events in Steadman’s illustrious career.
Winner’s Circle, a cartoony piece from The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, a slew of still photos of Steadman’s reinterpretations of former US Presidents (some of which have never been released to the public), and another still image that touches on the massive implications of the new digital age from 1996 are among the featured crypto pieces in the collection.
In 1971, two back-to-back issues of Rolling Stone magazine featured “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” which was then followed by the novel’s released in July of the following year. It was a smash hit, and Steadman’s bizarre illustrations were instantly recognized by many.
The front cover of Rolling Stone issue 96 (released in November 25, 1971), in which the second portion was published, featured a design by Ralph Steadman, which was auctioned in New York on December 5th. It appeared that that was the first time any original piece from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was ever auctioned.