BERKELEY, Calif. — Operation Ivy’s iconic Ska Man logo is reportedly devastated that he was not asked to be a part of the new Jesse Michaels/Tim Armstrong collaboration Bad Optix, confirmed multiple two-dimensional sources.
“I’ve been with these guys since day one. I was there when they played Dave Mello’s garage, I was there on the day they signed to Lookout! and I’m basically the most recognizable member of the band,” said the mostly jet-black logo while looking at his gnarled fingers. “I was a little upset when Jesse didn’t call me when he played ‘Sound System’ with Tim last year, but I let it go. Then I hear about this new band and I can’t help but feel a little letdown. If they use a different silhouette of a dancing man as the logo for Bad Optix then I’ll know this relationship can never be mended.”
Michaels, the current Bad Optix and former Operation Ivy frontman, says he is appreciative of all the work Ska Man has done in the past.
“There is no doubt the guy is a legend. He should be on the Mount Rushmore of logos, but he’s just not a good fit for this new project,” said Michaels. “Operation Ivy was a fast-paced ska-punk full of teenage angst and aggression. Bad Optix is a mid-paced ska-punk band full of middle-aged reflection. I still hope to work with him in the future, there are always going to be 12-year-olds discovering Operation Ivy and they are going to need new t-shirt designs.”
Other famous punk logos were quick to support Ska Man.
“If you think drummers or bassists are mistreated in a band then just try being a fun visual representation for the band,” said Bunny, the former Blink-182 logo. “I was with those guys in the early days and as soon as Travis (Barker) comes along and they get a taste of the mainstream I’m kicked to the curb. I’ve spent the last 25 years struggling to buy baggy jeans and carrots to keep up appearances, but nobody even remembers me. I occasionally get a call from Scott (Raynor), but he’s a fucking cop now so I let that go to voicemail.”
At press time, Ska Man was cold emailing members of Catbite in hopes of collaborating.