So what did Thompson, who died in 2005, think of Steadman upon meeting him? “All I knew about him was that this was his first visit to the United States. And the more I pondered the fact, the more it gave me fear. How would he bear up under the heinous culture shock of being lifted out of London and plunged into the drunken mob scene at the Kentucky Derby? There was no way of knowing.”

Ralph Steadman’s art has been featured on beer bottles for the Flying Dog brewing company, including this image for their Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout.

Among his many projects, Ralph Steadman wrote a wine book entitled The Grapes of Ralph: Wine According to Ralph Steadman.

This book compiled his views on wines from all over the world, as well as a collection of original drawings – always holding true to the Steadman style.

A major documentary about Steadman’s career titled For No Good Reason was released in the U.S. in April 2014. The long and illustrious career of the man who will forever be connected with Hunter S. Thompson shows no signs of slowing down.

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Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.