Version 2 of "The Plaid Dove," as you can see, is simply the visual reverse of Version 1. When I decided that my abstract painting needed more, some sort of trademark silhouette or shape, I quickly thought of using my official Plaid Design dove. I first created this dove for "When Doves Cry" from my four-piece tribute to Prince. A year or so later, I was designing my record label for Maybe, my third album as The Stan Laurels, and it needed some sort of simple but strong symbol. A light bulb went off ... I colored the dove near-black, removed the closed eye and tear drop, and doubled and reversed it, placing two doves on either side, facing each other. I ended up loving this, both visually and symbolically, so I quickly replaced the three banal diamonds in my Plaid Design logo with two doves and my JRL signature, solidifying the branding of the dove for all things Plaid. The significance of the dove itself in the world of Plaid Design is more than just a tribute to Prince or the universal symbol of peace - it is definitely those things, but on a more personal level, the dove represents my love for my wife. This is for a lot of reasons, but most notably, it's a reference to my song "LoveBirds," which I wrote for her, and is a metaphorical story about the fact that I never knew how to "fly" until I met her. And, as the great Paul Harvey said, "Now you know the rest of the story!"
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