Ralph Steadman is an English-born cartoonist whose satirical and edgy political cartoons boosted him to recognition in the late 1950s. He worked closely with the journalist and activist Hunter S. Thompson and illustrated the cover of what would go on to be their most popular collaboration, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" in 1971. He illustrated many of Thompson's articles and drew portraits of him on more than one occasion, his unique style capturing the chaotic and creative energy around Thompson and his life and work.
Hunter S. Thompson was an American journalist known for creating the "gonzo" style of modern journalism and spent most of his life living on the hard edge of America's 'proper' society. Thompson was honorably discharged from the Air Force for being talented yet nonconforming and worked his grit into a useful tool to gain insight about the lives of marginalized communities while also raging against the government machine with his life and legacy.