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Pantone Devotes a Shade of Purple 2 Prince

Love Symbol #2 honors the late musician, who was known as the Purple One.

Pantone and the Prince Estate’s Love Symbol #2 (image courtesy Pantone)

Prince was known as much for his style as for his musicology, and that holds true even after his premature death. Last October, it was revealed that his ashes had been laid to rest inside a 3D-printed urn in the shape of his home, Paisley Park. Now his estate has teamed up with Pantone to produce a special shade of purple in honor of the artist. It’s called Love Symbol #2, or The Prince Estate and Pantone Unveil Love Symbol #2 logo.

According to the Pantone announcement, Love Symbol #2 was inspired by Prince’s Yamaha purple piano, which he’d had custom made in advance of a planned tour last year (he also had at least one purple guitar, though no corvette). You could say the color was forever in the Purple One’s life; he may have even gone a little crazy with it, using it all around his world, from the cover of his 1982 album 1999 to many iconic outfits to his landmark 1984 film and album Purple Rain. “The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever,” said Troy Carter, entertainment advisor to Prince’s estate, in the Pantone news release.

The announcement also states that products incorporating Love Symbol #2 are forthcoming, but there’s no word yet on what they will be. Here’s hoping for purple paisley jackets, purple satin sheets, and, dare I say, purple umbrellas.

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