#12. Tupac Shakur (Rolling Stone, 1996)

Issue: 10/31/1996
Art Direction: Gail Anderson
Photography: Danny Clinch

After Pac's murder it was inevitable that most music mags would give him a memorial cover. Vibe and The Source both took the somber approach, with similar headshots of Pac in serious glance. It was Rolling Stone who really rose to the occasion, showing a shirtless and tatted Pac, wearing the delicate balance of passion and rage on his face. The portrait itself has found continued life in the dorm room poster canon, hanging alongside such classics as the Bob Marley's Legend cover and John Belushi in his Animal House "college" sweater.