What does the Grateful Dead bear symbolize? So people were tripping on Owsley’s dancing bear acid while watching the Grateful Dead, who had recently released a live album with the bears on the cover. It’s easy to see how the symbol became so heavily associated with the band, and have come to represent the music, the energy, and of course, the LSD.
What are the bears called Grateful Dead? 13. Steal Your Face: Owsley Stanley — the LSD icon who was known as “Bear” in the Dead community — is widely credited for helping to design the band’s “Steal Your Face” (lightning bolt on skull) logo.