Frank Kozik, nan iconic schematic creator down medium covers including The Offspring’s “Americana” and Queens of nan Stone Age’s self-titled debut, has died. He was 61 years old.
Kozik’s decease was confirmed by his woman Sharon, who did not springiness a origin of decease but said his passing was “unexpected.”
In a connection she said: “We are devastated to pass you that Frank Kozik passed distant unexpectedly this past Saturday. Frank was a man larger than himself, an icon successful each of nan genres he worked in. He dramatically changed each manufacture he was a portion of. He was a imaginative unit of nature. We are truthful beyond fortunate and honored to person been portion of his travel and he will beryllium missed beyond what words could ever express.”
“He loved his wife, his cats, classical musculus cars, mentoring others and Disneyland. His forceful beingness will beryllium missed by each who knew him. His legacy, for illustration each awesome masters, will emotion connected done his creation and our memories of him. More info connected a memorial work will travel soon. For now, we inquire you please respect our privateness during this trying time.”
Born connected Jan. 9, 1962 successful Madrid, Spain, Kozik spent his formative years increasing up nether Spain’s fascist dictator Franco. As a teenager, he moved to nan U.S., surviving first successful Sacramento pinch his begetter earlier joining nan Air Force, which saw him stationed successful Austin.
A self-taught artist, successful his precocious teens he began creating artwork for friends’ bands, starting pinch achromatic and achromatic flyers pasted to telephone poles. He soon moved into performance posters, including ample silkscreen prints, for bands specified arsenic Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Beastie Boys, Green Day, Neil Young and Nirvana. He besides directed a number of euphony videos, among them Soundgarden’s “Pretty Noose.”
Kozik yet started his ain grounds label, Man’s Ruin Records, releasing complete 200 singles and albums by artists including nan Sex Pistols and Queens of nan Stone Age (whose debut azygous was released done Man’s Ruin Records). Kozik besides designed astir of nan artwork.
In nan early 1990s Kozik closed his explanation to attraction connected different media, including toys and collectibles. He became main imaginative agency of collectibles institution Kidrobot, designing complete 500 constricted version figures including his iconic Labbit characters (vinyl smoking rabbits) for which he collaborated pinch licensees specified arsenic D.C. and Marvel to create superhero-inspired versions.
His work, which inspired a procreation of schematic artists and collectible artifact designers, besides saw him collaborate pinch brands specified arsenic Nike and Swatch.
A number of musicians and artists paid tribute to Kozik connected societal media including drummer Martin Atkins, who has worked pinch Nine Inch Nails and Killing Joke. Atkins tweeted: “So sorry to perceive of nan passing of Frank Kozik. One of his first posters was #pigface successful 1991 which he graciously allowed america to reproduce a mates of years ago. rip brother.”
Label Rocket Recordings besides paid tribute, writing: “Saddened to perceive nan news astir nan very untimely decease of Frank Kozik. He was a immense power connected nan early days of Rocket, truthful overmuch truthful he designed our first logo. A immense and sad nonaccomplishment for DIY creation and culture. Rest In Power Frank.”
Kozik is survived by his woman Sharon.