By Peter Lindblad
|Frank Kozik Unsane|
Guzzard 1995 Concert
Poster The Whiskey
Seeing two cuddly bears, one carrying a bucket of PCP, on a concert poster promoting the band's 1995 show at the Whiskey in Hollywood with openers Guzzard and Lowercase in what looks like an otherwise innocent scene from an illustrated children's book certainly subverts expectations. Artist Frank Kozik is notorious for doing that.
Born in Spain and raised during the reign of fascist dictator Franco, before his family settled in California, Kozik has parlayed his delightfully twisted world view, fearless cultural commentary and incredibly bold use of color and clashing textural elements into worldwide fame. His works are highly sought-after by collectors.
Until Kozik arrived on the scene, the art of making concert posters had, for all intents and purposes, gone the way of the dodo bird. Many believe it was Kozik – his Unsane poster one of hundreds he's made over the years – who was responsible for bringing it back from the dead. (To view a selection of his works available for purchase, visit http://stores.ebay.com/Rock-On-Collectibles/Frank-Kozik-Posters-/_i.html?_fsub=3340820&_sid=70220124&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322)
|Zeni Geva Original|
Concert Poster by
Frank Kozik S/N
Eventually, Kozik moved on to developing the vivid and almost surreal silkscreen concert posters that gained him world-wide fame, creating artwork for the likes of Green Day, The White Stripes, Neil Young and Nirvana and lesser-known acts such as Hammerhead and others, and then going on to direct various music videos, including Soundgarden's "Pretty Noose."
|Hammerhead Liquor Bike|
1996 Original Concert Poster
by Frank Kozik X/N
In 2001, he shuttered Man's Ruin and moved on to other artistic pursuits, including throwing himself into the exploding art toy movement. He has designed more than 500 different limited-edition figures. Living in San Francisco today, Kozik also designs products and campaigns for a wide range of major companies. But, it's his wildly imaginative concert poster artwork – with pieces ranging in price from as little as $12 all the way up to $500 and beyond – that are his crowning achievements.
Here are some examples of his best work:
|Groove Merchant 1997 Original|
Silkscreen Gig Poster by
Frank Kozik 9737 S/N
|Frank Kozik Man's Ruin Records|
The Hammer of the Gods 1996
Concert Poster S/N
|Butthole Surfers Pigface Bad Livers|
1991 Original Concert Poster
by Frank Kozik
|Smashing Pumpkins Garbage 1996|
Original Concert Poster by
Frank Kozik S/N
|Soundgarden 1996 Mesa, Arizona Gig Poster|
by Frank Kozik 9654 S/N