Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work, bizarre and antagonistic installations while maintaining a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, “Dungeons and Dragons”, and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos. His work has been shown all over the world in various museums, universities and galleries. He has been an ambassador of the alternative arts movement in countries ranging from Russia, Cuba, Japan, Europe and all across the United States. Don’t be surprised if you see one of his murals on a small side street in Scotland or some tiny village in Russia. Skinner has and continues to bring his own very specific weird art to anywhere in the world that can handle it. Skinner’s work has been celebrated in various publications including Blisss, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, and Beautiful/Decay as well as numerous European publications. In the fall of 2012 Skinner launched his own art and apparel company called Critical Hit. Realizing that his art is better kept in the hands of people who appreciate it on a day to day basis, he applied his strange visions and humor to an affordable media where fans of his work can find giclee and silkscreen prints, his hardback book “Every Man Is My Enemy”, t-shirts featuring his one of a kind designs, custom toys and figures, patches, buttons, zines and more!
Jason Cruz began his career in the action sports industry designing snowboard graphics for Joyride Snowboards. During this time he was also taking his art to the streets of Southern California as a graffiti artist. After giving art school a shot, Jason became Art Director for Arnette Sunglasses and then later, Sanuk Sandals.
In 2006, Jason was hired by Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand as designer for their Lifestyle department. It was during this time at Hot Wheels that Jason was inspired to pursue his passion of custom cars and bikes. He began to focus his creative efforts on automotive and cycle illustrations. Jason has designed numerous die-cast cars for Hot Wheels, Jada Toys, and Johnny Lightning as well as product for Felt Bicycles, Scorpion Helmets, Spyder and numerous action sports companies.
Since 2006, Jason has focused primarily on T-Shirt design, creating graphics for Quiksilver, Harley-Davidson, Hanes, Loser Machine, and various other companies. His work has been featured in the books “Surf Graphics” and “Kustom Graphics II” published by Korero Books. His illustrations have been seen in magazines such as Spin, Arkitip, Juxtapoz, Dice, Street Chopper, Traditional Rod and Kulture, Car Kulture Deluxe, and Ignite ( from Japan).