You may or may not recognize his name, but you’d definitely recognize his artistic creations. Frank Kozik, the artist behind album covers for Queens of the Stone Age, Melvins, and The Offspring, passed away just last week on May 6.
During his career Kozik was commissioned by a number of bands including Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, and The White Stripes among others. In addition to his artwork, Kozik influenced the music industry by founding Man’s Ruin Records in the early 90s, which was home to bands such as The Hellacopters, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Sex Pistols.
A statement from his wife released on Instagram reads, “Frank was a man larger than himself, an icon in each genre he worked in. He dramatically changed the industry he was a part of. He was a creative force of nature. We are so beyond lucky and honored to have been part of his journey, and he will be missed beyond what words could ever express. He loved his wife, his cats, classic muscle cars, mentoring others, and Disneyland. His forceful presence will be missed by all who knew him. His legacy, like all great masters, will live on through his art and our memories of him.”
Kozik’s imprint on the punk genre lives on and will be remembered through his art.
Photo courtesy of Kidrobot.