Frank Cusick, a well-known artist who designed posters and album covers for a number of bands, has died at the age of 61.
According to a statement posted on social media, Kozik passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 6. “Frank was a bigger man than he was, and an icon in every genre he worked in. He dramatically changed the industry he was a part of. He was a creative force of nature. We are so fortunate and honored to have been a part of his journey, and we will miss him beyond words can express.” about it at any time.
A self-taught artist, Kozik began designing posters for local punk bands while living in Austin in the 1980s. His work eventually caught the attention of bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, Beastie Boys, and Green Day, all of whom commissioned Kozik to create touring posters on their behalf.
Cusick also designed the covers for the debut album Queens of the Stone Age and The Offspring’s Americanaamong many other albums, and directed Soundgarden’s music video for “Pretty Noose”.
In 1993, Kozik moved to San Francisco and started his own record label, Man’s Ruin Records. Over the eight years between 1994 and 2001, Man’s Ruin released more than 200 records, including titles from Melvins, Nebula, Kyuss, High on Fire, Entombed, and Queens of the Stone Age.
Cusick closed Ruin Man’s Ruin to focus his efforts on the art-game movement. He collaborated with Kidrobot and other boutique toy companies to produce over 500 limited-edition toys, including several versions of the popular Labbit character.
Album covers designed by Frank Cusick (click to expand)
Designed by Frank Cusick