Neck Face was born in 1984 in Stockton, California. In addition to being a graffiti artist, he is also an avid skateboarder. He dropped out of art school to pursue these two passions independently.
Philosophy and Style
The artist’s distinctive drawing style can be seen on his stickers and publicly on newspaper stands and buildings throughout cities. His violent, bloody, scratchy images are a cross between “heavy metal and bathroom graffiti,” according to the BBC Collective. Neck Face has said that he likes “seeing people laugh at my violent pieces, then they look around and wonder if it’s wrong to laugh at it.” Neck Face has been likened to Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was famous for his graffiti art in the 1980s.
In an interview with the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Neck Face stated of his fame and position in graffiti culture: “I’m going with the flow. I didn’t know this would happen, all the mags and galleries. I’ve always been doing this. Now I just have shows. If it all goes away, I’ll still be doing this. This is what makes me happy.”
As a child in Mexico, the artist read through his grandmother’s collection of snuff magazines, which feature photos of the dead and convey a similar message as his work: death as entertainment.
Neckface is the art director at Baker Skateboards and has collaborated with a number of skateboard brands such as Vans, Stussy, and Altamont Apparel.