If you have been following street art for years, you have probably had the opportunity to enjoy the colorful murals of dragons and demons on walls around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond by local artist Skinner.
Recently Skinner published a book with Gingko Press titled “Every Man is My Enemy”. It is packed with his art that is it’s own unique world unto itself.
“After being featured in a few Gingko Press books that they did with Juxtapoz, Gingko offered me the chance to put out 3 years worth of my work in this book, so I jumped at the chance to do it! That’s how Every Man Is My Enemy came to be!”
About the Artist
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, so don’t be surprised if you see one of his murals on a small side street in Scotland or some tiny village in Russia. He has and continues to bring his own specific weird American art to anywhere 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!
To learn more about Skinner and his art & apparel shop, check out his websites.