Pushead is a word that holds a lot of different meaning for a lot of different people. If you skateboard, his work has haunted you from metal band albums to classic board graphics. If you are a sneakerhead, you might have become aware of Pushead over the last couple years with hisNike SB Dunk releases.
His most recent Nike SB Dunk, “The Bleached Pushead” will release this Saturday at Homebase at 11am. The version has a bleached out look of his famous 2005 release.
Pushead, aka Brian Schroeder, has had a long career as an artist, as well as a record label owner and musician. Pushead has worked on graphics with musical artists such as Dr. Dre, Travis Barker, and Kool Keith.
He is probably most famous for his work on both Misfits and Metallica album covers. Pushead has done numerous t-shirt designs for Metallica that without a doubt, graced the chest of your metalhead older brother or Dad.
Who can forget the band Kinghorse and their domination of the Speed Wheels video ‘Risk It’? It seemed they ran half the soundtrack, including Danny Way’s part as he jumps off the cliff. Pushead did the cover of that album also.
Doing covers for bands that are in old skate videos is not Pusheads only connection to skateboarding. Growing up skating in the late 80′s/early 90′s Pushead’s work owned the bottom of most of the board you wanted. There were not as many skate shops back then as there are today and skateboards in the Valley were tied in with the BMX culture. Some of my first memories are of seeing Zorlac Skateboards in the window of Bike Line- all showing off Pushead graphics.
You might also remember Pushead’s work from the SPoT Tampa Pro trophies won by: Sean Malto, Tory Pudwell and Chaz Ortiz.
As you can see, Pushead is definitely not new to the culture of skateboarding but it’s nice to see his appeal grow while staying true to his undeniable style. He has had the same luck of his illustrations crossing- the barriers of music genres , sports, or age. The era of skulls and swords will never really die in skateboarding as long as the originator is still carrying the torch.
Check out the rest of the Pushead photos and get here early Saturday if you want a chance at these “Pushead 2″ Dunks.