Frank Kozik Cause of Death: The Tragic End of a Rock Poster Legend

Frank Kozik, the influential graphic artist and designer who revolutionized the rock poster art scene in the late 1980s and 1990s, died unexpectedly on May 6, 2023, at the age of 61. His death was announced by his wife Sharon on his Instagram account, but the cause of his death was not revealed. According to CBS San Francisco, no information regarding the cause of death was released by his family or representatives.

A Life of Art and Music

Kozik was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1962, and moved to Sacramento, California, when he was 15. He joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 and was stationed in Austin, Texas, where he became involved in the underground punk scene. He started making flyers and posters for local bands, using pop culture icons and comic book characters in surreal and subversive ways. He won a local newspaper’s “Poster of the Year” award in 1987 for a Butthole Surfers poster he designed, which encouraged him to pursue his career in graphic design.

He gained national and international fame for his posters for alternative rock bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, the Offspring, and many more. He also created album covers, logos, stickers, and T-shirts for various music acts. He was featured in a three-page article by Rolling Stone in 1993, calling him the “new rock-poster genius”. He influenced other poster artists such as Emek, Chuck Sperry, and Coop.

In the early 1990s, he moved to San Francisco and established his own print shop and record label, Man’s Ruin Records, which released over 200 records for various bands. He also became a member of the Stuckism art movement, which rejected

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