News of the artist’s passing was confirmed on his social media page earlier today (May 10), via a statement, which explained how he died on May 6, and the loss came as a shock to his family. “Frank was a man larger than himself, an icon in each genre he worked in. He dramatically changed the industry he was a part of,” it read.
“He was a creative force of nature. We are so beyond lucky and honoured to have been part of his journey, and he will be missed beyond what words could ever express.”
Kozik was an acclaimed artist, whose work was highly celebrated across the music world throughout the ‘90s. Self-taught, he began his career by designing posters for local punk bands in the Austin music scene throughout the 1980s.
Eventually, his work caught the attention of some of the biggest rock artists of the following decade, including Nirvana, Green Day, Pearl Jam and The White Stripes — all of which he would later design concert and tour posters for.
Among his most famous work is the album artwork for The Offspring’s fifth studio album, ‘Americana’, Melvins‘ ‘Houdini’ and Queens Of The Stone Age’s self-titled debut in 1998. He also designed tour posters for artists outside of the rock scene, including hip-hop group the Beastie Boys.
His work included contributions to music videos too. For example, he directed the visuals for Soundgarden’s 1996 track ‘Pretty Noose’, which featured on their fifth LP, ‘Down On The Upside’. Check out the video below.
In 1993, Kozik started his own record label, titled Man’s Ruin, which ran up until 2001, and released over 200 records. This included releases from artists including Melvins, Kyuss, Entombed, Queens Of The Stone Age and more. Upon closing the label, he then turned his efforts to the art toy movement (via Consequence).
Following the news of his passing, numerous members of the entertainment world have taken to social media to pay tribute to the artist.
D.Norsen, a graphic designer for acts including The Grateful Dead hailed Kozik as “one of the all time greats,” in his tribute, while Rocket Recordings added: “Saddened to hear the news about the very untimely death of Frank Kozik. He was a huge influence on the early days of Rocket, so much so he designed our first logo. A huge and sad loss for DIY art and culture. Rest In Power Frank.” Find more responses below.
— Martin Atkins (@marteeeen) May 10, 2023
— Ghost Club (@The_GhostClub) May 10, 2023
For Frank Kozik. One of the all time greats. pic.twitter.com/pXYwGTwdfH
— d.norsen (@dnorsen_design) May 10, 2023
— Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (@RustedMecha) May 10, 2023
RIP Frank Kozik, whose day glo nightmare show posters and album covers were the visual soundtrack of the more brutal precincts of '90s indie/alt-rock. He also founded Man's Ruin Records, releasing Kyuss, Killdozer, Turbonegro, Melvins and many other superb blights on pop culture. pic.twitter.com/bqdmXu9zhM
— Michael Azerrad (@michaelazerrad) May 10, 2023
Frank Kozik, who produced posters and other artwork for Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, the Offspring, the Melvins, the White Stripes and the Beastie Boys, among many others, has died at age 61. pic.twitter.com/Seq4oB0Jr9
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) May 10, 2023
We are devastated by the loss of creative visionary Frank Kozik. As a tribute to his memory, a portion of the sales from all Frank Kozik products will be given to his family. pic.twitter.com/3tRpIuGL51
— Kidrobot (@Kidrobot) May 10, 2023
RIP Frank Kozik, King of the Concert Poster. I always wished I could visit the world you created, even if i would have gotten beheaded by a panda. pic.twitter.com/txPlhDQEJg
— Michael Tedder (@mtedder) May 10, 2023
I'm glad I have this evidence and reminder of the brilliance of Frank Kozik. Beneath the dayglo and funny animals, there was an understanding of the violent psychoses powering American life. Rest triumphant. pic.twitter.com/vIOlf2XHOw
— Bruce Adams (@BruceMAdams) May 10, 2023
Queens Of The Stone Age, one of the main bands to have worked alongside Kozik, have not yet commented on his passing. Yesterday (May 9) however, they did share a teaser for “a new era of music” — coming in the form of a video clip.