“Skinner” is the mononym of a self-taught and quite gifted Oakland muralist/illustrator who works in lysergically vivid and intricately detailed style that at once evokes underground comix father figure S. Clay Wilson, punk skull purveyor Brian Pushead, and the violent imaginings of Mike Diana, rendered in the eyebleedy colors of the psychedelic poster era. Metal fans will know his work from his INSANE covers for Mastodon’s Once More ‘Round the Sun and Alexisonfire’s Dog’s Blood, apparel designs for High on Fire, Mastodon, and Skeletonwitch, and an awesome poster for the Melvins documentary Colossus of Destiny. His work was collected in the book Every Man is My Enemy.
Skinner has recently begun an art video series for the entertainment company Super Deluxe titled, fittingly, “Drawing with Skinner.” The first episode, released last month, featured Skinner drawing and chatting with the trippy and eccentric hip-hop producer The Gaslamp Killer. The new episode, released yesterday, features as Skinner’s guest Melvins singer/guitarist Roger “King Buzzo” Osborne. The episode begins with Buzzo protesting that he’s never painted, but paint he does—an abstraction emblazoned with the slogan “KILL FOR DRUGS.” While the two are painting, they talk about creative processes, dish dirt on who sucks to work with, and generally just have a fine time yakking, and the eavesdropping is worthy. Skinner, however, was nervous about working with a hero, confessing on his Facebook page:
The thing about the show that I have learned, is that every one is totally aligned with the vibes of the guest. You will see that it’s sort of the beauty of the thing. I also am totally learning as I go. I’m letting the show organically unfold and rolling with it. I also was kinda nervous because I’ve been a super fan of Buzz and the Melvins forever. I also know that his particular brand of contrary type punk antagonism that I love so much could possibly be something I’d come to face one day!
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
King Buzzo goes mansion shopping
The Melvins’ King Buzzo talks about his rescue dogs