The Artwork of Pushead

The Artwork of Pushead

In 11th grade I sat behind a guy with a mohawk who constantly wore punk rock and metal concert t-shirts. One specific shirt I remember seeing in regular rotation was a Misfits shirt that said “Die, Die my Darling.” Although I didn’t know it at the time, what I was looking at was the artwork of a one Brian “Pushead” Schroeder.

(EDIT: Astute Retroist Daniel Th1rte3n pointed out in the comment section that this particular piece was in fact not created by Pushead, which means that the guy that used to sit in front of me in sociology class lied to me. Check out this Misfits artwork instead, that Pushead did do. Thanks for the tip, Daniel! -Flack)

Schroeder picked the name Pushead (pronounced “pus head”) after stating that he felt like his music and artwork was a “pimple on normal society.” Although he gained brief notoriety as the lead singer of the band Septic Death and as the owner of a small, punk record label, Pushead’s real claim to fame ended up being his artwork, which almost always focuses on skulls or eyeballs (or both). Pushead did several other t-shirt and album/single designs for the Misfits before being hired by an even bigger client: Metallica.

Pretty much any piece of Metallica artwork from the mid-80s to now that contains skulls, Pushead was responsible for. Pushead also did the artwork for the Zorlac’s Metallica skateboard, along with several other Zorlac skateboards. As you can see here, Pushead’s personal style of artwork is unmistakable; anyone who grew up in the 80s and was into skateboarding or heavy metal will recognize it instantly.

Also throughout the 1980s, Pushead worked for the infamous skateboarding magazine Thrasher. During his time there, Pushead worked not only as a writer, but also as an artist providing several magazine covers, graphics, and t-shirt graphics, including this one:

Throughout the years, Pushead’s services have remained in high demand. In the 90s, he created album covers for such bands as Prong and Corrosion of Conformity. Recently, Pushead created his own Nike SB Dunk shoe design. Last year, Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker hired Pushead to create the artwork for Barker’s latest solo album. Again as you can see, Pushead’s artwork style has changed very little over the past 30 years, and yet it still remains in style.

If you would like to see more examples of Pushead’s artwork, visit either the Puszone or the equally appetizingly-named Pusfan.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. The guy sitting in front of me lied to me.

  2. I’ve been a fan of Pushead since I fist saw his work in Thrasher in like 1984, then later I had the Zorlac pirate and spider shirts. Let’s not forget my Damage inc. and Ministry one! GREAT article! Thanks for the homage to one of the best artists ever!

  3. @Flack Man, I’m glad he did, because you wrote this article and spread the word of the awesomeness that is Pushead!

  4. Nice! Pushead is a great artist, he is also out there making toys:
    The Pushead rumor mill is telling us a new set of Nike SB’s will be out later this year:

    I too have been a fan since the mid 80’s – thanks to a mixed tape a skateboarding buddy gave me with Septic Death on it, I had to hear more… I now have 10 (or is it 11) Pushead tattoos added to the collection (w/more on the way)!

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