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C.R. Stecyk III

Los Angeles, CA

C.R. Stecyk III is a multimedia artist widely acknowledged as a major influence within the genres of graffiti and street art. Stecyk was involved with the founding of the Zephyr surf shop, where the boards he painted helped to establish the graphic styles of both surfing and skateboarding. He was a writer and production designer on the Sundance award-winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys and is one of the founders of Juxtapoz magazine. Stecyk has written and photographed extensively on the topics of art, surfing, skateboarding, custom car culture, and obscure California history. A surfboard shaped and painted by Stecyk resides in the permanent archive of the Smithsonian. Stecyk created numerous iconic symbols of surfing and skateboarding, such as the Lance Mountain skull logo, the “Vato Rat,” the Dogtown cross, and the “Skate and Destroy” marks.