There’s a lot to be said about people who risk their well-being to share an idea with the world. Street artist Skullphone has done just that creating a body of work that has proven to be absolutely timeless, spanning two decades.
You’ve probably seen his signature skull talking on a Panasonic-like cellphone in the street at one point or another. Skullphone’s trademark design is bold, easily recognizable and its consistency and repetition gives it a sense of ingenious branding.
Since Skullphone first started posting up his skull all over Los Angeles, his message and imagery has progressively become more and more relevant as our interaction with and dependency on technology, continues to grow.
“I got my first cellphone in 1999 and even then people were like, ‘Why do you need that?’ It felt strange to be moving 70 miles per hour on a freeway engaging in conversation with someone across the country,” says Skullphone. “I drew a skull on a cellphone as a self portrait, documenting my new gesture in public spaces, like an xray.”
Artist and Amadeus fam, Mirko Antich, stopped by Skullphone’s Long Beach studio, where the two rapped out about how he started, warding off prostitutes outside his studio, and what the future holds. Don’t miss our in-depth feature on Skullphone in issue 09 out now.
All photos taken by Teague Muir.