Frank Kozik, Graphic Designer For The Offspring & Nirvana, Passes Away At 61

10 May 2023 | 2:08 pm | Mary Varvaris
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“Frank was a man larger than himself, an icon in each genre he worked in."

(Frank Kozik via Facebook)

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Frank Kozik, the man who designed numerous band posters as well as the album art for The Offspring’s Americana, passed away at age 61.

“We are devastated to inform you that Frank Kozik passed away unexpectedly this Saturday (6 May),” Kozik’s family wrote in a social media statement.

The statement continued, “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. He was a creative force of nature. We are so beyond lucky and honored [sic] to have been part of his journey, and he will be missed beyond what words could ever express.

“He loved his wife, his cats, classic muscle cars, mentoring others, and Disneyland. His forceful presence will be missed by all who knew him. His legacy, like all great masters, will live on through his art and our memories of him.”

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Kozik's family concluded the statement by writing that more information on a memorial service will be provided soon, but “For now, we ask you please respect our privacy during this trying time.”

Kozik was a self-taught artist and cut his teeth in the 80s, designing posters for local punk acts coming out of Austin.

He made so many waves with his work that acts such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Soundgarden, Green Day and the Beastie Boys all commissioned Kozik for his work.

As well as designing the album art for The Offspring’s iconic Americana, Kozik was behind the artwork of Queens Of The Stone Age’s self-titled debut album. He also tried his hand at directing as the director of the Soundgarden music video, Pretty Noose.

Kozik founded and ran Man’s Ruin Records from 1994 until 2001. In that short time, the label released over 200 albums from better-known artists like Kyuss, Entombed, and even the Sex Pistols.