If you're not familiar with the name of Marc McKee then you best brush-up on your Dickhouse history lessons (most all of which can be found here in our requisite class textbook jackass: 10 years of stupid). In the essence of time though, I can and shall provide you with this half-ass CliffsNotes introduction to McKee:
"In 1989 Marc McKee got his start creating skateboard graphics for World Industries and many of its subsidiaries, like Blind, 101, Menace, A-Team and Almost. Spearheaded by McKee, this era is considered the golden age of skateboard art, whose funny, sexy and offensive graphics were hugely popular then and are considered highly collectable today.
"McKee was also the editor of Big Brother Magazine during its first four years and later worked on the Blunt Snowboard Magazine, before selling both to Larry Flynt Publications. Today, McKee continues to make art for skateboard companies."
Again, that's just the bare bones. If anything it's far too humble a description of McKee's impact on skateboarding, considering he was primarily responsible for revamping the graphics trade into the notoriously fucked-up, sacrilegious, controversial, thought-provoking, instigative, and hilarious genre that it is now fondly remembered as. And as far as Big Brother magazine is concerned, Marc was one of its premiere founding fathers and he poured those very same aforementioned immoralities into its gloriously infantile pages from 1992–1996 back when bare boobies were the bi-monthly norm. Not too shabby for a former BMXer, eh?
If you'd like a much more comprehensive breakdown of Marc look no further than this recent interview conducted by Chris Nieratko. But first, why not stick around and check out a few photos from the recent book release/opening reception for his Seen/Unseen show that opened in Los Angeles this past Saturday...
Photos clockwise from upper left: 1) Obligatory establishing shot; 2) Jeff Tremaine and Socrates Leal reflect on the original Fucked-Up Blind Kids; 3) Tremaine holds up his personalized copy of Marc's book (yes, that's Marc behind the book... he turns reddish in color when he drinks); 4) Pro skater James Craig displays one of his graphics done by McKee; 5) Detail shot of the original painting done for a 101 Eric Koston pro model in 1993; 6) Obligatory wide shot; 7) Dimitry Elyashkevich and Tremaine ogle several of McKee's illustrations for Hustler magazine; 8) The 101 Natas Kaupas Devil Worship board, one of the most controversial skateboard graphics ever.
To buy Marc's book, Seen/Unseen: The Art of Marc McKee, click here. You won't be disappointed and it will totally bum out your uptight conservative friends and family members. Defile your coffee table today!
For further information on Marc McKee, skateboard graphics, and the mysterious state of Delaware:
(Photos by Rick Kosick; Los Angeles, CA 2011)