(Growing up in the 80s and living thrash metal had me right in love with the early music of Metallica.  I had to have everything by them.  I hunted for EP T102releases, as well as European versions of their early records, and always had to have the latest tour shirts.  I first learned of Pushead through Metallica, but then learned that he was also responsible for many of the iconic images that bands like Misfits and his own band Septic Death used.  My love of skateboard culture also drew me to Pushead, as he did many designs in that arena as well.  It was a good bet that between the ages of 11 and 17, I was wearing a shirt Pushead designed.  I chose this song because it’s the one shirt I still have in my collection from those days – it’s beaten to shit, and really too fucking small for me now, but I still have it as a reminder of a better time. – FATS)


Brian Schroeder (a.k.a. Pushead) is an artist, record label owner, and writer within the hardcore punk and heavy metal field. He has created artwork for DSCF2804many bands, artists, and athletes including Metallica, The Misfits, Dr. Dre, Travis Barker, Craig Johnson and Kool Keith. He has designed many record
covers, T-shirts, skateboards, and a pair of Nike SB Dunks. His record label, Pusmort Records, has released albums by Negative Gain, Poison Idea and Final Conflict. He fronted the band Septic Death during the 1980s, which gained reviews in The Rocket and Creem.

Artwork for Metallica includes illustrations for “2 of One” (music video for “One”), the album cover for St. Anger, numerous interior album illustrations, various web graphics and t-shirt designs. He has worked with a number of musical acts including Dr. Octagon. His artwork is characterized by detailed skulls. In 1991, Pushead designed and illustrated a number of sticker inserts for a series of heavy metal and hard rock trading cards called RockCards, released by Brockum.

He also designed skateboard graphics and advertisements for Zorlac Skateboards during the 80s and beginning of the 90s. Pushead was also an artist for the skateboard magazine Thrasher during the 80s and early 90s. His recent work includes a limited edition shoe released world wide by Nike SB on December 17, 2005. Pushead designed the shoes, the box, the tissue paper, the soles, and the tag on the shoes. His slightly more recent work includes a collaboration with Altamont Apparel. There were 3 t-shirts, in their Fall10 Collection.