Joe Castrucci is one of the most influential visual artists working in skateboarding today. The list of his accomplishments is long and varied, whether through his initial filming and design work with Alien Workshop or, later, with the establishment of Habitat, his own fully formed brand vision.
Films such as Photosynthesis, the film Castrucci made for Alien Workshop in 2000, and Mosaic from 2003, changed the skate film landscape. “What Joe did with these videos is the number one reason I picked up a camera and began editing in the first place”, says Chris Mulhern who put together a two-part Berrics documentary on Joe’s work.
It’s the same story with Habitat, a brand that occupies it’s own unique place in the skate universe. And now Joe’s prints and artwork is proving to be as singular and inventive. We were stoked to get the chance to speak to him about his work and approach.
Hi Joe, tell us a little about how and when you first became interested in art and design?
I always drew and made home videos. I spent most of my school days doodling. So as soon as I could get out of conventional school I went to vocational school for commercial art. This was pre computer. We learned all the old school techniques. Then as soon as I could I bought a Mac for design and editing.