Created by Atlantic City, New Jersey area natives Rene “June” Ortiz and John Morris, Blockhead Customs is a grass-roots art & apparel company with an abstract style and a strong Hip Hop / urban foundation. A chance meeting at the post office sparked a conversation between the two. They quickly realized that they both shared mutual friends in the Greater Atlantic City area, and more importantly, a mutual taste for urban art.
While this talented twosome typically showcases their work at the Noyes Arts Garage out of Stockton University, they’ve also been featured at Planet Rose Karaoke Bar at The Quarter within Tropicana Casino and Resort, and of course have a strong web presence and social media following. The Blockhead Customs brand consists mostly of murals and clothing apparel, including hats. The subjects of their paintings range from influential artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, to iconic sports figures such as Tyson, Ali, and Jordan, Hip Hop legends such as Tupac, Biggie, and Rick Ross, and of course, fabled cartoon star Mickey Mouse. A quick glance at the art samples on this post reveal an abstract, part-despondent, part-hopeful, and always colorful theme across their work. It’s a signature style that permeates Blockhead Customs’ murals and much of its apparel.
Along those lines, the company’s most recent push has been towards its “Love’ll Get You Killed” themed clothing. With its trademark broken heart logo, “Love’ll Get You Killed” apparel, particularly the hats, are building significant momentum in the Atlantic City area. As Morris notes, “we are not street artists or graffiti artists. We are just creative individuals. Today we may be doing art, tomorrow we may be in the fashion industry. Who knows?” One can see that both Ortiz and Morris have a passion for their work, and as such, promise to keep developing and delivering their vibrant, vivid, and unique style for years to come.
So if you’re not yet hip to the game, add some culture to your life and check them out. There’s sure to be something in their portfolio that catches your eyes or touches your soul. Blockhead Customs art & apparel are available for purchase at Blockheadcustoms.com. In true artist fashion, the duo doesn’t shy away from challenges and welcomes customized requests which can be made via the website. Be sure to check out Blockhead Customs on the web and to follow the movement on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram.
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