American, born 1973, Akron, Ohio;
Lives Silver Lake, Ohio
“Skateboarding has always been a constant in the things I do and make,” says artist and zine-creator Jay Croft. Influenced by skateboarding and Do It Yourself culture, Croft’s illustrations have graced skateboard decks, his zine Street Canoe, a mural at Chill Ice Cream in Akron, and the walls of the Akron Art Museum in the 2017 exhibition Please Touch.
Croft’s passion for skateboarding and art helped him cultivate a career as a visual merchandiser for the shoe and apparel company Vans. “I have always tried to go against the grain. Not in a rebellious way, but in a way that I could make it my own. I never wanted to be like anyone else. Not for the sake of being different, but for the sake of being true to myself,” concludes Croft.
If you like Cat Lover, check out Jay Croft’s print Don't Worry We Can Still Be Friends (2012) at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library. To learn more about Jay Croft’s work, visit: streetcanoe.com or follow on Instagram @streetcanoe