Serial killers are BORN...not made. They are compelled by an irrepressible and driving force to do what they do, just as some artists are compelled to create. For the notorious Jeff Gaither, art is far beyond a talent or hobby, it is a means of sanity and SURVIVAL. For over 30 years, Gaither's prolific works have roused audiences all over the world with the distinctive and artistic fusion of horror, rock 'n roll and demented fantasy that he has become so well known for. Born in 1960 and "hell-raised" in Louisville, Kentucky, art was just a part of daily life for Jeff Gaither. Living a life that didn't involve art simply was not an option. Gaither's mother, LaDonna, and his Aunt Linda were both always drawing, painting, or involved in theater or other art in some form or fashion. As for his frightening fetish for horror, Jeff blames that all on his aunt, who in his youth bought him copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland and took him to movies like The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead. Most people find it remarkable when they learn that Gaither is actually completely self taught.
Nationally and internationally known as a "legend among underground artists", it's highly likely you've seen Jeff Gaither's work. His art has graced the covers of hundreds of records and CD's, band shirts and merchandise, magazine covers, gig posters, and so much more. Gaither has done work for national and internationally known bands and personalities such as: The Misfits, Guns-N-Roses, GG Allin, Municipal Waste, Testament, The Undead, Hirax, The Accused, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, The Murder Junkies, Hare Krishna Zombie (Dawn of the Dead) and many more. Nationally you may have seen magazine and publications boasting Gaithers' work in such titles as: The Leo Weekly, Velocity, Louisville Music News, Wired and annual posters for The Forecastle Festival, The Kentucky Psychological Association's "Heads-Up" exhibit or for the St. James Art Show poster and more.
Jeff has even worked under the legendary Ed"Big Daddy" Roth" creating shirts and comics for him back in the 80's. Gaither's art appears worldwide on posters, prints, skateboards, glassware, stickers, magazines, book covers . . . the list does, and will, go on
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Some of the places, bands and zines you may have seen Gaither art.