Photo: © Kevin Scanlon Used with permission.Punk Art Sur­re­al­ist Win­ston Smith first became famous for pro­duc­ing art for punk leg­ends Dead Kennedys, and is known by wider audi­ences for his cov­ers for Green Day and pub­li­ca­tions such as The New Yorker,  Play­boy, Spin, etc.

Win­ston has designed over 50 record cov­ers and most recently col­lab­o­rated with blues-rock record­ing artist Ben Harper for Harper’s album “White Lies for Dark Times” with band Relent­less 7 (Virgin).

This page con­tains Winston’s com­plete, extended resume — includ­ing illus­tra­tion, exhi­bi­tions and film and video.



Dead Kennedys Logo.  © Winston Smith "Idol"  Cover Art for Dead Kennedys' "In God We Trust, Inc."  © Winston Smith.



Posters & Flyers


Film & Video


What always struck me about Winston’s work is his abil­ity to make a pro­found com­ment purely by reshuf­fling found images in a way that is both humor­ous and pointed. Winston’s recent work is more beau­ti­ful than ever mak­ing his visual puns that are harsh indict­ments of the Amer­i­can Dream as an ideal even more jar­ring.”  –Shep­ard Fairey






Mag­a­zine Cover Illustrations

  • LA Weekly (July 2004)
  • Inter­nazionale (March 2003)
  • New Stand­points (May 2000)
  • The New Yorker (April 2000)
  • Red Her­ring (June 2000)
  • The New Yorker (August 1999)
  • Flip­side (June 1999)
  • Hit List (April 1999)
  • Max­i­mum Rock’n’Roll (Sep­tem­ber 1985)
  • Max­i­mum Rock’n’Roll (April 1984)
  • San Jose Metro (mul­ti­ple issues)


Mag­a­zine Con­tent Illustrations


  • Vice Mag­a­zine (June 2012)
  • Play­boy (March 2007)
  • Play­boy (Jan­u­ary 2000)
  • Play­boy (Octo­ber 1999)
  • Play­boy (March 1999)
  • Play­boy (Jan­u­ary 1999)
  • exclu­sive Spin illus­tra­tor for poli­cal opin­ion page: Top­spin (1995 — 1997)
  • Spin (May 1997)
  • Spin (April 1997)
  • Spin (March 1997)
  • Spin (Jan­u­ary 1997)
  • Spin (Decem­ber 1996)
  • Spin (Novem­ber 1996)
  • Spin (Octo­ber 1996)
  • Spin (Sep­tem­ber 1996)
  • Spin (August 1996)
  • Spin (July 1996)
  • Spin (June 1996)
  • Spin (March 1996)
  • Spin (Novem­ber 1995)
  • Red Her­ring (July 2000)
  • The Atlantic Monthly (Jan­u­ary 2000)
  • and many other mag­a­zines includ­ing: LA Weekly, Busi­ness Week, National Lam­poon, The Pro­gres­sive, Amaz­ing Sto­ries, Utne Reader, Mother Jones, Sec­onds, The Nose, Arg­onaut, Whole Earth Review, NME, SF Bay Guardian, Archi­tec­tural Digest…



Book Illus­tra­tions


  • Abnor­mal Psy­chol­ogy, Lead­ing Researcher Per­spec­tives (McGraw Hill, Aus­tralia, 2008) cover
  • Emily the Strange #4The Rock Issue (Dark Horse, 2007) contributor
  • Greg Palast’s New York Times Best Seller Armed Mad­house (Dut­ton Adult, 2006) cover
  • The Bush Agenda, Anto­nia Juhasz UK Release (Duck­worth Pub­lish­ers, 2006) cover
  • Gang­ster Cap­i­tal­ism, Michael Wood­i­wiss (Basic Books, 2005) cover
  • The Best Democ­racy Money Can Buy, Greg Palast (Plume, 2004) inside
  • The Thresher, The Sec­ond One (Altar Inc., 2002) cover
  • The Thresher, Flail­ing at Cur­rent Events (Altar Inc., 2001) cover


Logo Design


  • Dead Kennedys
  • Alter­na­tive Tentacles
  • Motema
  • Quin­tain
  • Order of the White Rose
  • Exe­cu­tioner




Posters and Flyers


Band Posters

  • Moon­al­ice - Auburn Events Cen­ter, Auburn CA (April 21, 2012)
  • Primus - Mary­moor Park, Red­mond WA (June 14, 2012)

Bill Gra­ham Presents Con­cert Posters

  • Ben HarperFill­more, SF
  • Gomez — Fill­more, SF (Feb­ru­ary 18, 2000)
  • Rage Against the Machine - Fill­more, SF (Novem­ber 19, 1999)
  • Mar­garet Cho — Warfield, SF (Novem­ber 13, 1999)
  • Soul Cough­ing — Fill­more, SF (Novem­ber 10, 1996)
  • Les Clay­pool — Fill­more, SF (Sep­tem­ber 27, 1996)
  • Paul West­er­berg — Fill­more, SF (Sep­tem­ber 13, 1996)
  • Goo Goo DollsFill­more, SF (July 18, 1996)
  • Porno for PyrosFill­more, SF (June 18, 1996)

Band Fly­ers





Winston Smith Books


Win­ston Smith Books

pub­lished by Last Gasp, San Fran­cisco, CA


All Riot on the West­ern Front

The Mon­tage Art of Win­ston Smith Vol­ume 3 (2004)


The Mon­tage Art of Win­ston Smith Vol­ume 2 (1999)

Act Like Nothing’s Wrong

The Mon­tage Art of Win­ston Smith Vol­ume 1 (1994)




Arti­cles, Inter­views and Art Also Fea­tured in:


  • 22 Idols: Win­ston Smith and Kosuke Kawa­mura — Erect Lab, 2011
  • Erect Mag­a­zine, Tokyo (14-Page Spread), 2010
  • Paper Mag­a­zine: The Art Issue, Novem­ber 2010
  • La Repub­blica XL, Italy (4-Page Spread, by Lorenza Biasi), 2010
  • Obey: Sup­ply and Demand: The Art of Shep­ard Fairey — Gingko Press, 2009
  • The Art of Emily the Strange (Intro­duc­tion), Rob Reger — Dark Horse, 2009
  • Gimme Some­thing Bet­ter: The Pro­found, Progressive…History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day, Jack Boul­ware — Pen­guin, 2009
  • Green Day: Rebels with a Cause, Gillian G. Gaar — Omnibus Press, 2007
  • Punk is Dead Punk is Every­thing, Brian Ray Tur­cotte — Gingko Press, 2007
  • Sci-Fi West­ern Show: Cat­a­log (Last Gasp, 2002)
  • Amer­i­can Hard­core: A Tribal His­tory, Steven Blush — Feral House, 2001
  • Fucked Up + Pho­to­copied: Instant Art of the Punk Rock Move­ment, Brian Ray Tur­cotte — Gingko Press, 1999
  • Street Art: The Punk Poster in San Fran­cisco, Peter Bel­sito — Last Gasp, 1981



Film and Video

Vinyl­ma­nia: The Film — Him­self  (in post-production, expected release 2011)

Amer­i­can Arti­fact: The Rise of Amer­i­can Rock Poster Art — Him­self (2009)

Amer­i­can Hard­core: The His­tory of Punk Rock 1980–1986 — Him­self (2006)

Green Day: Stuck with Me music video — Art by Win­ston; Directed by Mark Kohr (2005)

If there were a job title called ‘Mas­ter of the Con­flu­ence of Par­al­lel Real­i­ties,’ Win­ston Smith would fit the bill.  Each piece of his work is a ‘samiz­dat’ sub­sti­tute that is plau­si­ble out­side of its own con­text.  He but­ters his bread on three sides every day and twice on Sun­days.“
– George DiCaprio


Con­tact us.  Win­ston pro­duces cus­tom com­mis­sions, posters and album art.  A selec­tion of orig­i­nals from 1977 to the present are avail­able to seri­ous col­lec­tors.