Jeff Soto - Influences

Influences

Soto received his first skateboard as a gift at the age of 9. It was an early introduction to skateboard graphics which were a significant influence. Early on, horror, science fiction, and fantasy movies and television were another influence, in particular Star Wars, Robotech, and Mtv. In college, Soto discovered and was inspired by artists such as Max Ernst, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Amedio Modigliani, Van Gogh and Paul Cadmus. More recent influences include Soto’s contemporaries- Dave Cooper, David Choe, Mario “Mars1” Martinez, the Clayton Brothers and Camille Rose Garcia.

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