Crash (John Matos)
Regarded as a pioneer of the Graffiti art movement, Crash started spray-painting New York City trains at age 13. He was first noticed through his murals on subway cars and old buildings. His work conveys a visual link between street life and established society. By the ’80s, Crash had exhibits across the United States and abroad.
In 1996, he painted an Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster and gave it to the artist as a gift. Eric Clapton went on to use the specially designed guitar through his 2001 tour. In total Crash has created 3 guitars for Eric Clapton, one which auctioned for $321,100. Soon after Fender Musical Instruments commissioned the creation of 50 such graffiti designed guitars from Crash and named the line “Crashocasters.” Other artists such as John Mayer have used them.