Russ Pope was born in Los Angeles in 1970, currently lives and works in New Hampshire.Russ Pope has been a skateboarder since age 5, and has never abandoned that world, he owns a skateboard brand today that is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary (Transportation Unit) and was the founder of Creature Skateboards. Russ has directed and executive produced many important skateboarding films through his years in the industry. He has deep roots in skateboardings aesthetic and history.Russ regularly designs for and collaborates with commercial partners. Most recently designing products and making illustrations for the likes of Disney, Cole Haan, K2 Ski corp, Major League Baseball, & Stance. Russ also is a regular contributor to Juxtapoz magazine writing about his travels andsharing drawings and photographs from his global journeys.
Russ has often taken the role of curator, whether building shows for himself with fellow artists at Shepard Fairey's gallery Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles or selecting artists for commercial opportunities in the skate, surf and fashion space. He exhibited at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2023.