His distinctive style is deeply influenced by classic animation, underground comics, skateboarding and 1980′s video games. Over the years, Ledbetter has created an incredible cast of creatures used to anthropomorphize the human condition. With crisp bold lines and a vibrant palette, he mixes irony, social criticism and mischief making his work universal and unmistakable.
He earned a degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University in 2001, and despite his limited amount of formal art training, began his career as a graphic artist in the apparel industry. Working his way up from underground art shows, he’s been at his craft full-time since 2004 holding art exhibitions in over 10 countries, collaborating with top brands (Nike, Swatch, Sony Music, Kidrobot), exhibiting in museum shows (Andy Warhol Museum, MADRE Museum Italy, Bristol City Museum, Riverside Art Museum), sold work at Christie’s auction house in New York, and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine and Hi-Fructose Magazine. He is most known for his innovative and distinctive designer toys.
We are open to both licensing opportunities with other brands and starting from scratch to develop new projects like illustration, art installations, character design and product design.
Joe’s iconic aesthetic and up-beat style speak a universal language; transcending age, lifestyle and borders. Our goal is to bring positive cultural value to everyday objects and extraordinary events, making the world a better place one project at a time.
Please contact us to inquire about licensing opportunities or creating a new design project/collaboration.
Fun Fact / The King of the Deadbeets painting and toy are a wordplay based on Joe's distaste for beets.