June 2024 Centerfold by Mark Mothersbaugh

Collage of Mark Mothersbaugh’s art: From The Postcard Diaries & Myopia: Mark Mothersbaugh (2014)

By Mark Mothersbaugh
Published as the Centerfold of Issue 126, June 2024

Mark Mothersbaugh is one of this era’s most unique and prolific composers. Deeply aware of the ability of precise, multi-faceted artistic expression to deliver vital social commentary, he has perpetually challenged and redefined musical and visual boundaries. Mothersbaugh co-founded influential rock group DEVO, and then parlayed his avant-garde musical background into a leading role in the world of scoring for filmed and animated entertainment, interactive media and commercials.

From the Postcard Diaries by Mark Mothersbaugh, Originally published in Issue 083, November 2020
Mark-Mothersbaugh,-Untitled,-May-1,-2003,-ink-on-vintage-postcard_GRASSHOPPER by Zac Dunn | Art by Mark Mothersbaugh & Daniel Whittington
Untitled, May 1, 2003, ink on vintage postcard by Mark Mothersbaugh | Originally Published in Issue 099, March 2022

As an award winning composer, his credits include Moonrise Kingdom, 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Enlightened, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and the hugely successful Rugrats television, stage and film franchise.

MarkMothersbaugh_Untitled,February6,2004_096_BirdyMagazine_My Existential Doctor Herb, Part 17 By Brian Polk
Untitled, February 6, 2004 by Mark Mothersbaugh | Originally Published in Issue 096, December 2021
Diary page by Mark Mothersbaugh from Myopia: Mark Mothersbaugh (2014)
Diary page by Mark Mothersbaugh from Myopia: Mark Mothersbaugh (2014)


Through his multimedia company, Mutato Muzika, Mark has scored hundreds of commercials. Mothersbaugh received the BMI Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement at the organization’s 2004 Film/TV Awards. He can currently be seen as the art teacher on the hit television series, Yo Gabba Gabba!

Last Day At Abbey Road by Mark Mothersbaugh | Photo taken by Mark Mothersbaugh at Abbey Road Studio in London showcasing his art on top of Dylan Fowler’s Issue 052, April 2018 Front Cover: Growth | Postcard printed as the Front Cover of Issue 053, May 2018

Check out Mark’s May install, Booji Boy holding DEVO’s first 7″ Vinyl Single, or head to our Explore section to see more by this talented creative.