Raised in Santa Fe by very traditional Spanish folks (think horses), he shuttled between Santa Fe, Oxnard, California, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as his dad was a Navy man. You can see influences from the places Salazar haunted as a young one in everything from his kawaii girls to Cali punkz to the brujas in New Mexico. He is a veritable smoothie of cultures, and a delicious one at that.
Salazar is one of those rare talents who morphed from inspired drawings to pop plastic jewelry (he ran the now-defunct Soft Museum with fellow artists Autumn Dawn and Max Sanders and garnered worldwide acclaim while still studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts) to painting and—drumroll—now a complete fashion line called Future Fantasy Delight. You can see burbles of manga mixed with ’80s video games and punk rock dusted with a taste of ’90's rave, all transformed into something unique and entirely Salazar. It even caught the attention of the Meow Wolf folks, who have funded his line; MW rocks the business end and Salazar has complete creative control. Everything is done in stoic black and white, and though the palette is simple and the line is sharp, the artwork itself is a drippy-dreamy psychedelic stew and features everything from leggings, pins, tote bags and nail decals to t-shirts and, coming soon, jumpsuits and bikinis!