Boston-born artist JB Snyder is no stranger to the creative spirit. By age 10 he was already dabbling with spray paint, but found his passion in the athletic art of rollerblading. By age 15, Snyder dedicated himself to becoming a professional skater. Traveling the United States, Snyder produced 3 films over 2 years, which were then picked up by Video Action Sports Distributing. From there, he followed an opportunity to continue his career and produce his videos in Los Angeles.
In 1998, Snyder moved across the country to begin his new life in fast-paced L.A. In addition to producing 2 more skate films, Snyder also edited and acted as a voice-over character in 52 episodes of Cosmo, a low-budget cartoon show. He met new people and made important connections in the 3 years that followed. In his spare time Synder traveled and began experimenting with other forms of artwork, ranging from second-hand acrylic paints on shopping bags to cans of Krylon on brick walls.
In 2001, Snyder escaped L.A. With the rollerblading industry in decline, the low-budget cartoon show not making any Saturday morning lineups, the traffic and an expensive city growing more pricey by the day, Snyder began to consider his options. Despite living near the ocean, having a fun job, smoking great weed on the daily and essentially “living the dream,” Snyder was fed up with the shady characters and competitive lifestyle in L.A. After seriously weighing his options, he decided to make the exodus. He packed up a U-Haul, said goodbye to the noisy, non-stop City of Sin, and traded it in for the City of Sun.