Erik Brunetti

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Erik Brunetti
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Born (1967-05-05) May 5, 1967 (age 53)
Occupationartist, designer, director, curator, founder of clothing/lifestyle brand FUCT
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Emmelie Brunetti
WebsiteOfficial website

Erik Brunetti (born 5 May 1967) is an American artist, designer, director and founder of the lifestyle and clothing brand FUCT.


Erik Brunetti was born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, May 5, 1967. He is of German-Italian descent. He first started writing graffiti in the mid-1980s as DEN ONE.[1]

Brunetti's installation "Lost" was first exhibited in 1996 at OK Harris Gallery in New York City.[2] It was part of a solo exhibition, titled Adaption from lost animal poster flyers. Brunetti also exhibited his work in a 1998 group show titled Channel 3 at Team Gallery in New York alongside Tracey Emin, Jaime Levy and Pedro Ortuno.

Brunetti was invited to re-create this piece as part the 2011 MOCA Los Angeles Art In The Streets exhibitionby curators Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose.[3]

His first feature directorial work was The Doctrine, a series of short movies used as commercials for his brand FUCT, which he directed, produced and scored.[4] "The Doctrine, part II" features Esther De Jong.

Brunetti has been known for candidly discussing his intellectual and political views.[5] His most recent interviews depict his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States and other governments.[6]


In 1990, Brunetti launched his brand clothing brand FUCT, standing for "Friends U Can’t Trust." He repeatedly tried trademarking his brand but was unable to do so due to the U.S. government Patent and Trademark Office citing the Lanham Act, a federal statute that bars trademark protection for words that are deemed "scandalous."[7][8] In June 2019, the Supreme Court struck down the ban in the court case Iancu v. Brunetti, paving the way for a trademark.[9]

Record production[edit]

Brunetti played in the band Lucifer Wong with guitarist Patrick Sugg, bassist Steve Hanson, guitarist Antonio Ortiz and Drummer Stevie DRT. Brunetti produced the 2004 LP by garage rock band The Superbees under his record label, Sonic Fever Records.[10]


  • Adaption From Lost Animal Poster Flyers (OK Harris Gallery, 1996)[11]
  • Substitute Teenager (Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 1997)
  • Channel 3 (Team Gallery, 1998)
  • Art In The Streets (MOCA Los Angeles, 2011)
  • Erik Brunetti & Jesse Edwards (Vito Schnabel Gallery, 2014)[12]


  1. ^ Brunetti, Erik. "Copyright Record". Seravia.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Artoholic (12 March 2011). "Art In The Streets". Retrieved May 26, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Fuct: ERIK BRUNETTI / MOCA "ART IN THE STREETS" EXHIBITION". 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Brunetti, Erik. "The Doctrine - Vimeo". Vimeo. Retrieved 2010-05-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Danforth, Chris (December 16, 2011). "FUCT: 20 Years of Erik Brunetti". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved July 26, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Stein, Amelia (November 26, 2011). "Erik Brunetti". Heavy Mental. Archived from the original on November 26, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Supreme Court Dances Around The F-Word With Real Potential Financial Consequences". Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  8. ^ Nast, Condé. "How an O.G. Streetwear Brand Took a Free Speech Case All the Way to the Supreme Court". GQ. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  9. ^ "Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban On Trademarking 'Immoral,' 'Scandalous' Words, Symbols". Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  10. ^ "Sonic Fever Records". Discogs.
  11. ^ "Art in Context - O.K. Harris Works of Art > Exhibitions". Retrieved July 26, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Vito Schnabel and PM Tenore are pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Erik Brunetti and Jesse Edwards Retrieved June, 2019.

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