Influential California artist/muralist Teen Angel, real name David Holland, passed away on Sunday evening (March 29).
Details regarding his death, however, were unknown at press time.
“The Legendary and Iconic Artist TEEN ANGEL passed away this evening,” Teen Angels magazine wrote on Instagram. “No words can express the impact he has had on the Lowrider, Chicano and Tattoo Art Culture. Not known by many personally, he was truly an extraordinary man.”
Holland garnered a following for his personal art works throughout the 1980s, before eventually helping in the launch of his own magazine, carrying the “Teen Angels” moniker.
While production of the print magazine was eventually halted, originals copies are sought after by collectors, going for as much as $100 an issue on eBay.
Teen Angels returned in 2014 and a blog has since been launched.
Following news of Holland’s passing, many of his respected peers their condolences online.
“REST IN PEACE – MR. David Holland Aka Teen Angel,” famed photographer Estevan Oriol wrote on Instagram. “He is and will always be a huge legend and icon to Chicano Culture and Chicano Art. I only got about 30 of his magazines left, I’ll keep till I’m gone.”
🙏"REST in PEACE"🙏 The Legendary and Iconic Artist TEEN ANGEL passed away this evening. No words can express the impact he has had on the Lowrider, Chicano and Tattoo Art Culture. Not known by many personally, he was truly an extraordinary man. Never seeking personal fame or attention, his goal in life was only to bring happiness to those who saw his artwork. His work was often a memory of somewhere he had been or an experience he had in life, that he wanted to share with others. Up until his last days, he always had a pencil or paintbrush in his hands, struggling to do what he loved most in life, creating art. You will be missed My Friend, but Never Forgotten #RestInPeace #TeenAngel #Legend #Chicano #Lowrider #Artist #TattooArt