Jason Alexander Cruz (born in 1974) is the lead singer and lyricist of punk band, Strung Out. He is also an artist, responsible for all of the artwork and design of Strung Out's album covers. His personal website showcases his various forms of original artwork (paintings as well as digital photography).
Jason's major influences include classic artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan. He has said that he was influenced by the melancholy melody of music that his mother used to listen to when he was growing up, "really bad, sad sounding music." The first concert he ever went to was Depeche Mode in 1986 when he was 13 years old.
Jason was briefly a tattoo artist. He worked in a now-defunct tattoo shop called Twizted By Dezign Studios in Los Angeles, CA for a short time, and has done several tattoos for his fellow bandmates in Strung Out.
In addition to being a song writer, musician, and artist, he has also published 3 original poems, which can be found in the collection entitled Revolution On Canvas: Poetry From The Indie Music Scene.