Late last year I was commissioned by Vagabond Co. to paint a custom skate deck which is now up for grabs in their Beneath the Skin magazine! To enter, all you need to do is visit their website here, pay the princely sum of $2 to download the mag, and then you’re free to enter the competition. The comp is open for worldwide entries so get reading!
You can even check out a movie of the making of it here:
I was also lucky enough to be granted an extensive interview for the mag, so keep your eyes peeled for some more Fieldey madness inside!
A smashing new skateboard I painted for Michelle, who contacted me via my website and commissioned this little ripper for her boyfriend’s birthday. Any guesses who the slightly debauched looking gentleman featured is?
I just wanted to take a moment on the beauteous Friday to ask: how freakin amazing is Sylvia Ji’s work? Stylish, simple and powerful no?
Visit her website to check out more: www.sylviaji.com
I spent the weekend before last feverishly painting these decks for a friend to be given as a wedding present. The brief was to create two skateboards for the happy couple based on a theme of piss-take “spirit animals” for each. I will say that researching this took me to some pretty strange places, where I discovered the hidden gem of Power Animals Unleashed. For the record this is apparently the song of the rhino, and this jaunty tune is the raccoon’s song… I suggest listening to them as you view the photos for complete audio visual immersion.
Fieldey is pleased to present to you lovely readers, the penultimate Lucky 27 skateboard triptych.
The boards feature three of the biggest ‘members’ of the infamous 27 Club – Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, who all died at the age of 27.
When I can up with the idea to paint these, I was all like hell yeah, it’s gonna be awesome, I can make them into zombies and there can be blood and stuff and… but once I started researching how they died and looking at a lot of reference photos, I started to really feel quite sad and decided to delve a little deeper into the other side of stardom… the side that leads talented people to either shoot themselves or to burn out with drugs and alcohol and how we as a culture deal with that – by turning them into paragons of talent, frozen in time and space and forever young, perpetuating the myth that you have to suffer for your art.
Each of the boards has ornate representations of the way they died (except Hendrix… because nobody wants a literal representation of that on their wall).
Kurt Cobain was a heroin addict and he committed suicide.
Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning.
And Jimi Hendrix combined red wine with loads of barbiturates and choked to death on his own vomit.
The reality is pretty grim, and leads us to ask ourselves if it is really better to burn out than to fade away?
Like pretty much every other teenager growing up in the 90’s I was obsessed with Kurt Cobain. I remember listening to Nirvana Unplugged when I was 17, long after he was gone, and you know, really feeling Kurt’s pain… it was like he spoke to my soul or something. Brilliance, I would sigh, sheer brilliance.
One of my favourite Kurt images was the iconic Rolling Stone cover where he is sporting a suit and oh so dreamy blue eyes – I remember slaving for hours over an exact rendition of that in oil pastels, trying to get his eyes just so. Would that I had it here to show you, it’d probably be good for a laugh.
Fast forward to now and I recently bought myself a small quiver of blank skateboard decks for some painting madness and decided to paint a sort of dead celebrity triumvirate – three of greatest members of the infamous 27 Club… Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix – all of whom met an untimely end at 27.
I got to re-visit my favourite Kurt Cobain image and slave away with a paint brush getting his eyes just so. Considering this is the first board where I have painted an actual portrait of an actual person, I think it’s a pretty good likeness of him, face paint, zombie nose and all.
I hope you like it – and don’t be tempted to scoot up the page and match my portrait with the original cover image… it’s all about making things look rad, not anatomically correct. That is the take home message here folks.
Stay excellent. Over and out.