I've managed to accumulate a variety of surf posters over the last few years, and finally got around to getting 'em framed for the Swellnet office. Plus some nice prints too (image below shows about half of 'em). Couple of classic daybills in the mix!
Sick. Always dig a classic poster.
Of any kind. Surf, skate, film, band.
Yeah got a few band posters in the office too. This one's five feet high! Great memories from that show too.. we were the only local band to share the main stage with the big OS names, so it was a spinout seeing Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys in the adjoining band rooms.
We’ve just got one commercial surfing poster :
The surfshot has got to be the least flattering photo ever taken of the talented and beautiful Lisa Anderson . She looks like she’s blowing up a balloon . Someone in the Quiksilver art department must have hated her.
I've got some old classics in the shed, a Ramones '89 tour poster designed by Mambo's Richard Allan, the first Pro Junior poster with Mickey Mouse in the barrel, tonnes of comp posters, Occy doing a flyaway air in an '84 Peak poster ("You don't have to sacrifice warm for flexibility"), but none of those are allowed inside. In fact, the only surf image that's been allowed in the house is a very large framed photo of a Ray Collins shot, and even that was recently swapped out without asking. In it's place appeared a framed picture of bees that are native to New South Wales.
You’ve got to reclaim your turf.
Frame an extreme close up of your scrotum and let unknowing dinner guests ponder over your love of abstract art.
The surf shots will soon be back.
I remember that Summersault show Ben. Alternative to the BDO. Sonic Youth were awesome and the Beastie Boys went "on and on". Golden Sounds nearly went broke with that one,they later morphed into Modular.
That reminds me, i have some Frank Kozik band posters/prints stashed somewhere, i will have to dig them up.
This is my pride and joy - it's about 5ft high.
Compact Disc, Cassette AND Record! The trifecta.
Haha, right at that nexus.
Miles is in my bedroom, larger than life and looking kinda intense - I'm still not sure what the girlfriends think of it.
Some might argue it's a bit OTT, off-putting, even.
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How good's this from Zen..
And it's signed!
That's way better than the native bees of New South Wales.
Christ Stu, they're only human.
signed by the shaper and the surfer and an iconic pic to boot.
if i could get Tom Servais to sign it, that would be the cherry.
Way cool Zen.
Tom Curren was my fave Yankee natural footer back in the day. So smooth and powerful.
Etched in my memory is short video snippet from an old surf movie (?) where from the water angle TC pulls in way out.
In slowmo it seemed forever as the 6ft top to bottom wave eventually barelled over the camera, and there was Curren way back (way way) in the deep dark sub cockles getting tubed off his chops.
Tom Curren is the fucken shit.
Only photo I ever got with a surfing icon, even by serendipitous accident really, was with him. Tempted to chuck it on, but it contains my head.
What a natural genius of a waterman.
As for posters, there was a shop in Amsterdam that was the mecca for all things cinematic. Still got relatively weird and obscure posters from there to this day.
Damn i can't find my Frank Kozik band posters/prints :( god knows where they are.
I did find a proper nautical map of Enganno (Sumatra) though, id forgot i even had, as about ten years ago, i was planning to go out there and spend some proper time checking it out, but never did as got distracted by other islands.
Anyway, how i got the map is a bit of a story, i was staying with my Indo mate in Jakarta, he had to work, so while he did, i went off on a mission to find this place (an Address) i found online about three pages back on google that sold proper nautical maps.
Anyway was a mission to get to this place, and when i did it wasn't a shop but, just a house, once there i explained to the guy what i was after, and then we hopped on his motorbike and drove to the the port area of Jakarta about 20 minutes away, then we then went to like a Navy area like you see in the movies full security etc., down hallways to like this big office area with lots of important navy looking dudes.
He did some talking and next minute all these nautical maps of Indonesia came out, should have got more, but just grabbed the Enggano one expecting it to be real expensive.
From memory to was only about $20 or so (much cheaper than i expected), i paid and then we left, then he took me on the his motorbike to find a bus back to where my friend lives about an hour or so away.
I didn't know what the deal was and was expecting to have to pay him some crazy amount of money, and should have asked up front what the deal was, but just really wanted that map and was on a mission so $$$ wasnt that important.
Anyway, he never asked for money, so just before the bus departed, i thanked him for all his help and asked what i owed him but he basically said nothing, so i offered him a few hundred thousand (like $20) basically trying to put the cash in his hand to give it to him, but he wouldn't take it?
So it was a weird experience this guy spent all this time helping me get a map, even took me on his motorbike, but didnt want my money for his help?
I guess maybe he got a commission on the map or something?
A lot of guys out there are obviously into collecting anything that you can surf, but for me its posters...surf, beach, gig etc....almost anything. So now Ive got hundreds. Enough to write a book about. Oh, sorry- already done that.
Cool. What's the book? Title is enough info for me or even an ISBN if you wanna be totally incognito on here.
What about this guy?
Factotum, For gig posters...see if you can find 'Plastered- The Poster Art of Australian Popular Music.' and for surf/beach/pop, get your hands on 'Surforama'.
If I knew just how to do it, I'd post some samples on this page, but it don't seem to work.
ben Brown is one of this country's most respected contemporary poster designers...if you can find any of his gig or surf posters ..especially the Nirvana Aust Tour poster...grab them!
Yeah, got Surf-o-Rama. Cool book. Will track down that other one. Cheers.