Monday, March 20, 2006

Jim Phillips

I've posted about my cartoon influences quite a bit here, now it's time for a post about some one who had a large impact on me from outside the cartoon animation world. Until a few years ago I didn't even know that it was one person who guided the illustration and design of Santa Cruz Skateboards in the mid to late 80's. Jim Phillips had been working in the surf and skate scene before then, but it wasn't until his Santa Cruz work that I became familiar with his imagery.


His grotesque illustrations and wild custom type immediately resonated with my young adolescent brain. I found his demonic detailed artwork to be pure eye-candy. My skateboard, notebooks and schoolbooks were all plastered with Santa Cruz stickers. The fact that these stickers pissed off my parents, teachers and other authority figures was also appealing to my rebellious nature.


Vintage Santa Cruz Speed Wheels Shirt:


From the Rob Roskopp Series:



My own Roskopp Reissue with vintage Slime Balls wheels:


Check out the insanely detailed lettering on the wheel graphics:


I never felt like he skimped on the effort he put into his graphics. Everything was obsessively detailed and bold. The gross out factor has always appealed to me as well... I'm sure it's part of the reason I was also attracted to the disgusting close up paintings on Ren & Stimpy.


One of the non-satanic Jeff Grosso decks:


I highly recommend picking up his excellent book, Surf, Skate & Rock Art of Jim Phillips. It's filled with all the great stuff from his Santa Cruz days as well as his earlier and later works.

16 comments:

-Tracey (Aloe) Hansen said...

Wow. Seeing those graphics sure takes me back. Hey Bri, Great blog. I'm still a fan.

z0mbi said...

WOW! What a post! I was always a fan of his art as well, but never knew who the artist was until this very moment in time. Thank you for edumacating me!

Brian Romero said...

Hey Tracey! Send me an e-mail, I want to know what you're up to!

brian at brianromero dot com

WIL said...

Thanks for posting these, Brian.

I, too, am attracted by repulsiveness!

Are you into Marc Hansen's "Dr. Gorpon" or "Ralph Snart" comics?

Brian Romero said...

Wil, thanks for reminding me of Ralph Snart! I used to have a bunch of those comics back in Junior High and High School. I'm going to have to track those down now.

z0mbi said...

Yeah, I used to love Ralph Snart. I wish I still had those. those were the first comics to introduce blood, gore, and sex to me. It was all because of them that I started drawing disgusting things and hiding them under my mattress!

Vanoni! said...

Meeemories.

Gad, I loved that Roskopp stuff.
Thanks for the heads up on the book - I didn't know it existed.

WIL said...

DIG IT!

CarolineJarvis said...

This stuff's insane... pretty damn cool.

heri said...

wow!Brian you got a great blog here!

theKirkness said...

Jim Phillips was a huge inspiration to my art and i didnt even know it. All those years skating and destroying his artwork i so adored, despite the 1/2" thick rail guards I bought to protect the art that was one of the reasons i picked the decks i picked. I would draw the slasher and the screaming hand and Roskopp in like 4th grade. His work really helped me learn how to draw. I didnt even think about there being a person behind the great designs from back then.

I think skateboard art isnt what it used to be. its turning around, but I think too many skaters that think they can draw start companies and end up having shitty artwork.

anyway, nice blog, and thanks Jim.

CarolineJarvis said...

Check out http://bmacneil77.blogspot.com//

My buddy Brian MacNeil (amazing talent) did a scupture of this a while back. Check it out!

Brian Romero said...

Nice! Here's a link to the 'Screaming Hand' sculpture.

dirk brusselaers said...

hi brian, I'm a guy from belgium and I was searching for the skate art of jim phillips when I saw your blog. I'm looking for the art cuz I make stencils of them, but I don't find that much good material maybe you can help me
(and I hope I didn't wrote too much faults)

Brian Romero said...

Dirk, the best place to see most of Jim's work is in the book "Surf, Skate & Rock Art of Jim Phillips".

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