Monday, April 13, 2009
I always love it when people give me ideas for a painting, especially for a possible snowboard graphic. I have never seen the movie Breakfast at Tiffanys, but have seen the images of Audrey Hepburn from it and barrowed some to create a painting. I worked on probably ten versions before I got one that looked the way I wanted. During this time the presidential election thing was going on, and I think the people who gave Sarah Palin a makeover gave her the Audrey Hepburn look. Be Famous! The Fashion Click is for Everyone.
Posted by nicke at 5:47 PM
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields is from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of the Rings book three, The Return of the King. I am a huge fan of the Hobbit, and grew up seeing the cartoon many times . I wanted to do this painting forever, and I finally did in 1998 for Peter Saari. It is acrylic on masonite 4ftx8ft. Snowboarder Magazine's Mark Sullivan did an art page on me with this painting in it, and it was part of a show about board art in the Bellevue art museum. The battle princess was also used for a snowboard graphic.
Posted by nicke at 4:42 PM
I did the art for Lib Tech rider Joey McGuire's 1st model, and the theme was Washington apples giving credit to where Joey was from Wenatche. I tried to make the logo look like a baseball jersey font, and had it go from the tip of the board so you could read it if a regular footer was doing a backside air. Joey is regular footed.
Posted by nicke at 4:27 PM
I think Chris Owen, who worked for Morrow, got me hooked up doing this board graphic for Todd Richards. I met Todd a few times, and was stoked on his riding. I got ideas talking to him on the phone, and he said he liked monsters, so I tried to do some sort of skate-style monster graphic. I was excited to see Todd riding the board graphic in the 98 Japan Olympics, the first time snowboarding was allowed. I went to a sports bar to watch the halfpipe, and when they showed Todd's run I was not surprised to see him riding a board with his own art. I really wanted to see him win the halfpipe, but he did not. I wish he would have tried again in 02.
Posted by nicke at 3:59 PM
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I learned how to snowboard at Crystal Mountian,WA., and I worked-lived up there for a couple seasons. Crystal is mostly ridden by skiers, and I really tried to emmulate what they could do down the groomed slopes. I became infatuated with ski racers, and would call the young lady ones applebutts because they would bend over in the liftline, with there ski poles sticking there butts in the air. Everyone thought I did a drawing of Pecabo Street, but I used a picture of Hilary Lindh. The board in the picture tho is actually signed by Pecabo, who got a silver medal in Super G at the 94 Olympics. She won gold in the downhill at the 98 event.
Posted by nicke at 7:48 PM
Lib Tech used to produce these boards with one-offs, or art tops. Each one was different, and they took little time to do. Good-bye Jackson Pollack. I remember one being made that read "Free Gator Rogowski". This picture is of my acme board, and it has the best art top painting I ever did. It probably took me 1 minute to create. I try and create its effect in alot of my stuff, the colors are awesome, it reminds me of some sort-a candy-puke on the street.
Posted by nicke at 7:35 PM
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I try and give credit sometimes to the images barrowed for my paintings. There was this picture in Transworld of Victoria Jealouse(a Burton rider) doing this awesome carve, and I really wanted to paint it for a base graphic. With permission from Mike and Pete(the owners of Mervin), I decided to make the painting look obvious who the snowboarder was , and where it came from. It is a diorama the size of an actual board 160cm long. The top art is an abstracted version of world flags totally influenced by my experience doing the one-off art tops. Both paintings are acrylic on posterboard. To clear anykind of controversy, I sent memos to whom it may concern, Burton, Jon Foster(the photographer), and Victoria . I never heard from any of them, but later on I traded one of the boards to Victoria for one of her Freedom models.
Posted by nicke at 7:57 PM