"I feel like skateboarding is as much of a sport as a lifestyle, and an art form, so there's so much that that transcends in terms of music, fashion, and entertainment."
In my formative years, call it age 7-12, I was obsessed (not unlike many a youth) with skateboarding. I loved skateboard banners and anything from So-Cal that had to do with skateboarding.
I can remember getting my first Mark Gonzalez Neon Skate deck. It was pure fire! I added some trucks, and some slime ball wheels shortly after, and I was ready to roll. . .. Skateboarding consumed me until the later part of elementary. I can remember going to B-Dalton book stores and looking for the latest Thrasher mag. Or getting the latest skateboarding posters. Although I could Ollie high (a respectable 2 ft.) and could was slightly above average in a half pipe, the moves I saw in the Thrasher Mags were all pipe dreams. Looking at these dudes skating pools, doing crazy handplants and McTwists in Southern California was always elusive as I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. There weren't empty pools or even skateparks like there is today. We had to build our own ramps, that were maybe a click better than the ramp Pedro (Napoleon Dynamite) built for his sweet Huffy bike to "Take off Jumps!"
This was the era when Christian Hasoi and Tony Hawk would do battle regularly, and they even came out with a couple skateboarding movies. . . First came Thrashin' w/ Josh Brolin. Then later I can remember watching the Bones Brigade in the movie "Gleaming the Cube." Although I stopped skateboarding as I entered Middle School, the imagery and the memories always stuck with me. So, this was a fun piece to use the THRASHER logo in a Kitschy way.
I've always liked Warhol's work, and his use of Brands & logos. He used the Mobil Gas Pegasus more than a couple of times, so I thought it would be fun to have the Pegasus go toe to toe with the Toro Rojo. . . AKA Red Bull. There are multiple (colorful) outlines to give it a bit of a 3D, off set effect. The piece is a bit more painterly than I'm used to doing, and I really enjoyed that element. Taking an actual brush to canvas. It's quite the medley of imagery, peppered with a bit testosterone, hence "Adrenaline."
The mediums are Aerosol spray paint (Montana Gold) and Acrylic paint on 4X3 Foot Cradled Wood Panel.
I hope you Enjoy!
Animal Attraction is a mixed media by Surj which was uploaded on July 1st, 2017