SHAWN DICKINSON ILLUSTRATIONS | SOCAL KUSTOM KULTURE KARTOONS

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“Ghost Rider” by Shawn Dickinson

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A product of SoCal, Shawn Dickinson grew up inspired by the surrounding counterculture of custom Hot Rods, Surfers, and the iconic art that was produced by the legends before him– you see the classic Rat Fink and Tiki influences that, in his hands, are at once timeless and fresh.  He got his chops as a cartoonist for the underground Untamed Highway, which was chock full of 1950’s Kustom Kulture. Dickinson went on to illustrate posters for Rockabilly and garage bands, not to mention numerous comic projects and commissioned works. 

I’m a big fan of the guy’s work.  As he describes it, Dickinson’s creations and medium are a throwback fusion of, “Imagery stylistically inspired by 1930’s cartoons (what I feel was the craziest era for cartoons), mixed with iconic imagery inspired by 1950’s & 1960’s rock n’ roll, cars, bikes, etc. (what I feel was the craziest era for all those things). And I still paint with watercolor and India ink.”  Love it.

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Shawn Dickinson featured in Car Kulture DeLuxe Magazine

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“Smooth” by Shawn Dickinson

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“The Inker” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Beyond the Watery Grave” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Bonemobile” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Skeleton Surfer” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Bad Neighborhood” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Tiki” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Spanish Beach Girl” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Spare” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Shitzles Der Cat” by Shawn Dickinson

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“Pass” by Shawn Dickinson

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See Shawn Dickinson’s work here

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2 thoughts on “SHAWN DICKINSON ILLUSTRATIONS | SOCAL KUSTOM KULTURE KARTOONS

  1. …So interesting to witness the re-birth of the 50’s/early 60’s counterculture art that was then considered silly kid stuff back then. Shawn’s work has that same movement and youthful energy that is at once innocent yet awkward. In today’s predictable world of automated art, the art of pen and ink is a rare treat. Love it. Gimme more!

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