Rick Griffin’s Iconic Surf and Rock Art Lives on with CALIFORNIA LOCOS Skateboards, Apparel, and Accessories
A limited collection of CALIFORNIA LOCOS x Rick Griffin numbered skateboards and accessories launches today 12/12/2022 at 11 a.m. PST. Curated by Creative Director Nano Nóbrega, this collection features high-performance street, retro, and cruiser skateboards, t-shirts, and surf ponchos. The skateboards are sold as completes or single decks. The single decks are treated as collectible pieces of art. With only 150 units produced of each style, these boards come with custom artist boxes, wall mount hangers by SK8OLOGY, and a certificate of authenticity signed by CALIFORNIA LOCOS Founder Dave Tourjé, Griffin’s wife, Ida Griffin, and Creative Director Nano Nóbrega. Legendary artist Rick Griffin profoundly influenced the parallel worlds of surf and rock impacting everything from graffiti to graphics to fine art. Griffin is considered an “Original Loco” and a true SoCal archetype. CALIFORNIA LOCOS is proud to present the Rick Griffin collection as a tribute to one of SoCal’s greatest.
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Rick Griffin’s Flying Eyeball, Backdoor, and Yowza! art is available on single decks. Built using North American hard rock maple and signature extra bond glue, these boards come in custom art boxes that include a wall mount to easily display them as a limited-edition masterpiece.
Inspired by the fine details of Rick Griffin’s intricate artwork are three retro board shapes, widely used back in the ‘80s while Griffin continued to create art for The Grateful Dead and newer bands like The Cult. The Tales from the Tube, Murphy, and Pacific Vibrations boards feature high-performance construction that is made to shred or be hung as memorabilia with its custom art boxes.
The CALIFORNIA LOCOS x Rick Griffin collection extends to high-performance street completes in the Surfing Eyeball and Monumental Eyeball decks. These completes come built with 7-ply, 100% North American hard rock maple. Each board features a unique square shape with medium concave and comes equipped with aircraft-grade aluminum hollow kingpin trucks that are both ultra-light and durable. The top of the board uses anti-bubble grip tape and features the signature LOCOS metal badge inlaid directly into the wood.
The CALIFORNIA LOCOS x Rick Griffin cruiser boards are packed with premium components and offered in the Backdoor Cruiser, Flying Eyeball, and Murphy Cruiser. Built for a ride down to the beach or wall display, the grade-A maple construction, single deck press, and extra-bound glue are made to last. These boards feature unique swirl-colored wheels, signature metal badges, and a bottle opener for long days cruising in the summer.
Ride in style through Rick Griffin’s timeless art with the exclusive addition of apparel. Yowza, Pacific Vibrations, and Flying Eyeball prints are available in vintage black. The Murphy and Tales from the Tube are available in off-white and the Surfing Eyeball comes in tie-dye. These US-made t-shirts are one-of-a-kind, made with LOCOS signature cotton, and go through a lengthy process of pre-washing to feature a unique, extra-soft feel, fit and finish to showcase these legendary prints.
Griffin’s most recognizable art pieces can be found on a one-of-a-kind canvas – 100% US-made oversized hoodies. Made with the same feel, fit and finish as the t-shirts, the Surfing Eyeball (tie-dye), Yowza (vintage black), and Flying Eyeball (vintage black) hoodies are made in Los Angeles, featuring a single needle stitch that gives each garment a unique vintage effect.
To round out the CALIFORNIA LOCOS x Rick Griffin collection is a series of surf ponchos to honor Griffin’s legacy in the surfing world. Lounge in the house in style or slip into comfort after an epic day catching waves at the beach with the Surfing Eyeball and Skulls ponchos. These plush surf ponchos were made in collaboration with SLOWTIDE featuring a kangaroo pocket, and extra-warm 100% sustainably sourced cotton.
RICK GRIFFIN’S LIFE AND LEGACY
Rick Griffin was born amidst the surfing culture of Southern California. While in high school, Griffin created many surfer drawings which led to the comic strip, “Murphy,” for Surfer Magazine in 1961. From the early “Murphy” to his abstract typography and comic renderings of the ‘70s, Griffin made waves in the worlds of surfing, rock, and art. He later designed the iconic surf film poster art for Five Summer Stories, Tales from the Tube, and more. In San Francisco, Griffin became a pioneering artist of the psychedelic rock poster era, making his mark as one of the leading designers during the ‘60s. In 1969, Griffin moved his family back to Southern California to work on the poster art for John Severson’s last surf movie, Pacific Vibrations, a film that captured pivotal moments in surf culture. Griffin’s work regularly appeared in Zap Comix. He created dozens of instant classics from the Grateful Dead’s best-known posters and album covers, to Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, The Cult, Jackson Browne, and more. Griffin designed the logo for Rolling Stone Magazine during the late ‘60s. Rick Griffin impacted the surf and rock worlds as an art legend and is considered an original SoCal and CALIFORNIA LOCO archetype.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA LOCOS:
CALIFORNIA LOCOS was founded in 2011 by L.A. artist Dave Tourjé when he called upon his best friends in art, Chaz Bojórquez, John Van Hamersveld, Norton Wisdom, and Gary Wong to form the multicultural group that reflected the L.A. subcultures of surf, skate, rock, graffiti, punk and fine art. To keep up with the CALIFORNIA LOCOS, connect with the brand at www.CaliforniaLocos.com and on Instagram: @californialocos