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.
According to William Goldman, when he first wrote the script and sent it out for consideration, only one studio wanted to buy it, and that was with the proviso that the two lead characters did not flee to South America. When Goldman protested that that was what had happened, the studio head responded, “I don’t give a shit. All I know is John Wayne don’t run away.” Goldman rewrote the script, “didn’t change it more than a few pages, and subsequently found that every studio wanted it.”
William Goldman said that many young people saw the super posse in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ as a metaphor for the government and authority during the years of anti-war protests. He said his students said the similarity lay in the relentlessness by which both “would hunt you down.”
In 2019 Julien’s Auctions organized a ‘Grease’ auction. Among the 500 items offered-up for auction were the hot black leather jacket, and skin tight leather pants worn by ‘Sandy,’ in the legendary finale scene. Much of the proceeds were donated to the Olivia Newton-JohnCancer Research Institute, created by the actress herself as she has battled breast cancer since 1992. The total sale of those two pieces alone fetched $405,700 dollars, or about 360,000 euros. Spanx founder Sara Blakely bought the pants.
By age 17 Richard Norton was a karate black belt working security for nightclubs and serving as chief instructor to 500 karate schools nationwide. He landed a big job in the 1970s as security / bodyguard for The Rolling Stones during the band’s Australian tour and experienced his first brush with the demands of global celebrity. Norton trained with Mick Jagger in 4:00 a.m. workouts after concerts. His competency attracted a dazzling roster of other rock star clientèle including James Taylor, ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie and Linda Ronstadt, who invited him to California as her bodyguard. Before Aussies invaded Hollywood in posses, Norton ventured there alone.