Thursday, October 29, 2009


A new skateboard shop, Guilford Dairy Skate in Greensboro, NC, recently contacted me about doing some graphics. After learning about the building that houses the retail operation, a former neighborhood dairy bar, I immediately started researching the history of the now-defunct, Guilford Dairy Co-op. Fortunately, I was able to discover an assortment of vintage Guilford Dairy milk bottles, ice cream cartons and related items. Those objects, complete with their elegant and simple, 1950's era, agricultural-style branding, served as reference and inspiration for the graphic solutions above.

Thanks to shop owner/operator, Kevin Townsend, for tracking me down and giving me creative freedom on this project. Look for an limited edition series of boards and tees to be released by Guilford Dairy Skate sometime soon.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SK843 / The Art of Skateboarding

('s been two weeks since I blogged, so I am a little rusty. Bear with me here...)

Do you live in or around Dallas, Texas? Then you may to check out The Art of Skateboarding, a silent auction fundraiser featuring 200 unique, one-off skateboards. The event will benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and the Dallas Arts Community and is presented by Nomad Arts and Hype Skateboards.

Many thanks to former Pool local and fellow SK843'er, David Chaiken, for inviting me to participate. Above is my contribution and donation: a one-off, one-color on natural finish, SK843 deck.

For those of you who don't live in or around Dallas, no word on whether or not remote and/or online bidding will be available for the one night event....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Today, October 13th, would have been the 37th birthday of an old friend of mine, Jason Alan Roach. Jason was a Savannah local who was known to terrorize the Historic District of the city during all hours of the day or night. His agility and speed upon a skateboard was nothing less than amazing...his generous spirit and infectious smile was unforgettable, too.

His friends and family have started a non-profit charity in his memory, JAR Skateboards, which aims to bring skateboarding to at-risk youth. I have been doing what I can to contribute my time, designs, and archive of 35mm photography to support them and honor Jason. Above is a proposed poster design for JAR; a photo of Jason at Kevin Taylor's backyard ramp in 1990.

Happy Birthday, Roach!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

RIP Brendan Mullen

I received word this morning that Brendan Mullen, the soft-spoken Scotsman and the founder of the underground LA club, The Masque, has passed away. The Masque, which existed from roughly 1977-1979, debuted several notable bands including X, the Go-Go's, the Dickies, the Skulls, Controllers, the Bags, Eyes, the Deadbeats and many more. Other acts that were regulars at the basement venue were The Germs, The Weirdos, The Screamers, Dils, Zeros, and the Alleycats. (Above portrait courtesy of Swindle Magazine/Adam Wallacavage.)

Thankfully, Brendan's story has been recorded and preserved within the pages of Live at The Masque, Nightmare in Punk Alley, released in 2007 by Ginko Press and R77. In 2007, I had the good fortune to team up with Brendan on the design of the above screenprint, which used an assemblage of  his original, hand-drawn flyers that advertised upcoming gigs. It was a real honor to work with him and I am grateful to have had such an opportunity.

Rest well, Brendan. Read the LA Times obituary here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


In continuation of Hurley's 'Against the Grain' webisode series, this new episode shows the basics of making stencils.  The whole sequence was shot at my studio, improv style, starting only with a few tools and some photocopies. The entire design was performed in front of the camera, right as you see it, without any planning or additional takes/shooting. Many thanks to the Director, Greg Roman, for making it nice and coherent with our first 'How-To' on 'zines, earlier this summer...check it out.