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Drew Brophy painting the Los Cabos Open of Surfing Surfboard

Painting the Los Cabos Open of Surfing Surfboard

This is an excerpt from a Drew Brophy interview with SurfCareers.com – to read the entire article go to:  Drew Brophy Surf Careers Interview

When did you start surfing?
I was about four or five years old.

What is it that you love about surfing?
It’s just me and nature, and the energy of the earth.

Do you have a session that stands out as your most memorable?
Hard to choose. I’ve surfed all of the best waves in the world, I have great memories of all of them.

When did you first get into art and did you always want to pursue it as a career?
I used to draw on the walls when I was a child. I drew on everything. I just did what I did best. Surfing and art were my passions, and that’s where I put my focus.

How did you find your niche in surfboard art?
I love to surf, and I always painted my own surfboards.  People started asking me to paint theirs. In the late 80’s, I was painting my own surfboards using techniques with Uni Posca Paint Pens that no one else was doing or cared about at the time. I developed my own style of painting with Poscas, and I knew it was the better way to paint surfboards. It took years before others caught on. I never gave up on my vision, though it did not come easy. Early on, I painted production boards, traditional airbrush style, for H2O glassing and Kelly Richards’ Perfection Surfboards, in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Then I moved to Hawaii, airbrushing surfboards at Bill Barnfield’s Pro Glass in Haleiwa on the North Shore for the best surfers and shapers in the world.  Brands like Channel IslandsRusty and Brewer and surfers like Tom Curren and Tom Carroll.  This was a big jump for me, coming from South Carolina. I was in the thick of the industry, and I was in my early 20’s.

But, what I really wanted to do was paint surfboards using my own style and paint pen techniques, but none of the companies would let me.  The local underground chargers on the North Shore wanted it, but the companies held it back. While in Hawaii, I had approached all the best surfboard companies, asking if I could paint their boards using Poscas. No one would let me, my art was too radical. I was turned down by T & CLocal Motion, all the big companies at that time. Nobody cared about what I was doing.

Eventually I moved to California, painting at Ron House’s Surf Glass in San Juan Capistrano.  There, StewartHobie and Harboursurfboards, among others, were being made.  At that time, it was the busiest surfboard factory in the world; it ran 24 hours a day. For a surfboard painter, this was a dream job.  There was always plenty of work.  But I still wanted to paint using my own style, so I continued to seek out other surfboard companies to let me paint my way.  I approached Spyder Surfboards, one of the biggest brands at the time, and just like the companies in Hawaii, they didn’t get what I wanted to do and told me “no”.

One day, on my bike ride home from Surf Glass, I stopped to meet artist Matt Biolos, an edgy, up and coming surfboard shaper.  We were the same age, and his art was really cool.  He was the only person I had seen who was painting with the Poscas, the same as me. He made surfboards for all the young guys.  My art was a perfect match for the vibe of …Lost Surfboards at the time. Matt got it!  I started painting …Lost surfboards that day.  Matt would let me paint whatever I wanted.  I would paint ten boards traditional style at Surf Glass, and then at the end of the day I’d go to …Lost where Matt would have surfboards waiting for me, and I’d paint them in my own style.They were an instant hit with the new breed of surfers. Within six months, my art and …Lost Surfboards began to take over the surf market.  That was 1996.  And the rest is history.  Surfboards were changed forever.

Do you recall when your pieces first started receiving widespread response?
Yes, it was in the late 1990’s, when I started painting, live, at the surf trade shows.  …Lost would exhibit at Surf Expo and other shows. The surfboards were never finished in time before the show for me to paint them.  So my solution was for me to paint, live, at the shows.  What surprised me was ……

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE:  http://surfcareers.com/blog/drew-brophy-artist/

Son of the Sea announces Buff® USA’s partnership with surf lifestyle artist Drew Brophy for bright, colorDrew Brophy SUNSET SESSIONS Art for Buff USA 2015 Collectionful BUFF® products.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 (Press Release) – July 31, 2014 – BUFF® Inc., the headwear company long known for its seamless multifunctional headwear, has signed a partnership with surf lifestyle artist Drew Brophy for their Spring 2015 Collection of UV BUFF® headwear and Sports Series Water 2 gloves.

For more than 25 years, Drew Brophy’s colorful surf art has been featured in hundreds of print media and television shows, and emblazoned on numerous products, including Converse Shoes, Sigg water bottles and Liquid Force Wakeboards.  Brophy currently licenses his art to over thirty companies.

Brophy’s art career began as a young surfer, painting his edgy art onto surfboards.  He became known for painting surfboards using techniques that he developed with water-based paint pens, eventually changing the way that surfboards were painted worldwide.

Now, Brophy’s distinctive surfing art style will be enjoyed during any outdoor sport, on Buff® headwear and sports gloves.

As an avid waterman and adventurer, I was stoked to be able to partner up with Buff® Inc.  Their headwear is a necessity when I’m paddling long distances or hiking.  Their reputation for quality makes me proud to contribute to their spring 2015 collection,” Brophy says.

The new Buff® collection will be shown at Salt Lake City’s Outdoor Retailer Show in August 2014, booth number 28031.

About Son of the of the Sea, Inc:  Son of the Sea is an art licensing agency which represents Drew Brophy and is Master Licensor for all Drew Brophy Properties.  For more information, visit http://www.drewbrophy.com.

About BUFF®:  Buff USA is a subsidiary of Original Buff®, SA Spain, and established its U.S. presence in 2003. Original Buff® now distributes products in more than 60 countries. Buff® performance headwear is all about versatility and simplicity – one garment serves many functions and is designed to offer technical performance and protection from the elements during a wide range of outdoor activities and sports. Watch how-to-wear demo videos online at www.buffusa.com.

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Drew Brophy Surfing Todos Santos Photo by Lonnie Ryan Excerpt from interview:

“I started looking into art schools, but I couldn’t get the money together. With no other way out, I said, ‘that’s it, I’m going to go surf these waves’.

That set me on my path of a kind of stubbornness to spite the system that let me down.  I had no other alternative. I asked myself, ‘If I died today, what would I have been bummed to not have done? “

I feel honored to be interviewed by the well known “outdoors gear” guide, GearJunkie.com, this week.

 

The interview was focused on how I built a lifestyle around my art that allows me to travel and adventure around the word.

We talked about how surfing big waves at Puerto Escondido lead to my art career in the early days;

and how people think we’re rich when they see my family and I travel several months out of the year;

and a lot more.

Check out the article here:  BRIDGING ART & ADVENTURE 14 QUESTIONS WITH DREW BROPHY.

I hope you enjoy it.

Life is Good,

Drew

Drew Brophy and painted skateboard deck with posca paint pens photo by Scott Smallin 2014

A long time ago I understood that I bear some responsibility for what I put out into the world.

POSCA LIFE CUSTOM did an interview with me.

They referred to me as the “Godfather of Surf Art” – which is a huge compliment, but I don’t agree.  Many great artists in surf came before me; there’s a toss up between who could claim that title (Rick Griffin, Bill Ogden, etc.)

They asked very good questions, ones that I don’t usually get, like:

“I read somewhere that you weren’t into the Surf Industry Club…” and “Do you think surf culture needs more artists?” and “You have a lot of eyes on you…“.

Below are a few questions from the interview.  To read the entire thing, go to their webpage here:  Drew Brophy Posca Life Interview 

Posca Life:  * Do you remember your first drawings on surfboard?

I painted my first surfboard when I was 4 or 5 years old, with crayons. I wrote my name on it.* You are from South Carolina, is there a surf culture there?

* You are from South Carolina, is there a surf culture there?

Yes, there was a surf culture there. South Carolina was a great place to grow up. The water in the summer is 85 degrees (F) and the small waves were perfect for learning how to surf. I was lucky there were a lot of nice people surfing, and there were a few small surf shops.

* You are a surfer first, and you traveled a lot, it has been inspiration for your art?

I feel lucky being a surfer, because surfing has taken me to some of the most remote places in the world.  Not many people get to go to these places. The travel absolutely inspires my art. There is something great and beautiful about every place; they are all great.

* A lot of people got eyes on you…

I’m always amazed that people know who I am. I’m not sure if it’s the art or my lifestyle, or just being authentic. 

A long time ago I understood that I bear some responsibility for what I put out into the world. 

Everyone does. Knowing that I’m being watched makes me want to contribute in a positive way. I try to help people as much as I can, to encourage young people to know that they can create a good life for themselves.

* You are dedicated in your job and family, what could be your next achievement?

I just want to chase big waves around the world. I want to ride them. I want to tell stories about them and the people I rode them with. I want to spend time with the locals at each place and learn all about them. Ireland is the next place I want to go.

To read the rest of this interview, go to:  http://www.posca-life-custom.com/article/drew-brophy-interview