There's some art shows that I'm getting involved in that are getting me pretty excited.'There is no surf in england' is going to be showing homegrown talent from the UK. Event's like this don't happen too often in the UK so it should be a stunner. Super bonus is that Neil Halstead (from Mojave 3) will be playing.
The 'Il Santos Surfart Festival' is going to be awesome. Only in it's second year it's got some of the best surf related artists around and I'm honored to be representing Europe. Plus check out that sight for sore eyes, beauty of a poster by Nat Russell! The festival has a blog which you can check out if you can't make it to Brazil.
Surf Photographer Ryan Tatar and the seamouse are working on a collaborative project which should be shown at Shelter at the end of next month. 'one over two' is a series of images of cross processed photographs that appear to have been cut off... but were so taken purposely. The second "half" is being illustrated by the seamouse. The result will be "half photograph" and "half drawing". A sneaky working sketch 'leaked' above.
For the last two weeks I've been lucky enough to have iritis, an inflammation of the iris in my left eye. Symptoms are a red eye, sensitivity to light, a 'toothache' like pain in the eye and blurring of vision making close work like reading (or more importantly for me drawing) difficult.
Another birthday rolls around for the Seamouse and to celebrate Pinniped Studios is giving away a 1 of 100 signed Uber T-Shirt. Just post a comment stating what style and size you're after (small knight surf sold out) and one lucky poster will be chosen at random.
They're all mens T-Shirts so if your female why not try to win one for the surfer boy you have a crush on/Boyfriend/ Husband/ Stalker. The winner will be chosen on the 17th of august with the result posted here.
Dain Thomas from Sea Surfboards is probably the most under rated shaper around. Surrounded by talented creatives of all disciplines and Byron's beautiful waves I'm sure it's only a short time before the surfing world catches onto his stunning shapes and out of this world tint jobs. Not only are they gorgeous to look at but totally shred too.
Clip from Little Black Wheels film by Mick Waters.
Dustin Humprey and Steve Gorrow have produced some of the most striking surf photo's I've seen in a long time for progressive Aussie surf brand Insight. It's nice for a change to see one of the major surf brands using their money to push some boundaries.
I stumbled across the website of Kirsten Prisk the other day and was blown away by the shots of my local break and how the shots capture the mood of surfing there perfectly. Check out the full portfolio for some great shots of Hawaii and other far flung shores. Seamouse Loves: Blood Red Shoes
A big thank you to the extremely talented Mick Sowry for sending me a white label version of the surf documentary 'MusicaSurfica' he wrote and directed. I've been following his work on the project via his blog and now that I've seen it, it doesn't disappoint.
I don't really want to call it a surf film because in truth it really isn't. It follows all the principles of a documentary and for that is a far more entertaining watch. The links made between the finless surfing and Richard Tognetti's are sometimes a little tenuous but it is easy to see that everyone involved is drawing huge inspiration from each both in and out of the water.
The one thing that really hit me with 'musicaSurfica' was the amount of beauty involved. Shot and edited perfectly on location in the King Island I defy anyone who watches not to want to visit. The music involved is not only lovely to listen to and matched wonderfully to the surfing involved, but is visually awesome in it's own right. To experience it first hand must be mind blowing (I'm pretty sure my beat up old TV with bass heavy speakers didn't do it any justice!).
As I was expecting the thing that amazed me most was the surfing. Its pretty varied, and seeing Tom Carroll Pearl an Alaia is a good yard stick for understanding how different these boards are to ride. The surfers adapt and what is presented is some of the most interesting and different surfing you're likely to witness. Boards are spun and slide up and down the face in a manner more suited to snowboarding than surfing. Derek Hynd doesn't disappoint and shows himself to be a master and stylist of yet another of surfing's genres. Seeing him spin 1080 degrees back into the pocket is insane and his tube riding finless unbelievable.
If I had to sum it up in a word (and I'm going to make myself do just that) I'd have to go with 'inspirational'. I hope it gets a wide release as I'm sure it'll turn people on to trying something new whether it be getting hold of an Alaia, sawing down an old beater to four foot or just taking the fins out of their regular board.
Talk is already flying around the house o' seamouse about wood and shapes and infinite possibilities. Happy times.
Unless you've been living under a rock (and that's just cool with me if you have) you probably already know that Thomas Campbell is the latest surf monkey to be given the VBS Hi Shred-ability treatment. All three installments are now up and even if you have seen them you should probably check them out again....
Without trying Mr Campbell is probably one of the biggest reasons for the recent shift in surfings attitude to surf craft and highlighting the amount of art in and around the 'sport'. I'm a big fan.
Is it the same for you that when non surfers find out you surf they instantly want to know if you've seen 'Riding Giants'? I'm so tired of talking to people about Laird, Jaws and the death of Mark Foo that I'm seriously looking forward to 'Busting down the door' hitting the UK just for the conversation to change. I can just hear it now "you surf? I saw this film once,you ever hear of a guy called Gerry Lopez?...."
A free artwork of the seamouse! I'm giving away this 5.8" x 8.2" 1of1 signed two colour lino print to one lucky reader of the pinniped.
No tricks, no qualifying questions, just post a comment if you're interested and I'll enter you into the draw. Seeing as today is a new moon I'll keep the competition open until the next full moon (that's the 22nd by the way). A name will then be randomly drawn out of a hat (box, shoe, canoe or whatever receptacle I get my hands on) and a winner announced.
Home. The burnt down pier is one of my favorite places to surf. It gets blown out as soon as someone sneezes, rarely is rideable on anything but a log and can only be ridden mid to low tide. It's locals only too, not that there's any bad vibes, just nowhere to park.
Home. In the land of little groundswell surfing rules turn themselves on their head. Everyone prays for onshore winds (well cross onshore). And offshore winds mean nothing but weeks of flatness.
Away. Holywell bay, remote, quiet and just a few hours down the road.
Away. Morocco. Cheap to get to and cheap to live. The land of sweet mint tea and endless pointbreaks.
I've been neglecting my on-line life recently due to enjoying my real life instead. For those who are interested this has mainly consisted of: Asking a very pretty girl to be my wife. Walks in the country and tea in the manor house. Surfing some tiny waves and loving every minute of it. Jumping around at gigs. Bit of drawing and other artistic grand plans. Food and family. Drinks with friends. My first beard.
Haven't posted for ages due to taking a fantastic trip to Venice. If you're thinking about going I recomend that you take with you the most amazing girl you've ever met.
Plenty of canals, bridges and old buildings as you'd expect. Some cool bars and restarants scattered about all over. As it was the thing to do, we went into the famous harry's bar. It was crappy, full of tourists and I had the pleasure of paying £12 for a single rum and coke (thats $18US). Yowch!
As a welcome break from all the renaissance art the Guggenheim has some awesome modern works. Plus the Sculpture garden had us messing around for ages (mainly in and around the glass box pictured).You know Venice has a beach too? all but deserted with 1ft peelers! Who knows maybe someone even surfs it.
If you're like the seamouse, then you love sliding round on the ocean and people with crazy self expression in whatever form that may take. If that's the case you've probably heard of Alex Knost and his awesome shaper Robbie K. These cats are both in VBS's new show HI SHRED. Go look at it now with your filthy eyes.
Its been flat for 5 weeks and counting now. Not even tiny ankle snappers have graced the shore. Where are my september sessions? The warm nights with hints of winter power? The after work sessions and dawn patrols?
I read in Nat Young's book that he took magic mushrooms back in the day before going surfing and had some pretty wild experiences doing so. For some reason that stuck in my mind while trying my hand at some vector graphics.
Sometimes all you need is that little nudge to take a board out that you normally wouldn't. Here James Tooze talks me into changing my setup and taking my hardly riden tangerine fish into the first consistantly good surf we've had in ages.
Ended up missing the best of the fish fry but was having far to much fun teaching my girlfriend and her litle sister how to surf. Still what I did see was great, highlights for the girls was the pink resin swirl and glitter fins. I personally liked the Christenson take on the fish dont ride backside myth.
More used to messing about with a pen in hand or fibreglass under the feet it was interesting getting used to playing with HTML, Shopping Carts and Paypal. It all seems to be sorted now with Pinniped open to dealings from all four corners of the world. Hopefully now I can get back to enjoying smooth paper and bumpy water.
look here, the summer season of Uber T's are back from the printers and looking really good. Printed on super soft fair trade cotton made with no nasty stuff. Each T is signed by the artist and numbered in limited editions of 100. £19 + P&P Available in Small Medium and Large.
If you're interested in stocking Uber you can drop me a line at keironlewishotmail.com
A while back I took the change from my jeans and threw it on my bed only to find someone elses opinions had been loitering in my pockets. It made me laugh so much I had to take a photo. (For those of you unfamiliar with english money, the santa look-a-like is Charles Darwin)
When you're on nine foot plus of surfboard there's alot of places to hang out and take it all in. I personally like the front end just before your feet get wet. Why not give it a visit next time you're in the area.
A super shaka goes out to mick at Safe to See for mentioning me in his fantastic blog. Mick has an amazing project underway getting some of the best surfer shapers to push the boundries in his finless surfboard project. So hurry, clicky clicky, and see what creative minds can do!
The sunshine is here but gone are those wonderful winter swells.
The standard marketed surf image is pretty far from the surfing that most people know and love. During flat spell madness today I wanted to draw something a little closer to home. Click on image to enlarge
The Ledgendry Fish Fry is coming to england in June. Should be a good weekend of board porn and hopefully a good opertunity to surf some nice waves and pick up a few shaping tips and ideas along the way. The incentive is really on now to build the two fish I've been thinking about. With the kind lend of a garage, It'll sure beat using a spare room.
The summer season of uber T's will be out soon. Mixing art and cotton to make wonderful artton! uber T's will be strictly limited runs of 100, numbered and signed by the artist. Produced using fair trade garments with no nasty stuff added, they're the perfect thing for hiding a large amount of body hair or that odd tattoo on your back.