in order to facilitate many sketchbooks procured at Christmas. I have a new motto. Faster sketches, more sketches. I find this way of thinking mixed with the unerasability of pen force a nice simplicity. Here are around 200 pages compiled together.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I forgot to include these lovely images of my Surface 'Watch Lifes' (seen here at aprox 3000 meters accross from the Beitschhorn) in Lauchernalp switzerland. They were designed by my friend and colleague Jason Eichhorst who I worked with on Artboard Magazine and the Motorola tent graphics for the Burton World Demo Tour. They have been the object of constant stares here in Europe. The term "schöne schi" (beautiful skis) is likely heard from both the old grifter in the gondola and the Eurogangster in the park (as evident in my visit to Laax last week).
My Naxo nX21 bindings (same ones I used to create the amalgamating natural / technological structures below) compliment perfectly the design of the ski by contrast. My only complaint is that the Di-sublimation process used to print the graphics doesn't allow for the crisp lines and color pop that screen printing techniques allow and would really make this design golden. Notwithstanding, I would dare say it is the most handsome ski set up I have ever owned.
Mike Schneider Started Surface Skis shortly after I met him in the early 2000's. He owned a skate/snowboard/ski shop in Lehi, UT as well as a small clothing brand called Finseven. I was also attempting to start a small punk/hardcore-inspired ski clothing line at the time called Stalemate and Mike had an industrial tshirt press in his garage that I used in the original designs. I see the Surface brand as a much needed breath of fresh air in the cog-turning, over-amped world of the freestyle ski brand. The team has gotten world class and I hope to see them become a small tidal force in the near future.
Last Sat. I finally made it to Laax. Exploring/hiking/shooting by morning. Long overdue training in the park by day. These images were taken after a hike up La Siala (2810M) from the lift. These clouds are likely mixed with ash from the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano that erupted in Iceland three days prior. Not sure the pictures do it justice as the panorama was amazing, but I tried to capture a detail or two. One O'them moments you're happy to be alive.
I know its a beyond late posting, but I'm trying to catch up. This was done for the 2 international Master groups studying here in Basel (for the record I also cooked 2 turkeys for the event and a generous helping of mashed potatoes complete with Idaho style turkey gravy.)
(detail of the tram directions by stop to location)