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simon evans 1992 london skateboarding kennington bowl illustration art drawn with a sharpie pen and halftoned

Simon Evans.
Illustration.
2024.

Reflecting the DIY ethos of pre-digitial times, with a retro aesthetic often seen in zines, flyers, and street art.

The affordability and unique look of single colour halftone printing on economy stock supports the 90's skateboarding ethos when low budget grassroots promotion and creativity was key.

DJ Rosa - Bump to Dumpster Crook. Photo by Chris Morgan Creative.

DJ Rosa.
Skateboard Photography.
2021.

Shot in Berkeley for a feature article in Skate Jawn Magazine.

jazz san francisco themed skateboard graphics

12SF Decks.
Illustration,
Graphic Design.
2022.

Hand-drawn artwork captures the essence of San Francisco's vibrant artistic history, echoing the nostalgia of past art styles.

Through technique and historical references, these hand-drawn skateboard graphics not only speaks to the nostalgia of San Francisco's past art scene but also celebrates the city's enduring cultural legacy.

Chaka Khan playing the drums in the band Rufus art drawing

Chaka Khan.
Illustration.
2023.

Hand-drawn Sharpie art evokes the raw energy of the mid 70s.

Halftoning, a technique commonly associated with print media of that era, further enhances the nostalgic feel, transporting viewers back to a different time when handmade artistry prevailed over digital precision.

The emphasis on soul over technical perfection in both the art and the music of that era creates a powerful connection, capturing the essence of a time when authenticity reigned supreme.

gang starr tribute drawing art featuring mc guru and dj premier

Gang Starr.
Illustration.
2023.

Hand-drawn pencil artwork compliments Gang Starr due to the shared emphasis on authenticity. Both capture the raw essence of the era, resonating with audiences who appreciate the genuine expressions of art and music rooted in the streets.

grateful dead between the dark and light exhibition haight street art center san francisco july 11th 2023 banner design

Grateful Dead,
'Between The Dark & Light' Exhibition.
Graphic Design.
Illustration: Caitlin Mattison
Photography: Jay Blakesberg.
10ft x 4ft Banner.
2023.

Part of a visually consistent set. The banner for the Grateful Dead 'Between the Dark and Light' photography retrospective displayed at Haight Street Art Center, reflects the artistic essence of San Francisco's 1960s psychedelic era.

Designed in tribute to the hand-drawn style of vintage concert posters, its layout and use of colour commands attention. The choice of fonts echoes the letterforms prevalent in 1960s rock promotions, subtly invoking nostalgia.

Through a balanced blend of digital precision and retro aesthetics, the banner invites viewers to explore the photographic journey of the Grateful Dead's storied history, curated by Jay Blakesberg.

john lindsay wallie san francisco skateboarding illustration art drawing using a sharpie

The Sleeping Horse.
Illustration.
2023.

Plus One and Tony Vegas. The Scratch Perverts. Poster and Flyer set. Design

Plus One, Tony Vegas. The Scratch Perverts.
Flyer and poster set.
Illustration,
Graphic Design.
2003.

barker barrett 90s skateboarding san francisco illustration art drawing using a sharpie

Barker Barrett.
Illustration.
2024.

Non conformity, authenticity, style and creative freedom were king in the 1990’s. Creative skaters like Barker Barrett were an inspiration to myself and others in those early days. Remembering moments that contributed to the underground of today. Barker Barrett, ollie at Mason and Broadway in San Francisco. Original photo by Dennis McGrath. Hand drawn and halftoned.

alex gocke front blunt smith at third and army san francisco skate spot photo

Alex Gocke.
Skateboard Photography.
2020.

Single frame sequence photography captures the entire progression of a trick in one dynamic image. This technique showcases each critical moment of the action, allowing viewers to appreciate the skill and precision involved. By freezing multiple phases of movement within a single frame, it provides a comprehensive and visually engaging way to tell the story.

MFDOOM all caps skoob books book store in london illustration drawing artwork

MFDOOM.
Illustration.
2023.

Hand-drawn pencil art and MFDOOM connect through authenticity and nostalgic style. Both celebrate rawness, craftsmanship, and underground style, resonating with audiences seeking genuine expressions of non mainstream art and music.

Kyle Militante, wallie into bank

Kyle Militante.
Skateboard Photography.
2019.

Shot in Berkeley. 50mm lens, natural light.

mike carrol front blunt at EMB drawing

Mike Carrol.
Illustration.
2024.

skate jawn skateboard magazine ad san francisco photography and graphic design

Skate Jawn ad, Issue 54.
Graphic Design.
Skateboard Photography.
2020.

Through a series of print ad's, capturing the essence of the brand using analogue textures, block colors, and paint textures. Paying homage to the rich history and cultural influences that have shaped the brand, while infusing a contemporary feel and maintaining a sense of nostalgia.

josh paz blunt slide to wallride san francisco skateboarding photography and graphic design

Skate Jawn ad, Issue 57.
Graphic Design.
Skateboard Photography.
2020.

From a series of print ads capturing the essence of the brand through the use of analogue textures, block colour, paint textures. Paying homage to the rich history and cultural influences that have shaped the brand while also infusing the design with a contemporary feel whilst maintaining nostalgia.

12SF san francisco hand drawn lettering logo

12SF.
Hand drawn logo.
Graphic Design.
2020.

Tapping into the rich history and cultural heritage of San Francisco's Victorian architecture with a nod to the city's past while also celebrating its unique character and identity. In the face of gentrification and urban development, preserving the aesthetic of Victorian letterforms can serve as a reminder of the city's roots and the importance of maintaining its historical legacy.

small brand online store design

Analog Minds Store.
Opencart Development.
HTML | CSS | PHP | MYSQL.
2024.

An OpenCart store customised to match the brand style and to improve user experience. Working with .twig, PHP, HTML, and CSS files to optimize layout, functionality, and style. This ensured smooth navigation and a streamlined checkout process. I also integrated secure payment gateways like Apple Pay, card payments, and PayPal, along with "Buy Now" and "Pay Later" options for convenience. Currency conversion and weight-based shipping calculators were included, while a loyalty program was set up to encourage repeat purchases. These changes enhanced the store's functionality and improved the overall shopping experience and customer satisfaction. Additionally, Google Ads and Facebook Pixel were both installed to maximize marketing efforts.

boris heavy rocks akuma no uta album drawing poster art print

Boris,
Akuma No Uta.
Illustration.
2023

The analog aesthetic serves to reinforce the genre's connection to the past while also celebrating the unique qualities of analog sound and technology. It reflects a desire to move away from the sterile, digital perfection of modern production methods and embrace the warmth and character of vintage equipment.

science skateboards logo

Science Skateboards.
Logo.
Graphic Design.

The 'S' logo captures the DIY style of mid-90's street culture scenes. Bold and dynamic, it simply features a versatile stylized letter 'S' rendered in a stencil-like style. Instantly recogniseable. The letterform is angular and robust which speak to its street art inspirations. Each element of the 'S' is suggesting a cut stencil. The design pays homage to the iconic lettering styles of underground creatives such as Ian Swift and Mitchy Bwoy, drawing from the strong authentic creativtiy of the mid-90s urban youth cultures. Overall, the 'S' logo serves as a bold statement of individuality and creativity, rooted in the rich artistic heritage of street culture. It embodies the spirit of strength, self-expression, and authenticity.

eclectic breaks logo

Eclectic Breaks.
Logo.
Graphic Design.
2000.

jazz rhythm art illustration philly joe jones drummer illustration drawing

Philly Joe Jones.
Illustration.
2023.

A sharpie and halftone illustration of Philly Joe Jones captures his dynamic drumming. The non digital style evokes the retro, vibrant jazz era, mirroring his intense performances and the cultural impact of mid-20th-century jazz.

masa yoshimoto chris morgan skateboard graphic. graphic design and photography collaboration

Science Skateboards,
Masa Yoshimoto collaboration.
Skateboard Graphic.
2016.

Capturing the essence of 90s skateboard graphics through the use of bold colors, organic collage-style layout, and street photography by Masa Yoshimoto. This creates a visually striking piece that pays homage to the era while bringing a fresh, contemporary perspective through the lens of Tokyo life.

bob spanbauer back smith merlot skate photography  san francisco

Bob Spanbauer.
Skateboard Photography.
2018.

Shot in San Francisco. 50mm lens, natural light.

Harrison Hafner - 5050 gap to manhole cover. Photo by Chris Morgan Creative.

Harrison Hafner.
Skateboard Photography.
2021. Shot in San Francisco. Single frame sequence photography captures the progression of a trick in one dynamic image. This technique showcases each critical moment of the action allowing viewers to appreciate the skill and precision involved. By freezing multiple phases of movement within a single frame, it provides a comprehensive and visually engaging way to tell the story.

nuno ramirez frontside wallride canary wharf skate photography london

Nuno Ramirez.
Skateboard Photography.
2016.

Shot in Canary Wharf, London. Black and white skateboard photography emphasizes action and form. High contrast adds drama and intensity, while enhancing textures and details.

skateboard brand website design and development

12SF Website.
Web Design and Development.
HTML | CSS | PHP | MYSQL.
2022

san francisco skateboarding two set magazine cover illustration hill bomb gx1000 sharpie drawing

Two Set Mag.
Illustration.
2020.

tom rendell kick flip elephant and caste london skate photography

Tom Rendell.
Skateboard Photography.
2016.

Shot in London. Natural light, 50mm lens.
dvd cover the important nothing skateboarding dvd gatefold graphic design

Science Skateboards,
DVD Packaging.
Graphic Design.
2016.

Growing up watching the show 'Kung Fu' on TV after school was a treat. The show resonated with Gen X'ers for its wisdom and martial arts philosophy. Contrasting with today's influencer culture, promoting genuine values over superficiality, inspiring authenticity and personal growth.

Combining "Kung Fu" show wisdom with strong nods to the Blue Note design style and the use of London street photography evokes authenticity, urban grit, and cultural depth, appealing to a diverse audience seeking genuine honest experiences, personal discovery and creative growth through skateboarding over surface style and trends .

Tom Brinkerhoff - Gravel Ollie. Photo by Chris Morgan Creative.

Tom Brinkerhoff.
Skateboard Photography.
2012.

Shot in San Francisco. Natural light, 50mm lens.
harrison hafner issue 52 skate jawn skate mag print advert graphic design photography and layout

Skate Jawn Ad.
Graphic Design.
Skateboard Photography.
2019.

A print ad from a series communicates the essence of the brand through the use of analogue textures, block colors and paint textures. These designs honor the rich history and cultural influences in skateboarding and creativity that have shaped the brand, while incorporating a contemporary touch and preserving a nostalgic feel.

kyle wilson palace skateboards backside nosegrind revert London skate photo

Kyle Wilson.
Skateboard Photography.
2016.

Shot in London. Flash photography. 10.5mm lens.

Nas Illmatic artwork drawing

Nas Illmatic.
Illustration.
2021.

science skateboards the important nothing premiere poster for house of vans sk8 fry day london - graphic design layout  -  dan beall frontside flip photo alex burrell

Science Skateboards.
Graphic Design.
Photo: Alex Burrell.
2016.

josh paz nosegrind in  los angeles skate magazine print advert - photography graphic design layout

Science Skateboards.
Josh Paz ad.
Graphic Design.
Skateboard Photography.
2019.

Capturing the essence of the brand through the use of analogue textures, block colour, paint textures and the use of minimal information. Paying homage to the rich history and cultural influences that have shaped the brand while also infusing the design with a contemporary feel whilst maintaining nostalgia.

3rdz crew japan tee shirt design graphic art

3RDZ Shirt.
Graphic Design.
2016.

josh cox gap crook skate photography in london

Josh Cox.
Skateboard Photography.
2017.

Shot in London. 10.5mm lens. Two remote flashes.

old samurai movie inspired skateboard graphic

Science Skateboards,
Clans deck.
Skateboard Graphic.
2014.

the important nothing japan premiere flyer

Science Skateboards,
Sapporo premiere flyer.
Graphic Design
2016.

Advertising the Sapporo Premiere of Science Skateboards 'The Important Nothing' video through the use of shared imagery, layout and colour consistent with the opening titles of the video and DVD packaging.

joe sivell noseblunt transfer skate photography in london

Joe Sivell.
Skateboard Photography.
2016.

Shot in London. 50mm lens, natural light.
small business custom open cart store

12SF Online Store.
Open Cart development.
HTML | CSS | PHP | MYSQL.
2022.