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1992 london skateboarding at kennington bowl illustration art drawn with a sharpie pen and halftone

Simon Evans. Illustration. 2024.

The affordability and unique look of single colour halftone printing on economy stock supports the attitude of 90's skateboarding 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 themed skateboard graphics

12SF Decks. Illustration, Graphic Design. 2022.

Through technique and historical references, hand-drawn skateboard graphics speaks to the nostalgia of San Francisco's past.

Chaka Khan playing the drums in the band Rufus art drawing

Chaka Khan.
Illustration.
2023.

Halftoning, a technique commonly associated with print media of the era adds to the nostalgic feel, taking it 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 created a powerful connection, capturing the essence of a time when authenticity reigned supreme.

gang starr mc guru and dj premier drawing

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 90's era, resonating with audiences who appreciate the genuine expressions of art and music rooted in the non mainstream.

'Between the Dark and Light The Grateful Dead 1965-1995' exhibition at Haight Street Art Center, featuring a historical journey through rare and iconic photographs, rock posters and live music events, celebrating the legacy of the Grateful Dead. Curated by Jay Blakesberg.

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

Part of a set. The design work for the Grateful Dead 'Between the Dark and Light' photography retrospective displayed at Haight Street Art Center was influenced by the art and design of San Francisco's 1960s psychedelic era.

Designed in tribute to the style of the vintage concert posters. The choice of colours and fonts echoes the letterforms and style prevalent in 1960s rock promotions, subtly invoking nostalgia.

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 progression of a trick in one dynamic image. This technique showcases each critical moment of the action, allowing viewers to appreciate the style, 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.

Hand-drawn pencil sketch of MF Doom, the British-American rapper known for his metal mask and supervillain stage persona

MF DOOM.
Illustration.
2023.

Hand-drawn pencil artwork and MF DOOM 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 carroll front blunt at EMB drawing

Mike Carroll. 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 and block colour. 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.

san francisco skateboard company hand drawn font 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.

san francisco small brand online store design and development

Analog Minds Store.
Opencart Design and 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.

Hand-drawn pencil on paper version of the album cover for Akuma no Uta by Boris, originally released in 2003 with minimalist artwork. The 2005 reissue by Southern Lord Records features a cover tribute to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter, with Takeshi holding a double-neck Ibanez guitar

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.

The Science Skateboards logo captures the DIY style of mid-90's street culture, a bold and dynamic stylized letter 'S' in a stencil-like design. Angular and robust, it pays homage to iconic lettering styles of underground creatives like Ian Swift and Mitchy Bwoy, reflecting the strength, self-expression, and authenticity of British urban youth culture.

Science Skateboards.
Logo.
Graphic Design.

The 'S' logo captures the DIY style of mid-90's street culture scenes. Bold and dynamic, 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. The 'S' elements suggest 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 British urban youth cultures. Overall, the 'S' logo serves as a bold statement of individuality and creativity, rooted in the rich artistic heritage of British street culture. It embodies the spirit of strength, self-expression, and authenticity.

eclectic breaks logo

Eclectic Breaks.
Logo.
Graphic Design.
2000.

Joseph 'Philly Joe' Jones, born July 15, 1923, in Philadelphia, was a renowned jazz drummer known for his work with Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, and as a leader in his own right. Influenced by swing drummers like Baby Dodds and Chick Webb, he became a prominent figure in bop jazz, playing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Despite struggles with addiction, he recorded several albums as a leader and became the 'house drummer' for Riverside Records. He passed away on August 30, 1985.

Philly Joe Jones.
Illustration.
2023.

A sharpie and halftone drawing of Philly Joe Jones behind the drums. The use of non digital style evokes the retro, vibrant jazz era.

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 photography by Masa Yoshimoto. This creates a visually striking piece that pays homage to the 90's 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. Showing each critical moment shows the skill and precision involved.

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

GX1000 skaters drawing

Two Set Mag.
Illustration.
2020. Two photos shot at different locations were combined and hand drawn for use as part of the cover of Two Set Mag.

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 TV show 'Kung Fu' after school was a treat. Its wisdom and martial arts philosophy resonated, promoting genuine values and inspiring authenticity and personal growth. Combining 'Kung Fu' wisdom with nods to the Blue Note design style and use of London street photography, to communicate authenticity. Intended to appeal to skateboarders seeking genuine experiences, personal discovery, and creative growth through skateboarding culture.

Tom Brinkerhoff - Gravel Ollie. Photo by Chris Morgan.

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 colour and paint texture. 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.

Illmatic stands out as a groundbreaking work, marking the debut of Nas as a force in the music world. Released on April 19, 1994, through Columbia Records, it brought together a talented team including DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and Nas himself. This album dives deep into the world of hardcore hip hop, blending intricate rhymes and raw urban narratives. Though it started with modest recognition, Illmatic quickly rose to iconic status, earning gold certification in '96 and platinum in 2001, with over 2 million copies sold in the US alone. Regarded as a cornerstone of East Coast hip hop, its influence continues to resonate, securing its place as a timeless classic in music history

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.

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 Design and Development. HTML | CSS | PHP | MYSQL. 2022.