As regular readers of this blog know, we love to surf every chance we get. So when a new artful, beautifully designed coffee-table book about surfing comes along, we’re very excited. The book is “Afrosurf,” a thick tome devoted to a thorough survey of African surf culture. Produced by Mami
One could draw a Venn diagram with one circle for artists, designers, musicians, actors, and all manner of creators, and the other circle for surfers, and there would be a healthy overlap of the two. (Among some well-known visual artists who are surfers are Barry McGee, Catherine Opie, and Alex
“Don’t surf!” We found this message scrawled into the layer of road dust caked onto the rear window of a surfer’s SUV. There should be a word for this: “Dirty-car graffiti,” “car-dust graffiti.” Something like that. It’s definitely a form of “reverse graffiti,” where the rendering of the message or
Would you drive this stickerfied vintage station wagon? We spotted this car parked along a remote stretch of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) near Malibu, California, on Monday. We’re guessing the vehicle is from the early-1970s. The car belongs to a surfer (who is also an internationally famous indie musician whose
Salt Fish Surf Co is a surfy boutique in Venice, in Los Angeles, run by the effusive and friendly French surfer Romaine Goudinoux, who designs and sells branded t-shirts, caps, accessories, and leather-and-fabric surfboard bags hand-crafted in Mexico. But, to be clear, his small second-floor store is not a surf
“Can’t Steal Our Vibe” is a lo-fi, black-and-white ‘zine published by Lone Wolfs (sic) Objets de Surf, a surf brand and shop in Venice, Los Angeles, as well as a music production company and studio. CSOV is more of an art zine than a surf mag and has virtually nothing
There’s really no excuse for this. Unless it’s a college dormitory or your parents’ basement or the living room of a pro skater or the place of business for somebody connected to the skateboarding industry (and by extension the surf industry), skateboards as decorative wall art is no bueno, brah!
Yes, it’s true, savvy reader. Sometimes we here at Global Graphica like to pick up a pen, pencil or, preferably, a Sharpie and make little drawings of things, everyday objects, people, faces, and so on. We have a habit of making sketches of surfboards and surfers riding waves, as in
It’s no secret that we here at Global Graphica are fond practitioners of surfing, the so-called Hawaiian “sport of kings.” After contemporary art and good espresso, surfing is our other true obsession. So on our recent road trips up and down the SoCal coast in search of waves, we stopped
… And it looked like this.
We’re back after a “few days” hiatus. The break was in part due to Columbus Day, a U.S. national holiday, that for many people, including us, is not a holiday at all. More on that later. But first … Did you miss us? NO? Well, we missed YOU, savvy reader!
Want to add a bit of sexy, aspirational flair to your retail / dining / third-wave coffee establishment, something with a bit of totemic presence and cool-mystique lifestyle cachet? You say “YES! Yes, I do!” In that case, here’s a tip: Add a surfboard. That’s it. Just mount a bright
The space at Daydream Coffee and Surf in Costa Mesa, California is great, but it’s missing a few things that would make it perfect: A bed, a TV, and a set of keys to the space with our name on it.
Last weekend, we stumbled upon this throw pillow with the words “Locals Only” embroidered on it at the Mollusk Surf Shop in Silver Lake in Los Angeles. The pillow is a funny, cute mash-up of old-school, cliched surf-culture sentiment and a folksy, homespun style more fitting in grandma’s living room than a surfer