Andi Spies
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Art and Boardsports Hand in Hand

Five Artists From the Action Sports Scene and Their Works

When skateboarders like Ed Templeton or surfing legends like Herbie Fletcher give free rein to their creativity, works worth seeing are created. We present five artists from the world of boardsports.

Jamie Lynn, snowboarder, skateboarder, musician and artist.

Action sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing or kitesurfing apparently have one thing in common: the athlete stands "diagonally" on his board, with which he performs the most varied tricks and manoeuvres. And: in each of the disciplines mentioned, sporting creativity plays a major role for a successful athlete. This is expressed, for example, in a wide range of tricks. It is also noticeable that quite a few board athletes develop their creativity as artists without their board under their feet.

Ed Templeton - Skateboarder

Californian Ed Templeton grew up in Huntington Beach, where he was infected with the skateboard virus in the 1970s. He has been skating professionally since the age of 18 and founded his own skateboard company Toy Machineat the age of 24.which he still manages today. Parallel to his career as a skateboarder, Templeton developed a talent for photography, graphic design and painting. In all three areas, the now 48-year-old has made a name for himself even without formal training.

For two decades, Templeton has been travelling the world and presenting his art and photographs at numerous exhibitions. In spite of his international fame and various awards, the design of the Toy Machine skateboard decks is his unrestricted passion. As an artist he has also collaborated with numerous skateboard labels such as RVCA, Sheep, New Deal Skateboards, eswic and Emerica.

Boardgraphics as artwork for Toy Machine skateboards

Pete Cabrinha - Windsurfer and Kitesurfer

Pete Cabrinha is an all-round waterman who first celebrated international success in windsurfing in the 80s. The Hawaiian is also considered one of the pioneers of tow-in surfing, kitesurfing and foil boarding. After the end of his professional career, the versatile water sportsman founded his own company for kitesurfing products with Cabrinha, which today is one of the market leaders.

Parallel to his passion for boardsports, Pete developed an interest in photography and painting. Over the past three decades, the now 59-year-old has experimented with various artistic techniques. In his current mixed media artworks he combines his skills as a photographer and graphic designer with eccentric painting techniques. Cabrinha draws inspiration for his artwork both from his many professional travels and from encounters with and on Hawaiian waters.

Apataki, mixed media on wood with paper, photo transfer print and acrylic paint.

Jamie Lynn - Snowboarder

Jamie Lynn appeared on the snowboard scene in the early 1990s and became one of the leading players in the freestyle revolution of the time. His background as a skateboarder enabled him to perform technical tricks on the snowboard that caused a sensation in the scene. Legendary and in lasting memory are also his Method-Airs, which he celebrated with his unmistakable style and which adorned the covers of various snowboard magazines of that era. His artistic side was revealed in the board designs of his sponsor Lib Tech.

In a partnership that has lasted for over 20 years, Lynn has created a wealth of snowboard graphics from the American board makers. Blue-skinned naked women, bizarre cats, billowing waves of snow and water - these are his trademarks that still shape the look of Lib Tech snowboards today.

Herbie Fletcher - Surfer

Herbie Fletcher grew up surfing and skateboarding on Huntington Beach in the early 1960s. At the age of 16, Herbie left his parents' house and headed off to Hawaii. Here he developed into one of the best and most influential surfers of the 60s and 70s. As a surfer and shaper he founded his own company with Fletcher Surfboards and later together with his wife Dibi the brand Astrodeck, which produced footpads for surfboards. Besides the surf business his passion was filming. The successful surf movie series "Wave Warriors" was his biggest success in this genre.

The 72-year-old has a long-standing friendship with the New York artist Julian Schnabel, from which joint projects such as the limited edition "Blind Girl Surfclub" boards have emerged. As an artist, Herbie Fletcher now focuses on sculptures, photography and painting. An extensive exhibition of Fletcher's work was shown in August 2019 at the Gagosian Gallery in New York.

Herbie Fletcher in front of a sculpture from his series Wrecktangles.

Lukas Goller - Snowboarder

The South Tyrolean Lukas Goller grew up with skateboarding and snowboarding in Bolzano and travelled the world as a snowboard professional for many years. For his then board sponsor Nitro Snowboards he created numerous board designs, including the pro model of Olympic champion Nicola Thost.

As an autodidact he constantly developed his artistic style and after the end of his active snowboard career he dedicated himself exclusively to the creative work as a designer and illustrator. Today you can see his works on clothes, furniture, watches, snowboards and skateboards of brands like Adidas Eyewear, Burton, MINI, 55 DSL, Zimstern, Swatch, Gentic, Muckefuck and Bastard.

Lukas Goller presents his designs in the Bastard Clothing catalogue.
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