Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Pacific Northwest kid that migrated south and just kinda lucked out. I’m a part time designer / illustrator / curator. I have been able to stay creative in several facets of my life, which has always been important to me and I guess with a large majority of my career centering around the surf, skate and art culture, I stay constantly inspired and get to stay active at the same time.
You seem to have a lot of jobs and wear a lot of hats. What do you do for a living?
At the moment, I have a lot of different roles, but the diversity is what’s so fun and keeps me going. I recently started working for myself. I’m running a little pop-up gallery in Huntington Beach, doing freelance design work, some consulting and installing a ton of great art.
I was at Quiksilver & Roxy for 13 years and held a variety of positions between both brands, my most fun times were probably the early Roxy days, then later running the skateboard art program and returning once again as an Art Director, but moving into the role of Company Historian and Curator was a dream.
What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?
Here are my top three:
I’d have to say “The Happening” was one of my favorites. it was the evolution of “The Moonshine Festival” and it was a great crew; Will Pennartz (the Surf Gallery), Emmett Malloy (Brushfire Records) and Chris Malloy (Woodshed Films). It was an amazing surf/beach culture show that started in Laguna Beach, California, we did a couple events in the canyon, then took it to OCMA, but then we got the sponsorship to take it to New York. The show we did in NY between MILK and the HIRO ballroom was a game changer! We got a couple new sponsors that really saw the value in what we were doing and the next thing you know, we’re doing shows through Australia, Japan, France and England. we posted up at a variety of venues with a ton of amazing work from artists like Andy Davis, Wolfgang Bloch, Jeff Canham and Alex Knost, live Music from Jack Johnson, G-Love, Mason Jennings and Matt Costa and we showed films from Sea Sheppard and Thomas Campbell, to 180° South and the White Stripes, Under The Great White Northern Lights.
“Hottest Hundred Yards,” the history of Echo Beach show that I curated with Randy Hild at Partners and Spade in New York.
And the South Bay Art, Film and Music Festival. I had close to 50 artists, we showed a ton of amazing new movies and we awarded Bruce Brown the first Action Sports Pioneer Award. It was one of my biggest honors ever!