Every time I visit Portland, I am always inspired by the various creative personalities around the city and the various creative outlets and design aesthetics that “keep Portland weird.” Tell us more about the art community in town.
It’s true, there are so many creative amazing people in this town. It felt that way from the moment I got here in 2005. In those days, everyone was an artist, musician, filmmaker, or something creative. It was cheap to live here, so the scene was sort of thriving — and I think it created a vortex that attracted more creative people. I don’t think any of these people who I have in mind are making a conscious effort to “keep Portland weird,” but they’re still just doing their thing and haven’t left. The flip side is that it’s gotten way more expensive to be here, and creative spaces have been replaced by condos and tech firms. I don’t have much else to say about the art community of Portland because I don’t exactly feel I am a member.
What are your favorite parts about Portland and the area in which you live?
I live in the Cully neighborhood and I like it. It’s a pretty diverse neighborhood, which is rare in Portland. It’s fairly quiet and there’s not as much construction as other areas.
What’s it like being a surfer in Portland?
It can be pretty torturous. It is possible that I spend more time driving than actually surfing. I would prefer to be surfing every day. That said, we get some really great waves in Oregon — it gets frickin crowded at the popular spots, but there are usually some cool people in the water.
What got you into surfing in the first place?
I got into surfing when I moved to the Lost Coast in Northern California. I’d never lived near the beach before and there wasn’t a lot of pavement to skate. So I gave it a try! Not an easy place to learn, but it stuck for me.
Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom, or sage advice?
Nah, I don’t have anything to teach anyone. I’d welcome all three.
(Check out David’s art on his website or Instagram.)