TOMMY HILFIGER ART SURFBOARDS BY RAYMOND PETTIBON, SCOTT CAMPBELL, RICHARD PHILLIPS, LOLA SCHNABEL, & GARY SIMMONS
Miraculously, the least cool clothing line ever created one of the coolest collabs of the summer (hopefully everyone got paid some serious money to do this) when Tommy Hilfiger teamed up with artists Raymond Pettibon, Scott Campbell, Richard Phillips, Lola Schnabel, and Gary Simmons to produce a line of art surfboards benefiting the venerable Art Production Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing ambitious public art projects and expanding awareness through contemporary art. The standouts of the bunch are by underground & punk art legend Pettibon who went abstract in the vein of his modern color paintings, tattoo-turned fine artist Scott Campbell who profferred one of his incredible new photorealistic watercolor paintings of homemade prison tattoo machines, and Richard Phillips who killed it with his California Girl painting (the others, not so much). Of course, the boards are super limited and already sold out, but it's a cool project just the same, absolutely too cool for the likes of Mr Hilfiger, but every dog has his day. Said the designer of the collab, "Lola, Richard, Scott, Gary, and Raymond have incredibly varied styles and brought unique perspectives to the project, which created a diverse and exciting result. From pop-culture portraits to mystical abstracts, they applied their innovative creative visions to the boards and I find each of them very inspiring." Hopefully, those creative visions will inspire him to make cool clothes. Have a look:
- 05/15/2014 • ON EXHIBIT | UP CLOSE WITH JEFF KOONS’ $28 MILLION DOLLAR POPEYE
- 05/14/2014 • OPENINGS | SAM FRIEDMAN’S “EASY” AT LIBRARY STREET COLLECTIVE, DETROIT
- 05/04/2014 • “CITY AS CANVAS: GRAFFITI ART FROM THE THE MARTIN WONG COLLECTION” AT THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
- 04/13/2014 • BARRY McGEE, DAN MURPHY, & ISAAC TIN WEI LIN’S “DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES” AT FLEISHER/OLLMAN
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