Iranian-American painter, collage artist, cartoonist, and photographer Arien Valizadeh is based out of Los Angeles, California. His focus rests both poignantly and slightly shockingly on terrorism and the people behind it. Preconceived notions, socio political dialectic, media induced animosity and misconception, tradition, custom, ethnicity, and more can be seen as themes within his work.
The video below was shot of an art show that featured Arien Valizadeh as well as Darren Ankenman, Curtis Kulig, Eva LeWitt, Barry McGee, Dana Oxley, Benedict dos Remedios, Gordon Stevenson, and Sage Vaughn.
We’ve got an RVCA ANP t-shirt featuring the work of Arien Valizadeh. The Straight Cold Chillin is like something you’d find at the estate sale in heaven. RVCA’s Cold Chillin T-Shirt features one helluvan armchair. Hot graphic at front created by RVCA featured artist Adien Valizadeh. RVCA labeling at base of neck. Thin and lightweight. A 100% cotton t-shirt.
Edward “Ed” Templeton was born on July 28th, 1972 in Orange County, California. He is a professional skateboarder as well as a contemporary artist. Ed turned pro for New Deal Skateboards in 1990 but left by 1992 to start the short-lived company “TV” with Mike Vallely. By 1993 Ed founded Toy Machine skateboards. Outside of skateboarding, Ed is a painter, graphic designer, and photographer. Ed began by painting the graphics for his skateboard company, TV and later for Toy Machine.
Teenage Smokers, a collection of photography focusing on youth and cigarettes, won Ed first place in The Search For Art Competition in Italy In 2000.
In the fall of 2001, Ed’s artwork was featured in Juxtapoz magazine and in 2002 he produced an art exhibition, The Essentiel Disturbance, which featured The Golden Age of Neglect, published by Drago.
“Beautiful Losers”, a touring art exhibit and art book features Ed with other contemporary artists, much of the project featuring skateboarding and urban themes. Ed published Deformer, also the title of a Mike Mills 1996 documentary film about Templeton, in 2008. Deformer is essentially Ed’s scrapbook. Templeton is also the co-editor of ANP Quarterly, an arts magazine founded in 2005. And on top of all that Toy Machine has been successfully doing its brainwashing for the past 15 years.
SW is offering the RVCA Horns T-Shirt and Trucker Hat, featuring photography from Ed. With the mighty, magestic Grand Canyon in the background, the RVCA Horns T-Shirt and Trucker Hat gives the right message. Rock and skate. A giant rock and some horns. Major graphic at front created by RVCA featured artist Ed Templeton and RVCA labeling throughout.
Grab the stuff HERE, at SW. Also check out SW’s Toy Machine decks featuring the artwork of Ed, HERE.
Ben Horton grew up in East County, San Diego, and has been drawing his whole life, picking up painting in highschool. Horton is not only an artist, but an ex-Scarecrow rider, the rad owner of $LAVE Skateboards, and the creative director for Black Box Distribution. Horton had been designing board graphics with Black Box Distribution before he started $LAVE in 2007. He’s done a ton of cool shit since then.
Skate Warehouse has two new tees from Horton, the RVCA Dodo Vintage Wash T-Shirt and the RVCA Quitting Tomorrow Vintage Wash T-Shirt.
Courtesy of the Wikipedia machine, we now know that “The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) was a flightlessbird endemic to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. It stood about a meter (3.3 feet) tall, weighing about 20 kilograms (44 lb). The dodo lost the power of flight because food was abundant and predators were absent on Mauritius. It was related to pigeons and doves, and its closest relative was the Rodrigues Solitaire, which is also extinct.” So now you know. From Alice in Wonderland’s Dodgson to the Coat of Arms of Mauritius, the Dodo is a cultural icon. And now RVCA is on board. The RVCA Dodo Vintage Wash T-Shirt is thin and lightweight, sporting that vintage quality fit and feel. Animalistic graphic at front done up by RVCA featured artist Ben Horton and RVCA detail at base of neck. A 100% cotton t-shirt.
It’s the age old saying. RVCA’s Quitting Tomorrow Vintage Wash T-Shirt is serious this time. Always serious. Nothing but. But starting tomorrow. We promise. “It’s Alright I’m Gonna Quit Tomorrow” graphic at front created by RVCA featured artist Ben Horton. RVCA labeling at base of neck. A 100% cotton t-shirt. Super thin and lightweight with that vintage fit and feel.
Pick up the tees HERE, at SW. And check out some Horton art on the $LAVE decks SW carries as well.
Check out Ewok, Matt Gordon, Kelsey Brookes, and Ben Horton when they go to NYC with RVCA to do an installation and host a party, below.
A coffee drinker. Singer of the band The Japanese Motors. An artist. A surfer. The RVCA ANP artist Alex Knost is one cool dude. From longboards to shortboards, he’s cool and collected. Check him out at last year’s Longboard Festival held in Salinas, Spain:
Out of Costa Mesa, California, The Japanese Motors are two albums deep, and signed to Vice Records and Rough Trade. The group consists of Andrew Atkinson, Al Knost, Nolan Hall, and Nicholas Soderberg. Surf rock sounds:
Knost is the man behind SW’s new RVCA WTF tee. What To Feel? Where To Frolic? When To Forget? Were There Flowers? Was There Fervor? WTF. The RVCA folks really know how to ask the big questions. The WTF Vintage Dye T-Shirt is lightweight and thin, sporting a seriously vintage feel and fit. Sweet-ass WTF kind of graphic at front done up by RVCA artist Alex Knost. RVCA detail at base of neck. Seamless graphic tag at neck. Constructed of 50% cotton, 50% polyester.