Losing My Mind - Summer Camp off their album Welcome Condale-Sophia
“Wait & See”
I love this new Free People’s May 2013 look book. It’s an amazing mixture of their usual boho look, with the perfect amount of edginess. This may be my favorite so far!
Wes Berg, Dusty Payne and Parko check out the banks at Barra da Tijuca from the hotel balcony. This was two days before the contest started and the waves were 2-4 feet with a slight off shore breeze.
This is the same board that Kelly rode in his Round 1 heat. It’s a 5′8 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/4 Channel Islands - Fred Rubble model with a 5 fin set up rounded pin epoxy with carbon down the middle. He surfed it as a quad but has the option to go thruster or quad with a nubster.
Here is Nat Young, Kolohe Andion and Dusty in the locker room of the competitors area. It’s pretty rad that they have personal space for their boards and gear that you can lock up safely. Prior to lockers the competitors had their gear all over the competitors area and stuff could easily get stolen, damaged or just too crowded to get your own personal space before you heat. That was then and this is now.
At the end of Round 1 of the Men’s, the surfers from Round 2 surfers (Josh Kerr, Julian Wilson, Taj Burrow and others) discussed their thoughts of the conditions with the contest director (Luke Egan) and the ASP officials (Richie Porta - Head Judge and Renato Hickel- Tour Manager) to continue with Round 2 or not. The end result that competition would be put on hold until better surfing conditions permit (6 days later)
Hometown hero and past event champion Adriano Desouza takes a moment for picture and autographs with his fans. Adriano is coming off of a huge win at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and advanced to Round 3 with a win in Round 1.
As the swell dropped the boys stayed active with some beach training. Here Kelly, Wes, Parko and Dusty stay busy with various fitness drills.
Slater leaps for the skies during some coordination drills. Toss and catch with the opposite hand, if you drop the ball or a bad throw you gotta do burpees.
These guys are so competitive in everything that they do. Here Kelly and Dusty challenge to see who can body surf farther. Dusty won the battle and the war. Kelly ended up face planting in the sand he wanted to win so badly. Check this post from his Instagram
Round 2 of The Billabong Rio Pro will commence tomorrow May 17th.
Dillon Francis ft Simon Lord “Messages” - Sophia
SF based Fashion Illustrator
Interview: Lindsay Arakawa
Where do you draw most of your fashion illustration inspiration from?
- The East Bay: A lot of my inspiration recently has been coming from here. It’s a lifestyle similar to San Francisco yet a bit slower and more suburban (in a good way!). The weather is significantly different - heat has been a huge source of inspiration for me as of late.
- Tumblr: I am a sucker for places like tumblr; it has absolutely everything and anything.
- Fine art: It has always had a strong influence on me - when I feel uninspired I find myself heading towards a museum. It always helps to see other artists’ pieces of art and to imagine what struggles they went through to be inspired and to create their bodies of work - regardless of what artistic era they come from.
Who is your favorite artist/fashion designer?
My all-time favorite artist is Kenneth Paul Block - a fashion illustrator from the past, his work is dynamic and decisive with a furious yet elegant line. His speed and diversity in media is something that I strive to achieve - most great fashion illustrators tend to secretly be great artists, masters of their media. He can elongate an arm and a neck so flawlessly and make it look completely natural. The simplicity of line in the faces are incredible and inspiring. The energy and ferocity in his work still stuns me.
Why is watercolor your go-to medium?
It’s interesting that I actually ended up with watercolor because it was a medium that I absolutely hated in art school. The class I had taken really just put a bitter taste in my mouth but - I ended up revisiting the medium not to long after the class and really found my own way of manipulating it. Watercolor has the ability to be extremely organic and unpredictable - it creates a sort of excitement while painting with it because you have to be ready for it to do it’s thing. Sometimes it does exactly what you want, other times colors will fight each other and refuse to mix. It adds a sort of life to the color and it’s something that I absolutely love about it. It’s a paint that you have to learn how to tame and manipulate.
What venue would you love to have your work displayed at?
An artist collaboration at Minna Gallery (http://www.111minnagallery.com/) here in San Francisco has always been a dream of mine - and I would love to show work in New York, but I need to explore that city first!
When does being an artist in San Francisco pay off the most?
San Francisco is so full of excitement - there is always an art opening, music everywhere, food galore. I believe that there is so much youth culture and honesty to draw from here whether it’d be from the hipsters to graffiti in the Mission or the beauty of the eucalyptus trees in the Presidio. It’s a city of many different facades which makes it so easy to go from one part to the other and be able to find a different source of inspiration or a completely different city feel. It’s brilliant being an artist in San Francisco because you never run out of ideas.