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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Korero Books LLP (30 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907621083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907621086
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 22.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Reef on 15 Jan. 2013
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Zap, rip and slash, slide through tumultuous barrels, across tropical aquaria. This latest volume in the Kustom Graphics series turns to the aesthetic explosion that was and is surfing graphic art. 250 gorgeously produced pages of stunning, mind blowing surf art, that practically leaps off the page in a phantasmagoria of rich colour and swirling composition. In fact I'm quite favourably disposed towards this book.

The volume is composed of a collation of selected works of 40 odd graphic surf artists spanning for instance the Frankinstieniana of Damian Fulton, cartoon tales of Pat Grant, toned hula babes and tube monsters of Chuck Majewski, dream colour schemas of Al Mcwhite, intricately realized immaculate worlds of Rick Rietveld, and the Tiki kitch troppo fun of Brad Parker and Thor (the Disneyland ride designer). Even though by it's very nature such artwork has an immediate appeal, I'm finding that the more I look through the book the more I like it. Personally I find the cover picture, `Hand Wave' by doyen of kustom art, Jim Phillips, although striking, one of the least appealing works in the volume, there is so much terrific material inside.

The authors have succeeded in drawing together a wealth of diverse material, which somehow goes beyond the shared subject matter, to unfold like variations upon an aesthetic theme. Further pervading threads include 60s pop art, skulls, ghouls and zombies, and those tight juxtapositions of towering beach breaks and dysfunctional cityscapes. Such urban dystopias are probably closer to many surfers experience today, than the spacious tropicalias that dominate so much of the more customary surf art.
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By C. De Bie on 5 Mar. 2014
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Again, an excellent compilation of various artists, the quality of the book is very good and hopefully more of these will come in the near future!
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By Inksville on 9 July 2014
As with all of Yak's and Korero books you will not be disappointed.
Well researched, perfect layout and vibrant….get your surf on
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Zap, we gotta a genre 15 Jan. 2013
By Nick Reef - Published on Amazon.com
Zap, rip and slash, slide through tumultuous barrels, across tropical aquaria. This latest volume in the Kustom Graphics series turns to the aesthetic explosion that was and is surfing graphic art. 250 gorgeously produced pages of stunning, mind blowing surf art, that practically leaps off the page in a phantasmagoria of rich colour and swirling composition. In fact I'm quite favourably disposed towards this book.

The volume is composed of a collation of selected works of 40 odd graphic surf artists spanning for instance the Frankinstieniana of Damian Fulton, cartoon tales of Pat Grant, toned hula babes and tube monsters of Chuck Majewski, dream colour schemas of Al Mcwhite, intricately realized immaculate worlds of Rick Rietveld, and the Tiki kitch troppo fun of Brad Parker and Thor (the Disneyland ride designer). Even though by it's very nature such artwork has an immediate appeal, I'm finding that the more I look through the book the more I like it. Personally I find the cover picture, `Hand Wave' by doyen of kustom art, Jim Phillips, although very striking, one of the least appealing works in the volume, there is so much terrific material inside.

The authors have succeeded in drawing together a wealth of diverse material, which somehow goes beyond the shared subject matter, to unfold like variations upon an aesthetic theme. Further pervading threads include 60s pop art, the ubiquitous eyeball, skulls, ghouls and zombies, and those tight juxtapositions of towering beach breaks and dysfunctional cityscapes. Such urban dystopias are probably closer to many surfers experience today, than the spacious tropicalias that dominate so much of the more customary surf art.

For me personally it's wonderful to see once again the surf art nouveau of Bill Ogden (of `The Forgotten Island of Santosha' poster fame) and the unmistakable swirling, flaming sundrenched wave and beach scapes of Drew Brophy, that reach back to my childhood. Such works nostalgically tug at faintly recalled teen intimations of dreamed paradises, which went hand-in-hand with later years of the search for the perfect wave. Although surf art is part of the cerebral, encultured and reflective dream of surfing, these works are so visceral that they seem to connect with the energies of our direct experience of waves.

For each artist, there is a short, and highly informative, paragraph that touches upon their biography and influences. Many of the artists highlight the influence of Rick Griffin, whose works are not actually in this collation. However such an omission was probably warranted as examples of his work can be found in practically everything published in surfing, and there are also some excellent monographs on his work, such as `Rick Griffin' by McClelland (2002). It would perhaps have been useful if the dates had accompanied each artwork, as what is striking is the enormous stylistic continuity over 50 years in what is now a clearly identifiable art genre. Maybe the book could have benefited from a further essay (other than the excellent short introduction by Jim Phillips) on the cultural analysis of this genre. However these are minor quibbles, my thanks to the compiler, Yahya El-Droubie, and author, Ian Parliament, for putting together this stunning book.
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Totally Amped 29 Aug. 2012
By Foxey - Published on Amazon.com
This book is great. Wonderful companion the Kustom Graphics books.Packed full of images. Total inspiration. Would appeal to graphic designers, illustrators and even tattooist as much as surfers.
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SKATE SURF ART CULTURE 11 Mar. 2013
By ROBERTO F R TUNES - Published on Amazon.com
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It's the great compilation of the SURF/Skate art and culture.
Required on your library.
Required on any library.
I recommend.
The 50 BEST "Low-Brow Artists in the World show their BEST ART! 8 Nov. 2013
By Old Man Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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A huge Book Full of the Very BEST "Pop-Surrealistic Art" being made today. Be hip, and discover the newest , biggest art movement to shake up the ART world since Dali and Andy!
Time capsule.. both history and contemporary.. 30 Sept. 2014
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Time capsule..both history and contemporary..FUN
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