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Surf Skate & Rock Art of Jim Phillips [Paperback]

Jim Phillips

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15 Dec 2003
Thousands of artistic graphic illustrations, from motorcycles to health food and including rock posters, surf, and skateboard art, jump off these pages. Bold and dynamic "bad boy" and "hippie" themes in bright and startling colors command your attention to the incredible detail included. Jim Phillips delights in original imagery to convey his unique reflections of the popular world. Since 1962, he has published award-winning graphic designs for cartoons, skateboards, t-shirts, stickers, rock posters, and ad art. The works assembled for this book, from collections world-wide, represent over fifty years of creativity and document the powerful youth movement in America.

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An art book that ignores the art 7 Jan 2005
By PCM2 - Published on Amazon.com
I ordered this book sight-unseen, having been a big fan of Jim Phillips' skateboard art when I was a teenager. But ultimately, when it arrived I found it to be a real disappointment.

Almost none of the art is reproduced from the originals. Skate stickers, for example, are all printed from the stickers themselves, as far as I can see, with little attempt to clean them up for print. I counted exactly one picture of a work in progress. Plus, they seem to be trying to create the "comprehensive" book of Phillips' art (despite not having access to any of it), so they chose quantity over quality. As in, there's a million zillion pieces of art in the book, all reproduced at about 15% size. I'm not kidding -- there are entire twelve-page comics he drew reprinted here, where all 12 pages are laid out on A SINGLE PAGE OF THE BOOK, almost completely illegible. Bummer.

Much of the rest of the page space is taken up with this long, rambling essay about the artist's life. There's little discussion about art technique, influences or inspiration; most of it is about Phillips' experiences in Santa Cruz, hanging out with people, going to shows and surfing. I've lived in Santa Cruz. I'm sure he had a fun time and all, but it's not a very interesting life to read about. Needless to say, I couldn't get more than a few paragraphs into the saga, even though it often dominates entire pages, with drawings crammed into the margins at maginfying-glass defying size, like some high school kid's doodles.

The editor seemed more interested in some of Jim Phillips' rock posters for the Maritime Hall than he was with the skate stuff, because some of those are reprinted fairly well, on full pages. Strange choice of emphasis, though, for a book that places the "screaming hand" (Phillips' most instantly-recognizable iconic image) on the front cover.

You'll notice that Amazon lists this book's author as Jim Phillips. I doubt the man himself had anything to do with putting it together. This accredation is just to make up for the strange omission of an author's name. Nobody is credited with this book at all, that I could find. The overall impression is that it was either a fan's scrap-book labor of love, or just slapped together for a quick buck. Phillips' art deserves a better treatment.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly forgotton artist of a bygone era... 23 July 2007
By Karl P. - Published on Amazon.com
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Jim Phillips is one of my all time favorite artists! The very first time I saw one of his graphics was (for me) on the Santa Cruz skating gear in the late eighties...I would never buy or purchase any other gear, I also believed that the Santa Cruz gear had the VERY best graphics and any of the others were either badly executed or a very very poor imitation...so why not go with tthe BEST? The graphics simply blew my mind! I immediately felt a connection to the drawings (viscerally), for me they were as influential and as important as Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's images were to hot rodders in the 50s...it was amazing to have something that was of the same draftsmanship and gross-ness, violence and horror as those3 Big Daddy Roth graphics...To this day I own a Rob Roscopp deck from about '89...I barely used it, because I never wanted to mess up the gorgeous image that was printed onto the bottom of the board (also, truth be told I was never much of a 'skater' at all...I mostly hung out with them and listened to the same music)...today that Roskopp deck hangs in my studio as I create my very own graphics and images inspired in large part by this magnificentt artist: Jim Phillips! God bless you Jim, I never thought you got enough recognition or fame...kudos, and here's to ya! You influenced so many people in my field and of my generation...I'm so gald they finally put a book out on you!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Jim Phillips Art Book 1 April 2014
By cc - Published on Amazon.com
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A Great Jim Phillips Art Book. A healthy size book full of many many great images and historical Jim Phillips info. Great present for a skater!
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 22 Mar 2014
By robert drawbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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fantastic book, i have always been a fan of Jim Phillips surf and skate work, but after reading this i am now a fan of his gig poster as well, pre airbrush, of course. it was great to see how his worked evolved over the years. i'm very happy with the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars dig surf art 4 Jan 2014
By Dean A. Ober - Published on Amazon.com
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always have dug the surf art scene- very progressive and cool. book was a great slice in a young artist's world
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