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This section is my high school art. I spent a lot of spare time doing this stuff and unfortunately too much of my school time also. During this era I was hugely influenced by the sport of surfing. I was a major advocate of the sport, I ate, drank and slept surfing. I also surfed. I lived in the Philippines for 2 years where a friend taught me how. We had the waves to ourselves in tropical waters. Man, that was the life. I was also doing a lot of skin diving so you will see a couple of hokey shark drawings.   Hats off to Rick Griffin. I, like most surfers of the era copied his style. He was a major influence in my art to say the least. Take a look yourself.

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Slap Fight
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Pencil. Remember the euphoria when you thought you had a chance in a slap fight? New
Rich Kid
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Pencil. This is a rich kid, we are supposed to hate him because his dad has money.
Travelin' Man
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Pencil. Enlarged 30%. Going to Hawaii to get pounded by a monster wave.
Howdy Ho
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Pencil. This is how Mr. Hankey looked before a shark digested him.
Poor Iddle Guy
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Pencil. Awwww... the poor iddle surfer, the world stacked against him.
2nd Thoughts
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Pencil. Maybe 20 foot swells aren't as cool as he thought they would be...
West Surf Story
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Pencil. What happens when the West Side Surfers meet the South Side Hodads?.
At Attention
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Pencil. Even surfers must stand at attention, especially for inspection by Kahuna.
Here's Johnny
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Pencil. A surfer version of the famous Johnny Carson golf swing, sans club.
Search Engine
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Pencil. The very first search engine, before search engines were cool.
Joe Bennett
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Pencil. This is a picture I drew of my best friend in my senior year of high school.
Cartoon Run
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Pencil. Running with your arms straight in front, a classic cartoon staple.
Peace Maker
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Pencil. Picture snapped moments before both sides simultaneously slaughtered him.
Count Chocula
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Pencil. Back in the early days, this guy was a surfer apparently... says here anyway.
Meanie Pie
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Pencil. You sat next to him on the bus. You know who I'm talking about.
Sandy cheeks
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Pencil. Remember the first time you saw a pretty girl in a bikini?
Foam Fluffing
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Pencil. The lost art of surfing in an art colony.
A Surfer's Overhead
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Pencil. Even surfers have a bottom line and an overhead.
Smack Down
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Pencil. A Veterans day tribute to those Air Force fly boys.
What's up
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Pencil. Portrait of a man on the brink of finding out.
Directions
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Pencil. St. Peter must be a surfer because this is how I'll see him at the Pearly Gates.
Your Public
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Pencil. Portrait of the idiot who inevitably observes you doing something stupid.
Surf Couple
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Pencil. In the future the oceans will be so salty you will float on the very top.
Big Oaf
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Pencil. He's that slob in school who ruled because he weighed more than the gym coach.
Outside!
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India ink. In the future the oceans will be so salty you will float on the very top.
Rick & Ron
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Pencil. Rick Griffin and Ron Stoner from Surfer Magazine Circa 1964.
Surfer 14
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Pencil. When life serves lemons, maybe it's just trying to get rid of you.
Mutiny!
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Pencil. Rick Griffin and Ron Stoner from Surfer Magazine Circa 1964. This is a montage of two drawings the smaller image superimposed on the larger.
Farwell to Arms
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Pencil. Montage of surfers arming themselves.
Hot Sand!
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Pencil. The primordal dance of crossing hot sand.
Surfer 13
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Pencil. Montage of surfers with their boards.
Grimmie 5
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Pencil. Grimmies doing what grimmies do best.
Love Struck
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Pencil. Love, with pants on.
Tourist
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Pencil. The bane of local surfers, tourist surfers!
Surfer 12
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Pencil. Two views on running with a surfboard.
Mind Waves
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Pencil. Surfing the mind waves.
Wha??
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Pencil. Inspector Clouseau?
Heros
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Pencil. Real heros or have they been using the cheat codes?
Fore & Aft
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Pencil. The north and south of things.
Shrunk
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Pencil. The art of ridicule.
Kahuna 2
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Pencil. A Kahuna shall rise up and smite thee.
Finger Pointing
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Pencil. Finger pointing, 3 graphics combined.
Dufus Collage
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Pencil. Dufus collage, 4 graphics combined.
Girl Collage
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Pencil. Surfer girl collage, 4 graphics combined.
Wipeout2
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Pencil. The power of surfing laid bare for all to see.
Wipeout
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Pencil. Experience "Big Wednesday" with out all the shouting and dying.
Grimmie 4
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Pencil. Gosh, another grimmie. Like flies on seaweed.
Surfgoodies 2
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Pencil. Another wasted tribute to Surfgoodies Inc.
Surfer10
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Pencil. Old and yaller.
Slap Subic
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Pep poster for San Miguel vs Subic Bay - Smack down before smack down was cool.
Surfer Girl 1
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Pencil. Wanted to meet her.
Surfer 1
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India ink and colored pencil. Big water damage to this one.
Surfer 2
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Pencil. Real tans have cross hatching.
Surfer 3
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India ink and pencil. Major water damage.
Grimmie
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Pencil. The little bastard.
Hodad
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Pencil. A non surfer wanna be unclear on the concept.
Mariachi
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Fountain pen and pencil. Surfos upos!
Woodie 1
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India ink and Pencil. A bit rumpled.
Woodie 2
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Pencil. Is that a Dewey Weber decal in the window?
Grimmie 2
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Pencil. They're EVERYWHERE!!
Loser
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Pencil. When the pier shoots back.
Sarge
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Pencil. Beetle Bailey's non-com hits the beach.
Surfer 4
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Graphite and color pencil. Baggy before baggy was cool.
Surfer 5
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Pencil. Half size. Hanging 5 before hanging was cool.
Grimmie 3
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India Ink, color pencil. Half size. Grimmies will never be cool.
Woodie 3
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Pencil. If you can't take it with you, go surfing instead.
SurfGoodies
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Pencil and fountain pen. This was going to be my company shingle.
Belly Boarder
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Pencil. Long board to belly board fusion.
Kahuna 1
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Pencil. The wrath of Kahuna.
Willie
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Fountain pen and pencil. For all you crabby people out there.
Skateboard1
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Pencil. I learned on steel wheels. Yes, they had the wheel then.
Sun Hands
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Oil. My oil lens flares suck! Arms silhouetted by sun. Size is 50%
Surfer 6
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Pencil. Pictures like this covered my walls in my room.
Surfer 7
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India Ink and color pencil. Lots of touch up on this very yellowed graphic.
Surfer 8
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Pencil. This is a frame from the logging truck grill cam.
Surfer 9
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Pencil. BC surfs the very first wave in the primordial ocean.

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