We did a mini “Get to Know” with Vernon Courtland Johnson, creator of some of the most popular and coveted graphics from Powell-Peralta and skateboarding in general. If you’re lost, then just look at the pictures. Classic doesn’t even describe them. Forged in our memories forever, we can now see these icons transcend the generations as we get ready for a new revolution of rippers. Stay tuned for updates from the Bones Brigade Chronicles.
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How important is art to you?
-“Art is a game worth playing. It keeps me inspired. Life seems flat, nondescript without it.”
What makes deck graphics different from other artwork?
-“Commercial art aims to inspire others. Personal art aims to inspire myself.”
What was your favorite graphic?
-“I have no favorites, I like inspired work.”
What’s it like seeing your images assent to the ranks of cultural icons?
-“Most icons will breed when dropped on the floor of investigation and truth. Drop mine and see.”
Why do you think people connected with your art like they did?
-“Mystic symbols, well crafted and marketed.”
What’s the best thing about working with Powell-Peralta?
-“Generating new ideas and sharing my process with other artists.”