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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Stoked: VCJ is Back on Deck at Powell-Peralta Skateboards

(George Powell & VCJ)

Vernon Courtland Johnson is back on staff at Powell-Peralta and working on new graphics.

Growing up I totally wanted to be him. I even sent him a drawing of what I thought the new McGill graphic could look like. He was so nice that he not only sent me a response (with his trademark ‘VCJ’ stamp) but also included a copy of the yet-to-be-released Caballero design—the one with bats/bones background. I’ve still got it and will share here soon.

VCJ combined the incredible line quality of M.C. Escher with his own uniquely-warped sensibilities to create some of the most classic skateboard graphics of all time. None more parodied (mostly in tribute than jest) than the Ripper.

Here’s some of my favorites from the Rip The Ripper show back in 2009:

Steve SherlockThe Roper

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Shepard Fairey

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Jimbo Phillips (yes, son of the Jim Phillips)

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Kevin Marburg

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Justin “Angryblue” Kamerer

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Billy Bakker

See the full list of participating artists at SkateOne »

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VCJ GIF: The Patient Ripper
LA: Philippe’s French Dip and Lance Mountain
Skate: Black Light Powell Classic Decks
Skatebeard: Awesomely Bearded Deck by Mr Bingo
Gnarcade: 8-Bit Attack on Mt. Hood
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul
WTF: Skater Blown Up, Blow-Up Doll Unscathed
Adv: Skating A Full Pool
Art: Shadow Skaters by TR853-1
Stop Motion: Sorry I’m Late and Chalkpipe Skate Vid
Art Doc: Stacy Peralta Interviews Mike Shine for “Raw Meat On The Doorstep”
LA Street Art: Mike Giant on Melrose & Shepard Fairey / Obey Giant on Sunset

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