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Alex Knost Bonzer | RVCA Surf

Alex Knost pays homage to The Campbell Bros and their revolutionary surfboard design, the Bonzer. The Bonzer was the first standardized tri-fin surfboard created in 1970 by Malcolm and Duncan Campbell. Over the past year, Knost's friendship with the Campbell Bro's has become a catalyst for several retrospective art exhibitions, exclusive clothing collections, and custom shaped boards. We are honored to commemorate the Campbell Brothers and their forward-thinking surfboard designs with this RVCA x Campbell Bros collection. View the full collection of trunks, tees & more here: RVCA X Campbell Brothers.


Smith Street Tattoo | Collection BBQ

RVCA is proud to present its inaugural clothing collection with the world-renowned Smith Street Tattoo Parlour. SSTP was founded in 2008 by ANP Artist, Bert Krak and Steve Boltz - located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn NY. The SSTP crew is made up of legendary traditional American tattoo artists: Bert Krak, Steve Boltz, Eli Quinters, Frank William and Chris Howell. Smith Street Tattoo Parlour is regarded as one of the greatest tattoo parlours in the world -- fans will book months in advance and will travel thousands of miles to get injected with SSTP's authentic Brooklyn ink.

Our relationship with Smith Street began with Bert Krak and his friendship with RVCA founder, PM Tenore. Bert became a member of the Artist Network Program in 2013 and been considered family ever since. To celebrate the launch of the new Smith Street Tattoo Parlour collection, Bert and his team hosted the RVCA family at their parlour with a private backyard BBQ. Special thanks to Bert, Smith Street Artists and friends, and Traeger Grills for their support in this celebration. Photos by Andrea DoSouto.

Shop the Smith Street Tattoo Collection here.





On the Edge of A Dream | Ellis Ericson

September 28 RVCA HQ hosted the premiere of Ellis Ericson & Andrew Kidman's surf film, On The Edge of A Dream. Ellis & Kidman have kicked off a USA premiere tour to celebrate the release of their new film. The project

For the past five years, Ellis Ericson and Andrew Kidman have been working with George Greenough on the modern evolution of his Edge Board design.

Ericson and Kidman are both shapers; the book and film chart their journey as they work with Greenough to personalise their own equipment with a design George have been toying around with since the late ‘60s.

Shot in Australia on the North Coast of New South Wales it features the original venues Lennox Head and Angourie where Greenough’s innovative Edge designs were tested in the early ‘70s.


Kevin "Spanky" Long | The Nine Club

Our favourite skateboarding podcast, The Nine Club has longtime RVCA Advocate, Kevin “Spanky” Long on their show. Kevin has been a legendary and storied career in skateboarding for more than 20 years, including being pro for Baker Skateboards for more than a decade. Chris Roberts, Rog, and Kelly dive into Spanky's career and cover tons of awesome stories, ranging from hilarious hijinx to an absolutely terrifying lifethreating experience. Click here to listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts or your favourite Podcast app


Herbie & Dibi Fletcher + Barry McGee MCASB

Barry McGee's SB Mid Summer Intensive at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is winding down and the exhibition will end October 14. Professional surfer and RVCA Advocate Herbie Fletcher produced a short film looking back at the opening weekend. Barry & Herbie surf Rincon and give an inside look at this exhibtion.


Kelsey Brookes Exhibition | Fibonacci Waveforms and Capsid Symmetries

September 29th marked the opening reception of ANP artist Kelsey Brookes exhibition at Quint Gallery, titled "Fibonacci, Waveforms, and Capsid Symmetries" in San Diego, California. Kelsey Brookes has been making sculptures for most of 2018. "It's been an eye-opening experience and a mostly enjoyable process."The show's title (noted as a mouthful by the Kelsey) Fibonacci, Waveforms, and Capsid Symmetries" features vibrant, colourful sculptures made/painted using mathematics and science. Inspired by the Italian mathematician, Fibonacci , considered to be "the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages". Fibonacci is most notable for creating the Fibonacci Sequence. "The order goes as follows: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 and on to infinity. Each number is the sum of the previous two. This series of numbers is known as the Fibonacci numbers or the Fibonacci sequence. The ratio between the numbers (1.618034) is frequently called the golden ratio or golden number." - How Stuff Works

"The famous Fibonacci sequence has captivated mathematicians, artists (like Kelsey Brookes), designers, and scientists for centuries. Also known as the Golden Ratio, its ubiquity and astounding functionality in nature suggest its importance as a fundamental characteristic of the Universe." - Gizmodo

If you're not familiar with Kelsey Brookes, his art and the Artist Network Program, check out his bio and more here.

More about this exhibition from the artist himself, "Viruses can be organized using many different features, for my upcoming show at Quint Gallery. I am focusing in on a broad morphological classification system usgin capsid symmetry as a starting point to create these paintings/scupltures. My past career as a microbiologist really coming in handy a decade later. You really never know here life will take you, do you?"

To celebrate the opening reception of Kelsey's exhibition, we've released a new RVCA Platform t-shirt (image below)


Benjamin Jeanjean | True Stories

Since his acclaimed "True Stories" (2016) showcase at Adhocpad Gallery in Vienna, Austria, artist Benjamin Jeanjean "True Stories" exhibition has now become a long-term project for the ANP Artist and a new philanthropic focus for RVCA. Inspired by True Stories, RVCA created a clothing collection to celebrate Jeanjean's art, his book and the catalyst it's become in raising awareness for refugees. The True Stories collection has become a vehicle that is now supporting non-profits helping refugees from war-torn countries. Proceeds from this collection will be donated to a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly in aiding refugees around the globe.

True Stories:

A struggle for life, freedom and humanity

As told by refugees and illustrated by ANP Artist, Benjamin Jeanjean

"This is about a project that started with a feeling. The feeling that we are all Humans. No matter if we are black or white, good or bad, no matter where you came from. I want to step out of my imaginary sanctuary and bring reality to life. To illustrate their stories. TRUE STORIES. Let yourself get dragged into their struggle. it is also our struggle for life." - Benjamin Jeanjean

ANP artist Benjamin Jeanjean spent a month living and diving into the life stories of Ali, Firas and other war refugees coming from Middle-East to capture and witness their true stories…

With his signature drawings and illustrations, Jeanjean committed to bringing to life those words and moments as told by those who have gone through such unforgettable life-changing experiences.

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More on Jeanjean and his art:

Based in Southwest France, Benjamin JeanJean’s art stands for a neo-symbolism based on contemporary aesthetics. As an artist he is normally looking for inspiration in the unknown, a surreal world that lives from people’s dreams, thoughts and fears. But after having met Ali and other refugees during an art project in Vienna in 2016, he wanted to step out of this imaginary sanctuary. To bring reality to life. To illustrate the reality of refugees. To tell their stories. True stories.

"The essence of my art didn’t change though. I want people to look closer. This is when their imagination kicks in and the unconscious takes over. Skulls, for example, are only skulls at first glance. But in fact, they represent any human: blacks, whites, Syrians, Austrians, Americans, good people, bad people, workers, doctors, politicians, you, me. We all have a skull, we all are human beings. There is a story behind each human, and each story is worth being told." -- Benjamin JeanJean.

Video: Directed/Edited by Sebastien Chebassier (EnArrO prod.) Filmed by Christian Fischer.
Music: 'Be Cold' by Concorde.


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