“Tales from the Tube” by Rick Griffin

Greetings, Shredderz! The Sagas of Shred series that I publish every Thursday evening usually features surf ads. Lately, though, I’ve taken an interest in old surf movie posters. I guess technically you could consider these ads, although they feel very different from the surfwear campaigns that are usually featured.

Rick Griffin is rightfully considered one of surfing’s finest (and best known) artists, and in particular, I love seeing his movie posters. Earlier I featured an awesome hand drawn ad he drew for “Spinning Boards”; and his psychedelic work for “Pacific Vibrations”. Pictured above is Griffin’s artwork for “Tales in the Tube.” I originally found this photo on Pinterest. Interestingly enough, the Orange County Register shows another version of Griffin’s artwork, but it is mirrored and appears to have a signature on it, making me wonder if the movie poster version was flipped. No matter which way you cut it, it’s a remarkable piece of artwork that captures the awe and thrills of surfing while also presenting it in a unique and creative way. Honestly, don’t bother reading what I have to say about Griffin’s incredible artwork — your time is better spent admiring the painting and noticing how it makes you feel.

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back next Thursday with more Sagas of Shred!

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