Tony Alva

Skate And Create


Set to be an Olympic Sport in Japan 2020, Skateboarding has come a long way since the days of the “Sidewalk Surfers” of California in the 1950’s.
Once primarily used as an alternative for when the waves didn’t allow any surfing. It would soon much more attention than anyone would ever expect, and a new subculture was born.
And it wouldn’t be long before the board itself became a canvas for painters, street artists, graphic designers, cartoonists and many more.

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Gustave Courbet – Self-Portrait (The Desperate Man)

Describing Illness Through Mental Pictures

It seems our language is fairly ineffective when it comes to describing mental illness.
When we feel sad for a day or two, we’re depressed. A colleague who becomes terribly competitive when the manager is around must be schizophrenic, and we all know someone who’ll describe his ex-girlfriend as psychotic.

But when we use these words like this, they don’t illustrate the right picture of such an illness.
But some people can do it with a minimal use of words.

Gemma CorrellGemma Correll

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The Illustrated Brexit

Regardless of your position on the matter, it’s nearly impossible to have not heard anything about Brexit. The catchy nickname given to the Referendum of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union. 51.9% of voters chose to leave the European Union, and the reaction to this development is mixed.

But politics have historically proven to be a great source of inspiration for artists. And Brexit hasn’t disappointed in this aspect so far.
So instead of getting caught up in the details, let’s look at some of that art instead. Continue reading…

Red double decker London bus

A Century of Fiep Westendorp

If you grew up in The Netherlands, it’s more than likely you’ve spent more time with the artwork of Fiep Westendorp than you did with your brothers and sisters. With 2016 being the 100th anniversary of her birth, it’s well worth celebrating a woman whose work that has influenced so many Dutch children with her work on classics like Jip & Janneke. And it’s being celebrated with expositions, theater, educational packages and many more initiatives.

Fiep Westendorp drawing

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Igor Burlakov

Why Draw A Card When You Can Draw A Board Game?

I don’t know about you, but I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions. They are either major long term goals that require consistent effort, or too abstract to plan accordingly, and I guess that’s why it’s so common to fail. But this year I found myself taking the risk, and decided I was going to play board games! I figured it’d be as a good a reason as any to be social, and I’d been curious for a while. But with which board game do we start? With most of the classic games being as old as papyrus, the artwork is never a real help either.

Early Monopoly Collage
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Bookmark This Page!

The evolution of technology is a curious thing. Now that tablets and E-readers have become common household items, odds are there are households that will attempt to go paperless. Unfortunately this means that they will also move away from the magic of books, and this means there will be people growing up to whom a bookmark is only something they click if they want to quickly reach their favorite website.

Adventure boomark

And that’s a shame, because there’s a lot of joy to be found in bookmarks, and seeing one being placed in the bag as you purchase another book to add to your pile of “Still need to read, but had to have when I find the time” always adds a sense of wonder and excitement.

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Unoccupied: The Geneva Convention In Pictures

The original Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the 1967 Geneva Conventions for Refugees –– and their respective protocols –– are highly relevant in today’s world. But how many people know what they are and who is holding the world’s governments accountable for the promises they made for you and on your behalf? Unoccupied: The Geneva Convention In Pictures aims to illustrate these complex topics to share them more broadly with us. Shayne Smart, visual thinker and business strategist, presents his idea at the coming The Open Draw Nights in Amsterdam on Monday 19 October and hosts his own event and workshop on Saturday 7 November. Continue reading…