An Art Show Celebrating Thirty Years of the Screaming Hand A tribute to the artist Jim Phillips and a skateboarding icon
In 1985, in a small art studio on the Eastside of Santa Cruz, CA, Jim Phillips Sr. was creating images that unbeknownst to him would affect generations of artists and skateboarders to come. Of all of the iconic imagery that Jim has created; the Screaming Hand logo has stood the test of time. Thirty years after its inception, the Screaming Hand still remains an unmistakable symbol of youth and skateboard culture.
In honor of Jim Phillips Sr. and the Screaming Hand logo, Santa Cruz has invited over 48 of the world’s most influential artists of the past 30 years to interpret and pay homage to this iconic image. For the inaugural show in Los Angeles, The Seventh Letter has curated a collective of artists to give another perspective and show how the logo has influenced artists from all walks.
Featured Artists include: Jim Phillips Sr., Jimbo Phillips, Colby Phillips, Jeremy Fish, Mike Giant, Todd Bratrud, Bigfoot, Michael Sieben, John Lucero, John Munnerlyn, Steve Caballero, Steve Olson, Natas Kaupus, Eric Dressen, Thomas Campbell, Sean Cliver, Mark Gonzales, Benny Gold, Jason Jessee, Mark Widmann, Makoto Yamaki, Skinner and many more.
The Seventh Letter curated artists: 2Shae, Alon Bonder, Aroe, Axis, BOM.K, Defer, Drew Merritt, Ewok, Fate, Felipe Pantone, Gustavo Rimada, Kasl, Kkade Schwarzmaler, Know Hope, Krush, Manny Sayes, MQISM, OG Abel, Omens, QP, PM Tenore, Retna, Reyes, Rick Klotz, Sebastien Walker, Sergio Garcia, Slick, Steel, TapeMetalCanvas, Trav, Tyke Witnes and more!
The kickoff public event will be on Saturday July 11th, 2015 from 6 to 10pm at The Seventh Letter Gallery on Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles. Limited Edition signed prints, decks and zines will be available. Kid Robot Purple Screaming Hands figurines (edition of 15) will be auctioned off benefiting Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support.
This date coincides with the weekend after the closing of the Agenda international tradeshow in Long Beach, California. The art show will then travel to Vancouver, London, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Taipei, Tokyo, and then back to the USA followed by 15 USA locations including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, Seattle and more.
The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Bates began writing graffiti in his early teens and despite his tender age soon became one of the most prolific artists within Copenhagen’s budding hip-hop scene of the mid 1980-ties. Already in 1989 he was considered among the leading elite of European graffiti artists, including names such as Loomit from Germany, Mode 2 and Bando from Paris, Delta and Shoe from Amsterdam.
With the internationalization of the European graffiti of the early 1990-ties the rumor of Bates stylistic elegance spread even further and he soon became of the most sought after artists for the big venues around the continent and overseas. He has been invited to paint in more than 30 countries, on all five continents. In 1998 he was the second artist to be featured in On the Run’s biographical series on international graffiti writers. In his graffiti art Bates combines a traditionalist New York feeling for style, with an emphasis on a logic flow of letters, dynamic and swinging rhythms of bars and arrows, with a European sense of technique, of sharp lines, with a graphic verve and an near flawless can control.
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Photographs by @lost_andfound_
INTO THE VOID
An Art Exhibit Inspired by Jiu Jitsu and Combat Arts
April 25 – May 9, 2015
The Seventh Letter Gallery
346 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez
Sergio “Surge” Hernandez
Robert Abeyta Jr.
THE GENTLE ART SESSIONS
Curated by Bear Quitugua:
Mendes Brothers, Sinistro, Orlando Sanchez, Karen Antunes, Joao Assis, Micheal Liera Jr, Lucas Rocha, Marcelo Mafna, Johnny Faria, Joel Tudor & Friends