There are a few artists who made me want to do what I do, and this suite’s guest artist is one of them. Growing up, Vance Court Johnson’s (VCJ) work was the holiest of holies. His art for Powell Peralta is still viewed by many as the best skate art ever ( apologies to Jim Phillips, Pushead, and Mark Mckee!) and his work made me want to do skate decks, t-shirts, stickers, and posters. His art showed me the power of solid technique, iconography, and in your face radness. His work is timeless, and is just as great today as it was over twenty years ago.
VCJ is the man, and i owe him many thanks, and know many an artist that feels the same way.
He is also a bit of a myth, being that he dropped out of skate art for many, many years, and only within the last few has resurfaced to the skate world with his work for Pocket Pistols skates. All credit for this is due to Matt French (an insane artist as well as skater) and Chicken that this suite is possible, as they trusted me to make a quality print of a piece that not only represents VCJ but their company as well.
These dudes rule, in other words.
Since the guest artist was a hero to me, and his piece is a skeleton working a fast food window, I took a suggestion from my good friend Matt Loomis and had the theme of this suite represent “fast food death” mixing some pop culture consumerism with a tribute to the VCJ skulls i know and love. I Had a blast drawing them, so I hope you like it too.