GET RAD!

This is the first of several shows I have coming up here in the next few months
and something I've been wanting to do for a long time now. It's no secret that just
about everyone working actively in the visual arts today takes a great deal of inspiration
from the culture of skateboarding. Before the internet made it so easy to find out what's
cool we were forced to get out there and put in work. I can think of no other single
entity that embodied all the things that molded my tastes to what they are today than
skateboarding. Whether it was Thrasher or Big Brother magazine or the countless
number of videos taking us to places we'd never seen, playing music we'd never
heard.

Then of course there are the decks. The literal art of the skateboard. My first exposure
to the world of art that truly blew my mind. Designed by an endless who's who list of artists
from all over the spectrum. An art gallery on wheels that loses it's original gallery presentation
after the first ride.  A shame, almost.

Almost a shame, but not, as after the decks are ridden they take on a new life, grow character
and tell the story of the person who rides it. You'll never forget eating it on the stairs of the
library when the chunk off the nose of your deck is a reminder. Or the red streak of paint through
the Anti-Hero pigeon graphic that you got from grinding all the way down a 20 foot rail. Or
having to write a girl's phone number on the bottom of your deck with a fat tip sharpie
because you didn't have a piece of paper to write it on. Like postcards or souvenir spoons
from family trips. But better. Because you're not at Silver Dollar City with your parents.
You're out killing it with your homeys, hollering at girls, tagging walls to tell anyone
who later comes along that you were there, or simply getting out of your head for the
day, bugging out with your headphones on a solo crosstown journey. Your deck is there.


To this day Ed Templeton and Mark Gonzales remain two of my idols. Their distinctive style of simple, child-like hand drawn illustrations and "proper design" along with their ability to seamlessly blend the worlds of skateboarding and art into businesses that I'm sure more than simply fund
their livelihood and has also  put them at the forefront of the gallery circuit for all of their artistic
endeavors. I think if you ask anyone their heroes in skateboarding you'll get Ed and Gonz far
more than Tony. 

GET RAD! is being organized by Mr. Christopher Trenary, artist and owner of NOTES AND
NOISES record store and Matt Headley, artist and owner of RED SEA TATTOO. I've contributed
a few poster and postcard designs to the mix and will have a deck in the show as well. ANTIMOSITY
will be performing. This will without a doubt  be a hot, sweaty, wicked show. The first of it's kind for Wichita. And it's not on a Final Friday cuz that shit kinda sucks now so everyone there wants to be there. For the art, not the free finger foods and cheap wine (neither of those things will be present at this show) Come out!

Shouts to Heath Leffel for the killer painting on the first flyer below. 

Keep an eye on the website set up for updates:
GETRADSK8SHOW.TUMBLR.COM

OTHER SITES TO PEEP:
ED TEMPLTETON - http://www.toymachine.com/ed/   /// http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Templeton
MARK GONZALES - http://krook3d.com/   /////  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Gonzales
MATT HEADLEY / RED SEA TATTOO - http://www.redseatattoo.com/
CHRISTOPHER TRENARY - http://www.themisterchristopher.com/   ////  http://www.notesandnoises.com/
HEATH LEFFEL - http://heathenry.blogspot.com/  ///// http://hellbombtattoo.blogspot.com/