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Jim Phillips

Surf Artist

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Jim Phillips

Santa Cruz, California

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Jim Phillips is a graphic artist best known for his rock posters, surf and skateboard art. Born in San Jose in 1944, he has lived most all his life in Santa Cruz, California. His first published work was in the spring issue of Surfer Quarterly, 1962. His "Woody" a winner of a 1961 surf car cartoon contest announced by the magazine, and his surf art appeared in many surfing publications during the 1960s.

His earliest jobs were in various surfboard shops manufacturing surfboards, much of that work was applying art and design to surfboards. In 1965 to 1966 he attended California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland. Jim created more than 100 rock posters since 1967 beginning with an art studio job at the Crosstown Bus in Boston. His second poster was for the first East coast appearance of The Doors. Jim spent that summer working as a studio artist at the club, and worked the light show with an assistant named Dolly who later became his wife.

His experience in rock art led Jim to eventually become Art Director of Family Dog and Maritime Hall in San Francisco and created many posters for Bill Graham Presents, and other venues. Beginning in 1975, and for many years, Phillips was Art Director for Santa Cruz Skateboards where he created thousands of skateboard decks, t-shirt, sticker, and ad art designs.

Jim currently continues art with his exclusive connection to Santa Cruz/NHS creating special edition decks and many other new products in the skateboard and surfboard markets. See more of his graphic design at www.jimphillips.com

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