“Rise & Grind”, pays tribute to one of the most iconic and influential skateboarders in history, “The Chosen One” himself, the late, great Jay Adams. Skate culture has canonized Adams for decades, but the mainstream public likely first became aware of him from the 2001 skate documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys or the 2005 movie Lords of Dogtown.
More specifically this painting was inspired by the Luke Hudson photo published on the cover of Thrasher Magazine in 1989 with Jay Adams slashing a frontside grind In a pool.I remember getting that issue in the mail as a teenager. I had long been inspired by the Dogtown crew and then later, the Bones Brigade throughout my childhood. Those guys contributed to me not only chasing down backyard halfpipes as a kid but eventually wanting to learn to surf.
I wasn’t looking to reproduce the famous photo for this painting, but rather pull from it and add a flavor of my own, just as generations of skaters and surfers have been doing for decades. I took liberty on tweaking the anatomy and warping the perspective and stretching the elongated limbs with the same free-flowing energy that I would imagine my skate heroes manipulated the transitions empty pools and ramps.