For this years Go Skateboarding Day, Team Rider Brian Anderson designed a Limited Edition GSD T-Shirt exclusively for CCS!
Brian’s been busy as hell lately, making consecutive stops from one part of the globe to another. We caught up with Brian while he was in Paris and asked him some questions about his art and the GSD T-shirt he designed.
When did you start drawing, making art? I’ve always had a pencil and paper as a kid growing up in a household with a blue-collar budget and huge family. We did a lot of arts and crafts under the light from the television. I’ve always had a sketchbook on tour cause you can save memories. Glue things in with glue sticks and tape. Memories, board graphic ideas, etc. Ed Templeton inspired me a lot!
Did you ever go to art school? I never went to art school. Took a few art classes in high school and always admired handmade skate art like Natas Kaupas, Keith Haring and graffiti.
Where did the idea for you to do this GSD/CCS collaboration T-shirt come from? Paul [CCS Team Manager] asked me if I wanted to draw some things for GSD, so I just did my usual little scribbles. Then someone from CCS took my drawings and scanned’em and layed’em out rad! Thanks guys! My reaction was happiness!
What was the inspiration behind the final design? Inspiration was just to draw people pushing, because that’s the root of the whole day, pushing down the street.
What mediums did you use to create the design? I just used a Sharpie as always, a pencil and a lighter. I like to burn holes in paper and draw around burn marks.
What were some other designs you made for the collaboration that didn’t make the cut? I just drew little dudes pushing and floating. I’m not a fine portrait artist but I just love to doodle. And because I’m self conscious, I just want to say if people ever say my sh*t looks like other peoples art it’s just a lot of are influenced by each other and a lot of us use Sharpies, so we have similar thicknesses of letters and stuff. I don’t know, it’s weird to talk about myself. I’m just a dude that likes to scribble and I like color and cave paintings. I’m not thinking I’m some genius fine artist. I did a license plate that didn’t work but I loved it. I’ll remix it for Girl or Fourstar. It said L8R SK8R. I want that license plate on my car!!!
What projects are you working on right now and for the future? I’m always doing projects. I gave Independent Trucks a bunch of scribbles. I hand painted a board for every one of my teammates on Girl skateboards and I’m designing a sneaker with Nike. I’m always doing Fourstar Clothing designs. A lot of behind the scenes sh*t and the art department at Girl is so awesome at turning my ideas into graphics for both Girl and Chocolate. Someday I’ll be a clothing designer that dabbles in footwear design with Nike, and also a painter. I’m moving to New York to start planning a future after skating. I’m 35, maybe when I’m 40 I’ll take my name off my board, but besides all that stuff I’m going to film a video part for Girl and Chocolate. Then the next project is the Nike video in 2 years. Contests are kind of a bummer now, except for Maloof and Tampa Pro or Copenhagen. I miss Europe contests.
Take care everyone. Learn slappies and inverts and switch back tails and try and skate vert. I’m gonna try and learn inverts and airs and switch back tails… gosh sorry I’m blabbering. Enjoy life skaterzzzzz.
CCS would like to thank all the sponsors of the t-shirt including Nike, Fourstar, Girl, Spitfire, and Independent.
Get your Brian Anderson Designed Limited Edition GSD Tee only at CCS!