A Release we love: RVCA’s Blind Girl Surf Club
It’s testing to make a collaboration between an artist and a brand seem anything other than contrived. Generally the company pays an artist and they do some squiggles that end up on a boardshort, and all involved hang their hat on perceived cultural relevance. RVCA’s Blind Girl Surf Club is the antithesis to this. The […]
It’s testing to make a collaboration between an artist and a brand seem anything other than contrived. Generally the company pays an artist and they do some squiggles that end up on a boardshort, and all involved hang their hat on perceived cultural relevance. RVCA’s Blind Girl Surf Club is the antithesis to this. The BGSC was created by Julian Schnabel and Herbie Fletcher (of Astrodeck and super-sperm fame) because they were pals, and they enjoyed surfing together. That’s organic folks.
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Julian Schnabel is a name synonymous with art, sculpture and perhaps most significantly, film. Mr Schnabel resides in East Village NYC, in a house with a trophy cabinet that houses a Golden Globe, a Bafta, and a Cannes Film Festival trophy to name a few. His broken plate paintings in the eighties catapulted him onto the art stage, and he’s renowned for walking around The Village in pyjamas splattered with paint. Perfect.
The capsule’s scattered with Mr Schnabel’s 2002 series of paintings entitled ‘Big Girl,’ and originally came about because he an Herbie Fletcher agreed that it looked amazing when translated to their surfboards. Described by the New York Times as having an, “interesting, reckless theatricality about it,” the series originated from an amateur portrait Mr Schnabel found in a thrift store that he added his own slant to. The RVCA release features long sleeves, hoods, hats, and trunks so soft and well tailored to the slender man, that they did the disappearing act in record time after the friendly man in the yellow and red uniform dropped them off at Stab HQ. It’s worth nothing that as yet the certifiably awesome robes pictured above are not for sale, but here’s to hoping! If you fancy adding some cultural significance to your wardrobe, then flick through the one off Blind Girl racks here.
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