Monday, March 30, 2009


This was the first, Emma Peel has mass appeal, well that is what I would tell people the meaning of the board was. Emma Peel(actress Dianna Rigg) was a secret agent character from a British TV series in the 60's called The Avengers. I remember seeing the show late at night when I was a little boy, and it scared me. Then, during the time I was snowboarding alot and beginning to work for a snowboard maker(Mervin Mfg.) I was living with my friend Paul Ferrel's parents, and everyday before I went to work I would watch re-runs of The Avengers on the A&E channel, and thought it was the raddest shit, I especially thought the character Emma Peel was the coolest, most bad ass woman. I became infatuated with Emma Peel. During this time I was becoming frustrated riding snowboards because the ones I was riding where not holding there edge and washing out(my goal was to emulate skiers+freestylers). I did not even want to ride anymore. I think alot of people wanted the same thing, even Mike & Pete(the owners of Mervin), and I really do not how it came about, but I think because I continued to hound , and beg for it , and insisted on a board called the Emma Peel, Mike and Pete decided to design something that would go in the line up of production boards. I had already done some art for Mervin's trade show booth that was totally low budge garage stlye, and I just remember Jamie and Circe(Lib Tech riders) saying to everyone that I should do the graphic. At this time I was totally stoked on Mike Ranquet's Lamar graphic(with the pool table and stick with balls), and wanted to do something like it. Unfortuanately, Mervin was not making boards you could sublimate on, so the graphic I designed was silk screened, and produced in a two-dimensional color(which I thought looked great). It was an insane board to ride, with its deep side-cut, and proportionally sized effective edge , you could kill it. Eventually many of the riders who wanted it, disliked it , because of its deep sidecut and how it would hook and grab you into a carve. I personally thought the board was satisfiying, but I think for most, it was not that appealling.It was the beginning of the spin-o-jib era, and the Emma Peel board was hard to ride for most people.It took you for a ride. Mervin kept on making the board and I kept on coming up with the artwork, it was a challenge to try and come up with something different every year. I had become inspired to do art again, and not take the skills for granted. I think I got a little lucky getting hooked at Mervin, they let me do whatever art I wanted eventho my stuff was often times pretty risky. I have gained alot of knowledge from my experience being able to do art for Mervin, and it has been awesome.

No comments: