Published on March 8th, 2016 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Volcom Presents Featured Artist Series With Renowned Graphics Visionary and Designer Don Pendleton
Volcom proudly announces their latest collaboration for Spring 2016 with American Grammy Award-winning artist, designer and illustrator, Don Pendleton. This exclusive capsule collection is a tribute to Don’s early days, merging together a creative trifecta of skateboarding, art and music.
The nine-piece signature collection includes a total of three t-shirts, two woven tops, a sweatshirt, boardshorts, bucket hat and wallet, all of which feature Don’s exclusive artwork and unique Volcom Stone owl logo.
“I chose to do everything in this collection by hand because I wanted this to be an organic tribute to my early days—the DIY photocopied, handcut, half-tones, and paste-up stuff,” explains Don Pendleton. “Working with Volcom seemed like a really cool opportunity and I’ve followed what they’ve been doing since the beginning. This entire process has been a true collaboration and there is nothing in this collection that I wouldn’t wear.”
Raised in rural West Virginia, art has always been a part of Don Pendleton’s life with his first introduction coming from his father who spent evenings painting at the kitchen table. Don’s passion for skateboarding began at the age of 14 where he then went on to obtain sponsorships, compete and skate in demos with the likes of Matt Hensley. In 1992, Don shifted his focus back to the art world after an ankle injury and completed a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts at Marshall University in 2004. A standout chapter in Don’s career occurred during his days as a news editor for the Beckley-Register Herald where he answered a classified ad from an Ohio-based skateboard company looking for a graphic designer. That company was Alien Workshop and is where Don’s unmistakable style developed, bringing his art to the forefront of skateboarding community alongside the rest of the world.
While many artists have made their contributions to the pantheon of skateboard art, few have produced as much as Don and for as long with such a singular and recognizable aesthetic. Don went on to work for several skateboarding companies after Alien Workshop, than eventually moved on to focus on his own projects. His art has been exhibited across the globe as well as featured in multiple publications. Don has produced commercial work for a variety of clients ranging from Mountain Dew, Oakley and Pearl Jam—for which his album artwork won a Grammy Award in 2015.
For this collaboration, the Volcom skate team was personally invited to visit Pearl Jam bass player, Jeff Ament’s home in Montana to skate at his private concrete bowl and hang with Don. Volcom brought on close friend and celebrated photographer Arto Saari to capture the intimate occasion. This combination of music, art and skateboarding highlights the ongoing connection between punk-rock roots and the modern creative world.
In celebration of the upcoming collection, Volcom held a private event with DTS Space LA at the FLOOD Gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 25th. Invited guests enjoyed a first look at the collection, gallery of original Don Pendleton art, as well as received limited Pearl Jam screen printed tees.
The Don Pendleton Collection is now available exclusively at Volcom retail stores worldwide and on www.volcom.com.
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