On March 09, 2009 I broke my neck surfing at Westwards Zuma Beach. Shortly thereafter the Skate and Art communities began to organize a benefit for me. Glen E. Friedman called to say that Shepard Fairey was going to create a limited edition poster stylizing one of Glen’s photographs of me. The image was a Frontside Air at the Endless Wave Skate Park in Oxnard, CA in 1977. When the posters came out I framed one and hung it in my office. While looking at the poster one day I began to reminisce about the significance of the board I was riding. I thought to myself that Shepard’s artwork would fit nicely on that board shape.
Starting in 1976 these boards were handmade by Wes Humpston and me. Wes would illustrate the boards with Marks-a-Lot pens making each board a unique art piece. The board from Glen’s photo was one of the last handmade boards I rode. The shape evolved into the original Jim Muir “Red Dog Design” production board when Dogtown Skateboards debuted in 1978. The original 1978 “Red Dog Design” shape and graphic are still available today.
About a year and a half ago I made a sample run of 14 handmade replica “1977” backyard pool boards. I showed the boards to Shepard and suggested that he resize the poster art to the shape of the “1977” board for collaboration. Shepard agreed and I made a sample run of the 14 boards with the screen printed first generation art. When we showed Glen the work samples he added his input and Shepard finalized the second generation art which I then screen printed on this limited edition collaboration. During the production of the 14 artist samples, the “1977” board I rode in Glen’s photo resurfaced and was given the name “The Lost Board”.
Here are the details of the collaboration run. All the boards are handmade, true to detail of the 1977 “Lost Board”, silk screened and finished by me. All of the boards are signed and numbered by Shepard Fairey, Glen E. Friedman, and me.
-Jim “Red Dog” Muir
75 Natural Maple Boards (Edition of 90)
5 Custom Airbrushed Color Fade Boards (Edition of 90)
All boards are HANDMADE, SHAPED, and SCREEN PRINTED by Jim Muir.
Signed and Numbered by Shepard Fairey, Glen E. Friedman, and Jim “Red Dog” Muir.
Natural Maple Boards – $175 each
Custom Airbrushed Color Fade Maple Boards – $250 each
These limited edition boards are available on November 21st at 10am PST at Obey