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Pay your respects to Mr Vernon Courtlandt Johnson

28 JAN 2009 | Posted By: Luke

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There are very few artists that can claim that their artwork has helped to define an entire subculture and era. Vernan Courtlandt Johnson (VCJ) can easliy stand by that claim as his iconic illustrations shaped and represented one the of the most influential skateboard brands of the 80s, Powell Peralta. Still to this day, his illustrations are out of this world and in terms of illustrative skulls, he's still number one in my book. Mad respect for you VCJ.

Check some samples of his iconic skateboard graphic work below... Mad respect for you Mr VCJ.

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There are "12" comment(s) on "Pay your respects to Mr Vernon Courtlandt Johnson"

Respect JiMBOB
So much awesomnessess, so many memoriesess of riding our home made half pipe built out of for sale signs. We would ride then hop off and bang all the loose nails back in, so much pain remembering the bus that ran my PP over...
JiMBOB  -  5 years ago
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Respect Luke
Ahh the for sale signs... i tried to to layer a quarter pipe with one of those back in the day... ended in tears though...
Luke  -  5 years ago
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Respect Rens
Defined an entire subculture and still inspires the movement with countless rip offs / homages in design twenty years later!
Rens  -  5 years ago
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Respect Jamie
God what an awesome gallery. How good was 'Animal Chin' and 'Ban this' back in the day? Memory lane much?
Jamie  -  5 years ago
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Advanced Member GoldPox
True that. 'Ban This' and 'Shackle me not' (H-Street) were spot on. We tried to resurface our backyard half pipe with thin sheet metal. We pretty much all needed stitches within a week. Uuurgh.
GoldPox  -  5 years ago
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New Lounger 0DE02E65
awesome work mr lucas! great to see the whole bunch of VCJ graphics all together. that mcGill graphic, the bones ripper and the per welinder are some of the best graphics of all time.
0DE02E65  -  5 years ago
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New Lounger 0DE02E65
one of the other graphics that i think is incredible is teh ghostbusters logo, seriously awesome and so simple. did a quick look around and apparently (according to a guy who was drunk at work and had apparently jsut met the guy) it was designed by a character called richard whyte. could be interesting to see what else he's been up to too.
0DE02E65  -  5 years ago
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Respect pashoncoop
Memories indeed.
pashoncoop  -  5 years ago
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Member tyrant
This stuff is the shit! Timeless!
tyrant  -  5 years ago
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Member Citizen
Endless rad...old PP was the shit....before the 90's came and changed everything!
Citizen  -  5 years ago
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Member Citizen
Wow...I'd never seen that 1981 McGill graphic! That never went into production, yeah?
Citizen  -  5 years ago
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Senior Member terriblereactor
delightful
terriblereactor  -  5 years ago
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