Jimbo PhillipsFrom: Santa Cruz, California Age: 71
Jimbo is an artist from Santa Cruz, California, who was literally raised on eye popping graphics. His father, Jim Phillips, designed all the artwork for Santa Cruz Skateboards in the 70’s and 80’s and was the creator of the iconic “Screaming Hand” logo. At age 18 Jimbo began working for his father doing graphics for the skateboard industry (Santa Cruz Skateboards), creating eye-popping graphics for t-shirt designs, decals, magazine ads, and skateboards. In 1990 Jimbo started his own graphic art business for skateboard companies, designing logos for local surf shops, and silk-screening t-shirts and posters for local punk and metal bands. His client list grew and now includes great companies such as Santa Cruz Skateboards-Surfboards, Fox Racing, Sessions, Fat Wreck Chords, Bell Helmets and Natal Design (Japan). In 2001 Jimbo did an international ad campaign for Snickers candy bars, which got him nominated for artist of the year by Archive Magazine and was featured on the cover. In 2002 Jimbo’s Bomber Chick helmet design for Giro received Helmet Graphic of the year in SKI Magazine. In 2005 his art was featured on Tony Hawk American Wasteland video game where the game weaves in and out of Jimbo’s comic book format. In 2007 Jimbo donated artwork to Second Harvest Food Bank for a skateboard graphic where all the proceeds go to help “Grind out Hunger!” Rob Dyrdek from MTV’s “ Rob and Big” show recently commissioned Jimbo for an “ art piece” to add to his personal art collection. Jimbo is currently busy working on new designs for Santa Cruz Skateboards/Surfboards, a new shoe graphic for DC Shoes, and new rock posters for Bill Graham Presents. Jimbo is an artist who strives to push the envelope of what is possible on a skateboard, helmet, or any surface and continues to do so in a fluid yet eye catching style. Keep your eyes peeled for Jimbo’s graphic assault!