Bigfoot at Designercon 2016 in Pasadena
For the 5th year in a row, Bigfoot will have a booth space at the artist vending convention and an imperative gathering of who's who of lowbrow art,designer toys, and figures known as Designercon.
Bigfoot will have for sale a new array of t-shirts, one of a kind original paintings, prints, and figures.
It all takes place on November 19th and 20th 2016 at:
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
BOOTH Space # 1721
Mike Vallely Elephant board remixed my Bigfoot available for pre-order now!
Now Available for Pre-Order:
Vallely x Bigfoot Elephant Boards in Mini, Modern and Tusker Shapes.
About The Art:
In 1987, after watching a television program about the plight of African Elephants, I decided that I wanted to have an African Elephant on what would be my first Pro Model Skateboard. Since then, the Elephant has become synonymous with me and with my skating. And as many times as the Elephant has been reused, reinterpreted and repurposed for the different seasons, stages and junctures of my skateboard career, I have never felt a soulful connection to any of the art like I did with the original art from 1988, that is until now.
I knew there was only one artist that I could turn to who could truly reinterpret the original graphic with great reverence, perceive the depth of the primary inspiration for the art, honor my ongoing relationship to the Elephant and yet create something new and meaningful now: Bigfoot.
The path to this art was not taken in haste. Like with the original art, there was great reluctance from the artist, but both times it has been met with my certainty and persistence. Even at 17, I knew that despite Powell Peralta’s insistence that a different artist should create my desired Elephant, that VCJ was the artist for the job, just as I knew Bigfoot was the artist for this job. And just like with the original VCJ art, the Bigfoot Elephant has taken a year to emerge from the forest of inspiration to the streets of revelation.
Having my friend and my favorite artist create this art for me, and for Street Plant, is something very meaningful to me. A dream come true. After all of these years, I couldn’t just have another artist create another Elephant image on one of my skateboards. It had to be, just like with the original, THE Elephant by THE Artist to fulfill THE Dream. Very few times in life do all of the pieces fall into place, but when they do, everything is as it should be. This art represents such a moment to me.
Bigfoot’s personal story is intertwined in this art as well. Growing up Skateboarding in the mid-late 80’s in Central New Jersey, discovering his own Sensitivity and Compassion for Animals, finding his way to California, Communicating his Love and Concern for and his desire to Protect the Earth, Nature and it’s Animals through the distinction and symbolism of drawing Bigfoot, is very much inline with the awareness and preservation concept of the original Elephant art. In 1987 I chose an Elephant to tell my story, in 1994 Bigfoot chose Bigfoot. These are Kindred Spirits, and this art sees Bigfoot and the Elephant morphed into one resplendent being staring into the future of Skateboarding: A symbol of Love and Strength.
— Mike Vallely
Bigfoot's signature Street Assault model by Street Plant OUT NOW!!!
Screen Printed Bigfoot Street Assault Signature Board with Art By Bigfoot.
8.5 x 32 5/8
Wheelbase: 14 3/8
Nose: 7 1/8
Tail: 6 7/8
Red Bottom Veneer.
Natural Top Veneer.
Shape designed By Bigfoot and Professor Schmitt.
Built By PS Stix and Screen Printed at Screaming Squeegees.
About The Art:
When we were in Japan for the Street Plant Japan Tour 2016, I was standing with Kristian Svitak on a cool and breezy spring day in Toyama watching Bigfoot shoot photos with Mark Nisbet on a pedestrian bridge over a small river surrounded by rice fields. It was perfect. And as I watched Bigfoot going through different poses for Mark, I reflected upon on how much his art and his friendship mean to me, and it was then that I had an epiphany: Bigfoot isn’t just an artist for Street Plant — He is an integral part of Street Plant, as much as any person, artist or skater is or can ever be. And as I thought about it, I realized that through his art, his energy and his passion he is a conduit for EVERYTHING Good about Skateboarding (what every pro skater should strive to be) and so it is people like Bigfoot that we, Street Plant, should be honoring with Signature Boards. And it was in that moment that I better understood what Street Plant is, what it stands for and what it aspires to… And I have to thank my friend Bigfoot for helping me see this by just being himself. Truly, the people that we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are and the value of the world that we inhabit. Thank You Bigfoot, for simply being you!
— Mike Vallely
Bigfoot Exhibition November 5th 2016 Karatsu Japan
Bigfoot is happy to announce a exhibition at his friends skateshop,
POSSI in the city of Karatsu, Saga prefecture,Japan.
The event takes place on November 5th, one day after the glorious Karatsu Kunchi festival
held every year on November 2,3, and 4th for several centuries...
Everyone in southern Japan is invited to join in the fun,tradition, and culture that Karatsu has to offer!!